State Health and Wellness

Ideas for State Association Meetings​

Awareness with a Health and Wellness Toolkit​
Health/Wellness and Substance Use Disorder Topics​​
Wellness Activities to your Attendees ​ Fundraising Opportunities to your Display
AANA and State Association Leadership Wellness Resources for Meeting Attendees

There are many health and wellness ideas to support the personal well-being of CRNAs and student nurse anesthetists close to where they live and work. See the State Health and Wellness Exhibit Toolkit for a printable version of these ideas and to download handouts or art for the display. ​

Benefits to promoting health and wellness: 

  • Adds variety and networking opportunities
  • Helps encourage healthy behaviors 
  • Provides awareness of the occupational risk of substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Informs members of the AANA resources for assisting colleagues with SUD
  • Recruit local students, or CRNAs who work together, to help organize or "staff" the table; great learning experience and intro to getting invilved in the state association.
  • Offer fresh fruit, healthy granola bars, or bags of nuts and dried fruits in attractive display, or host chair massages for a wellness break.
  • Supply flyers, articles, or free government brochures on wellness topic - see toolkit.
Health/Wellness and Substance Use Disorder Topics:​  

There are so many topics of health and wellness that are beneficial to your audience.​
Wellness Activities to your Attendees: 

There are lots of creative ideas from 5K walk/runs, Yoga, tai chi, salsa dancing, Zumba, etc. Poll your membership - you might find several skilled to run a class or eager to lead a group of walker or runners. 

Fundraising Opportunities to your Wellness Display:

Run a game or raffle to encourage social responsibility.  Funds could be raised to donate to nonprofits such as the AANA Foundation for scholarships or the Jan Stewart Memorial Wellness Lecture Series fund, a local charity, or a cause related to patient safety. 

AANA and State Association Leadership: 

AANA Leadership​ supports CRNA and student nurse anesthetists' wellness.  Invite national and state leaders to be included in your health and wellness activities.

Wellness Resources for Meeting Attendees:
  • Post information on local houses of worship - spiritual wellness opportunity for those away from home.
  • Schedule an Anesthetists in Recovery (AIR) support meeting.  Your State Peer Advisor (SPA) can provide information or contact the AIR phone number. 
  • Designate a morning or evening meeting spot and time for runners and walkers to informally congregate and go out as a group. 
  • List or link to information about the hotel's fitness center or local classes.
Share your ideas - send photos or stories to wellness@aana.com
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