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Las Vegas Hotel Bets on Health, Wellness

Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, October 17, 2012

It's hard to stay healthy on the road, as many of you who do the annual healthcare marketing conference circuit know. Between the stagnant plane air, the chilly hotel room, and the sugar-laden breakfast spread, it's a wonder we make it to our meetings at all.

And let's face it, who among us doesn't expense one too many Starbucks drinks. It's all too easy for our regular healthy habits to go out the rental car window.

But the next time you're in Vegas you don't necessarily have to trade travel for health. The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has partnered with a New York real estate firm, Columbia University Medical Center, and Cleveland Clinic to create "Stay Well Rooms" – a new venture in healthy hotel rooms.

The 41 rooms, a sliver of the hotel's 5,044 rooms, include several features that aim to improve sleep, reduce allergens, promote healthy eating, and reduce stress.

For example, the rooms' lighting is designed to improve the production of melatonin, which can help a guest sleep better and adjust from jet lag more quickly. Dawn-simulating alarm clocks gently wake guests with light, rather than jolt them from slumber  with a typical alarm buzzer or music.

And HEPA-standard air purification system are said to reduce ambient allergens and toxins. A water filtration system reduces disinfectant byproducts, chlorine, and pesticides. And shower water is infused with Vitamin C to neutralized chlorine.

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