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2012 Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference Announced

June 26th, 2011 - From the Organizers

The 2011 Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference just ended with an announcement of the 2012 location and date. But first, a recap from our view as organizers based on feedback received during the weekend.

* People loved the activities. Fit Health Into Life offered a hike on Friday morning before the conference even ended and I had a large number of people tell me how nice it was to get to know other attendees this way. The Kangoo class was a big hit, 20 people signed up for yoga on Saturday morning, and we still have people on mountain bikes and at a local gym class in post-conference programs as this is posted.

* Boulder is a great place for a conference. Especially a Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference. It is a little tougher to get to but people loved walking to dinner at Whole Foods on Friday night (the bloggers from LA said they don’t walk anywhere), walking down to the Pearl Street pedestrian mall, and seeing views of the Flatirons from the windows of the party room.

* Everything worked as planned. We are always sort of stunned as organizers when people tell us “I have been to a bunch of conferences but this one was better organized than most.” As conference organizers, we sort of feel as if being organized is part of the job! Still, we are happy to hear the feedback.

* Discussions were stimulating. This conference, as with most blogger conferences, was as much about discussion as about learning. One of the best sessions for this was the Hot Topics in Fitness & Health Blogging led by Toni Carey of CRT/tanaka in which the audience did most of the talking. Very cool.

Those were just some of the highlights. And now on to the announcement.

Our final keynote speaker was Jim Ellis of the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center at the University of Colorado. Jim gave an excellent talk on the center’s goal to become the “Silicon Valley” of health and wellness in the United States, helping to reduce obesity and increase healthfulness across the country. He talked about how bloggers can be a critical part of making this happen but should base their posts on the science of health and wellness rather than trends or unsubstantiated claims.

He also announced that the 2012 Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference will be June 22-24 at the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center in Denver, Colorado.

What does this mean for attendees?

* Access to over 100 of the top health and wellness researchers in the country who will present their cutting edge research as part of the conference content.

* Access to the fitness center lab including a running track, exercise rooms, gym, and pool in which attendees can learn about and participating in ongoing research studies.

* Access to a “consumer research grocery store” and “research restaurant” that tests theories of healthy lifestyles related to everyday living.

* Access to a “healthy kitchen” in which attendees can take health cooking classes during the weekend.

* Access to meeting rooms, the cafeteria, and resources of a brand-new three-story building set to open in April 2012, only two months prior to our conference.

We are raising the bar here on the entire concept of blogger conferences by connecting to a reputable organization that is positioned to become a national leader in the area of health and fitness. The center’s goal is to improve the health of America and they are giving us the opportunity to partner with them to achieve this goal.

Registration is open today and is limited to 200 attendees.

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