Speakers lined up for first wellness event for hospitality workers

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Experts in fitness, nutrition and drinks are coming together for the first event for the newly launched Healthy Hospo platform for people working in the hospitality industry.

Taking pace in London on January 15, it is for bartenders and others working in the industry to find out how to live a healthier lifestyle, with a series of 20-minute bite-size talks and practical workshops.

Speakers are due to include performance nutritionist Matt Gardner, Sue Leckie of Maverick Pilates, personal trainer Danny Fisher, yoga instructor Melissa Zelaya and Kirsten McCarron, founder of fitness programme PureBallet.

Alongside them, specialists from the drinks world will include bartender Jim Wrigley of Bourne & Hollingsworth and Luhv Drinks, St-Germain liqueur’s global brand ambassador Camille Ralph Vidal and Adrian Hodson, founder of Real Kombucha.

It will be led by Healthy Hospo’s founder Tim Etherington-Judge (pictured), who has over 20 years’ experience working in the international drinks industry, most recently as global brand ambassador for Bulleit whiskey.

He launched Healthy Hospo at the end of last year as a not-for-profit social enterprise with an objective to build a healthier, happier, more productive hospitality industry around the world.

The new multi-faceted project incorporates a website providing free-to-use information, advice and support at healthyhospo.com, events including practical workshops and seminars on health and wellness, and a consultancy that will work with employers to improve the health of the workplace.

Tim founded Healthy Hospo after recovering from a mental breakdown in 2016, drawing on his experience to support and help his peers. He has brought together a collective of hospitality professionals including former bartenders, global brand ambassadors and external experts in the fields of mental health, nutrition, personal fitness, yoga and pilates.

Tim said: “In 2016 I had a very personally traumatic time but I wanted to take this experience and turn it into something positive. Healthy Hospo will seek to improve the health and wellness of hospitality professionals throughout the industry through preventative measures enabling them to lead healthier, happier working lives and build more sustainable careers.

“I also hope that by doing this we will also benefit business owners, helping them build a healthier workforce resulting in increased profitability, staff retention and reduced lost days to sickness.”

Tickets for the first wellness workshop, which runs from 10.30am to 6pm at Core Clapton, can be purchased for £10 via the Healthy Hospo website at https://healthyhospo.com/.

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