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Las Vegas Hotel Bets on Health, Wellness

Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, October 17, 2012

Even the food options are better – mini bars are stocked with healthy snacks, such as coconut water and almonds. And a special room service menu includes healthful options such as steel-cut oats for breakfast and tofu-and-veggie sandwiches for lunch or dinner.

All this comes for just $30 more than the MGM's standard room rates.

What's more, guests can access three of Cleveland Clinic's online wellness programs for free during their stay and for a fee for 60 days following, so their healthy habits don't evaporate once they check out.

Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic, explains his decision to focus on hotel guest's sleep, stress, and eating habits.

"The goal was to choose what is the best fit for traveling individuals," he says. "Most people understand the importance of not smoking and tobacco cessation, so we didn't feel that was necessary [to include]." As for exercise, "most people understand that as well and there are a lot of other programs available to help with that."

So Cleveland Clinic made three of its wellness programs available to MGM Grand guests: "GO! To Sleep" for insomnia, "GO! Foods for You," for healthy eating habits in line with the Mediterranean diet, and "Stress-Free Now," for stress management.

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