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Flying High & Healthy: Top Airports for the Health-Conscious Traveler

The Forum Events’ Team is prepping to travel across the country from Sarasota, FL (where our beach, Siesta Key, was just named TripAdvisor’s #1 beach in the country!) to another top destination, Los Angeles, CA! While our cargo is en route to the Pacific Palms Resort for another epic tri-Summit event, we’re getting our last minute paperwork and schedule changes underway. Before we grab our boarding passes and hit the runway, we’re planning how to keep what’s left of our New Year’s Resolutions intact.

If you’re also making the trek to California for the HR & Employee Benefits Summit, Training & Development Summit or Hospitality & Facilities Forum, some of you may be blessed with healthier options than others.

According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), 75 percent of restaurants at America’s busiest 30 airports offer at least one healthy, plant-based entrée. PCRM weighed this statistic by measuring the percentage of airport restaurants offering entrees with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.

Kudos to business travelers across America for becoming increasingly health conscious, and to the restaurant industry for meeting these demands! The study states that in 2001, only 57 percent of airport restaurants offered healthy options, a percentage that has obviously climbed.

Here’s a list of the top 10 healthiest airports in the US:

#1: 92 % Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
#2: 90 % Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
#3: 88 % Los Angeles International Airport
#4: 87 % Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
#5: 85 % Newark Liberty International Airport
#6: 84 % Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
#7: 84 % LaGuardia Airport
#8: 83 % Denver International Airport
#9: 82 % San Francisco International Airport
#10: 80% Dulles International Airport

So what should you be lining up for during your layovers? Airports are pointing travelers to more nutritious quick stops. PCRM’s dietitian, Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., says one of the best choices in the terminal is the “build-your-own” option available at many restaurants. Levin recommends loading up on fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, seeds, and fiber-rich whole grains, like brown rice and quinoa. You can take advantage of these options at Houston’s Real Food Company and Philadelphia’s Saladworks, offering an as-you-order-it salad option. If you’ve only got a few moments and have a restrictive diet – stop by Real Food Daily at LAX, the nation’s first all-vegan airport restaurant.

While we’re still fond of the hot, fast and greasy chains, keep in mind that sticking with the greens during your travels boosts mental wellness, making you feel calmer, happier and more energetic.




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