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Seven Ways to Kickstart Wellness Activities

The Annual Meeting & OTO Experience offers a range of opportunities to get moving. Do something good for yourself, boost your energy, and make the most of your Annual Meeting experience. Here are seven planned activities to work into your schedule:

Sunrise Yoga:  Offering a way to boost your energy all day long, today’s Annual Meeting & OTO Experience started at 6:30 am with sunrise yoga.

Wellness Education: As part of the AAO-HNS/F commitment to physician wellness, the education program includes several sessions focused on your personal care. Some sessions you’ll want to attend include:

  • From Burnout to Wellness: A Description of Burnout and How to Maintain Wellness
  • From Burnout to Well-Being: Optimizing Self-Care and Model for Trainees/Others
  • Mind-Body Medicine: Tools to Reduce Stress and Foster Resilience and Well-Being

Stay Hydrated:  We all know water helps muscles and joints work better. When you’re well hydrated, the water inside and outside the cells of contracting muscles provides adequate nutrients and removes waste efficiently so you perform better. As you spend your day attending education sessions and exploring the exhibit hall, remember to enjoy the water stations in the back of each session room and scattered throughout the exhibit hall.

“Get Moving” Breaks:  Conference fatigue is a common problem for attendees who sit for a long time throughout the day in meetings and sessions. Muscles tighten, posture becomes slouched, and energy levels plummet as the day wears on. This affects the brain as much as the body. To help overcome this fatigue, we invite you to enjoy a “Get Moving” break session each morning of the conference—upper body stretches, lower body in motion, and yoga poses.

OTOs on the Run 5K:  Dash to the finish line in New Orleans at the OTOs on the Run 5K! Enjoy the sights and sounds of the “Big Easy,” get your endorphins flowing, and keep up with your fitness goals. All participants will receive a shirt, a runner’s bib, and post-race nourishment.

“Morning Meeting” a 12-Step Recovery Resource:  This is a daily 12-step Recovery Meeting based on the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step Recovery Program. Led by an otolaryngologist, the meeting is provided for conference attendees only. The meeting welcomes any and all 12-Step fellowships, embraces individuals in recovery from all addictions and addictive processes, supports individuals with family or friends in recovery, and provides resources to those who are simply curious about the program.

Young Physicians Section Wellness Fair:  Join the Young Physicians Section (YPS) at their first Wellness Fair at the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. Geared toward the mental and physical well-being of young ENTs, the Wellness Fair features topics from nutrition to insurance issues – and everything in between. Do something good for yourself, your loved ones, and your career: Take part in the YPS Wellness Fair.

Check the conference schedule for dates and times of these healthy activities.

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