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Strike a balance with your career and health — each day you are faced with multiple projects, pending deadlines and various emergencies. How often do you take time for you? Discover options that help you find that middle ground and make time to breathe deeply.


Open you mind outside the education sessions and join ALA in the Exhibit Hall, in the two Recharge Lounges. One focuses on your career and the other on your health. Relax, charge your device, engage in conversation with colleagues, and learn things that help you expand your outlook.


Feed your body with healthy choices on the buffets, balancing protein, fruits and veggies, and carbohydrates. Drink plenty of water; hotels are notoriously dry and we want you to stay hydrated.


Refresh your spirit with exercise and fitness. Join us for yoga or a walk outside on Monday morning, U-JAM or a walk Tuesday morning, and Zumba or a 5K run/walk Wednesday; all begin at 6 a.m.

Join us in the NEW Recharge Your Career Lounge, Booth #335 in the Exhibit Hall, to charge your phone or laptop, get a new headshot taken thanks to our sponsor, VIBE, and review your LinkedIn profile and make it reflect the best you possible. 

Headshots and LinkedIn consultations will be available the following times:

 Monday, April 15:  10–11 a.m., 1–2 p.m. and 3:15–4 p.m. 
 Tuesday, April 16:  9:30–10 a.m. and 1:30–2 p.m.
 Wednesday, April 17:  9–9:30 a.m. and 11:30–1 p.m.

Visit our Recharge Your Health Lounge, Booth #1235 in the Exhibit Hall, to recharge your device and experience The Wellness Lab, NEW this year! We'll offer four 15-minute interactive wellness breaks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. These sessions educate you on stress and energy management while helping you stay healthy and feeling good during the conference.

The Wellness Lab provides proven scientific strategies, hands-on skills, and takeaway tools. Here's our anticipated schedule:

 Monday, April 14: 10:15 a.m. 
12:45 p.m.  
1:15 p.m.    
3:30 p.m.    
Deep Sleep 
All-Day Energy
Express Chair Stretching
Rocket-Fuel Foods
 Tuesday, April 15: 9:30 a.m.    
10 a.m.       
1:30 p.m.     
1:45 p.m.     
Quick Meals Made Easy
Two-Minutes to Less Stress
Power Meditation 
Roll Away Muscle Tension
 Wednesday, April 16: 9:15 a.m.    
11:30 a.m.   
12:30 p.m.   
All-Day Energy
Quick Meals Made Easy
Two-Minutes to Less Stress
Express Chair Stretching

In the Area

The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center offers many options for fitness and recreation in the hotel and in the area:

On Property

  • Fitness Center
  • Swimming, indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpool               
  • Relâche Spa & Salon; appointment required


  • Biking trail and rentals, 1 mile
  • Boating, 1 mile
  • Bowling, 5 miles
  • Horseback riding, 5 miles
  • Jet-skiing, 1 mile
  • Kayaking, 1 mile
  • Sailing, 1 mile
  • Water-skiing, 1 mile
  • Nature preserve and trail, 1 mile


  • Cowboys Golf Club, 1 mile
  • Grapevine Municipal Golf Course, 4 miles
  • Indian Creek Golf Club, 11 miles
  • Tour 18 Dallas, 16 miles
  • The Tribute Golf Club, 23 miles


Your health matters! ALA is committed to your physical and mental wellness while you are on the road, and we hope you join us each morning to exercise and focus on you before your days of education.

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