Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! Additionally, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
Millie Cooper, known as the “First Lady of Aerobics,” was recently honored with the Sandi Haddock Impact Award at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon in Dallas thanks to her global efforts to promote physical activity and healthy habits. Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth H. Cooper, are longtime supporters of the American Heart Association and major advocates of living healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease.
At the February 4 luncheon, close to 1,300 attendees heard from heart attack survivor Elissa Taylor, a Dallas-area mother who in 2015 had a heart attack at age 39. Her message to women is to take care of yourself, slow down, see your doctor and know the warning signs of a heart attack (which are different in women than in men).
Additionally, Lori Greiner of Shark Tank and QVC-TV paralleled business success with living healthy lifestyles. She explained the importance of women taking control of their health, not being afraid to ask questions and working hard to be healthy, safe and there for their loved ones.
The phrase “Go Red” is a call to action for women to understand the risk of heart disease and stroke and actively work to keep their bodies healthy in order to prevent a cardiac event. Remember…
G – Get Your Numbers
O – Own Your Lifestyle
R – Raise Your Voice
E – Educate Your Family
D – Donate
National Frozen Yogurt Day is Saturday, February 6. Frozen yogurt is a great lower-calorie alternative to ice cream, and can add a dose of nutrients and flavor to your diet when topped with healthy fruits and nuts! What’s your favorite flavor and topping? Click here to learn more about suggested frozen yogurt serving size and topping choices from Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services.
Welcome to the Cooper Fitness Center Pro Zone! This monthly blog post will be the place to learn all about our Cooper Fitness Center sports professionals, the programs they offer and how sports training can benefit you. From tennis, swimming and basketball to boxing and martial arts, we have a pro for you!
Whether you’re looking to add a new level to your workout routine, participate in a group exercise program or enhance existing athletic skills, you’ll accomplish your goals with our pros. Get to know Mike, Corey, Derrick, Marni, Steve and Coleman below:
Mike Proctor, Martial Arts Pro: 45+ years of experience
Q: How did you begin practicing martial arts?
A: I began practicing the martial ways as a child growing up in a U.S. military household. In 1962, I began to take lessons in various styles of the arts.
Q: For those setting health and fitness resolutions, what is your number one tip for success?
A: Each New Year brings reflections of the past and visions of the future, along with a body that is a year older. It is never too late to challenge yourself with new activities and a healthier lifestyle.
Q: What is one thing you wish everybody knew about martial arts?
A: Martial arts demand focus and dependability. These are two aspects of character essential to meet any challenge, whether set by oneself or by life. To quote Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.” It worked for Great Britain in 1940, and it will work for you in 2016!
Corey Noel, Assistant Tennis Pro: 10+ years of experience
Q: Why do you enjoy teaching tennis?
A: I love teaching tennis because it’s a lifelong sport. It’s my biggest passion and I love seeing the enjoyment on players’ faces when they learn a new skill or see improvement in their game.
Q: For those setting health and fitness resolutions, what is your number one tip for success?
A: Set achievable, concrete goals. Ideas such as “lose weight” or “eat healthier” are positive goals, but are difficult to achieve and measure. Setting specific week-to-week or even day-to-day goals are easier to achieve and keep you in line with what you’re aiming for overall.
Q: How do you define good sportsmanship?
A: I define good sportsmanship as playing the game with integrity and common courtesy, much the same way we should all try to live our lives. It means giving your opponent the benefit of the doubt, recognizing that fun should be the primary goal of any sport and playing each game or match to the best of your abilities and with maximum effort.
Derrick James, Boxing Pro: 35+ years of experience
Q: Why do you enjoy teaching boxing?
A: I enjoy the interaction I have with my clients and members – they are always eager to learn and to work hard.
Q: Who was the primary influence when you were introduced to boxing, and who is your greatest role model?
A: My mother and my boxing coach are my biggest influences, and also my role models. They always had high standards and I didn’t ever want to disappoint them.
Q: How do you define good sportsmanship?
A: A good sport is someone who is able to take a loss with the same grace as they embrace and enjoy a victory.
Marni Kerner, Swim Pro: 15+ years of experience
Q: What is your favorite thing about Cooper?
A: There are so many things I love about Cooper! Perhaps at the top of my list is knowing I am part of a community that is surrounded by the most amazing resources for health and fitness knowledge, opportunities and experience.
Q: Why do you enjoy teaching swimming?
A: I love teaching confidence in the water. I believe it carries over into other aspects of life. Swimming can be very technical and challenging, so I often see a growing sense of pride alongside skill improvement, which leads to the health benefits swimming can provide. I am also happy to know I am teaching a lifelong sport and perhaps lifesaving skills.
Q: Who is your favorite role model, and why is he or she important to you?
A: My father is an amazing role model. At almost 80 years of age, he portrays a Cooperized lifestyle. He stays fit with daily exercise, including swimming!
Steve Franklin, Tennis Pro: 20+ years of experience
Q: What is one thing you wish everyone knew about tennis?
A: Tennis can be enjoyed by many people on many levels, including competitive, emotional, intellectual and social. Tennis mirrors life in various ways, and the longer you play and compete, the more obvious it becomes.
Q: When did you begin playing tennis?
A: I began playing tennis at the age of 10. I played almost every sport growing up and enjoyed team sports, but I was drawn to tennis because of the competitive one-on-one nature of the game.
Q: Who was the primary influence when you were introduced to tennis?
A: I was introduced to tennis by my father, who began playing at the public parks in Tennessee, just like me. For me, it was a family affair with father, brothers, wife and sons all enjoying the game.
Coleman Crawford, Basketball Pro: 30 years of experience
Q: For those setting health and fitness resolutions, what is your number one tip for success?
A: I would suggest people set attainable goals, be consistent with efforts to achieve those goals and listen to your body throughout the entire process. Always pay close attention to your health.
Q: What are some of your favorite basketball memories?
A: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) basketball games…and meeting Michael Jordan!
Q: If you could train in another sport under another sports pro, what would it be?
A: Boxing with CFC Boxing Pro Derrick James.
Tune in for more information and news about Cooper Fitness Center Sports Pros at cooperfitnesscenter.com/ProZone.
Each year, Cooper Fitness Center recognizes members who exemplify the Get Cooperized model and represent Cooper Fitness Center in the best ways possible. This year, we had an incredible pool of nominees as Cooper ambassadors, which made it challenging to select just a few. Congratulations to all of the recipients!
Male of the Year: Don Winspear
Don Winspear is a brave and tenacious role model. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder known as TM (transverse myelitis) in December 2012, Don quickly lost sensation of both his legs and became paralyzed. With his doctor, Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, Don has become an advocate for The CONQUER Project, a collaborative effort working to solve issues for autoimmune patients. He has also worked with his Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer, Louie Herrera, to incorporate recuperation methods for daily function. “Don works out with me on a very consistent basis, and during our training sessions we discuss ways to improve his nutrition and recuperation methods for daily function,” says Louie.
Others within Cooper Fitness Center take note of his determination and dedication as well. “It is truly inspirational to see Don turn a potential adversity into opportunity,” says Lisa Hanley, Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer. “It is a pleasure to work alongside of him.” Don embodies living a Cooperized life as he doesn’t let any obstacles stand in his way. Nominated by many trainers and Cooper Fitness Center members, he is the ideal Cooper Fitness Center Male of the Year.
Female of the Year: Cindy Haas
Cindy Haas leads her life by example, demonstrating healthy eating habits and a very active lifestyle. She engages with all Cooper Fitness Center members and is especially encouraging and welcoming to new members. Cindy can be found six days a week at Cooper Fitness Center, participating in core classes along with her daily workout and always inviting new members to join her. She is happy, fun and always joking around. You’ll probably catch her around the holidays dressed to impress with a holiday outfit or accessory! She is encouraging and genuinely represents the Cooper Fitness Center Female of the Year.
Youth of the Year: Amanda Esker
Amanda Esker is a proponent of living a Cooperized life, even at the young age of 12! Amanda has participated in the IGNITE! program since 2011, only missing one session in four years. Her twice-a-week training routine enhances her softball and volleyball performance. According to Shannon Edwards, Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer and director of IGNITE!, Amanda always pushes and challenges herself, and is fiercely committed to her training. She encourages her classmates and is always the first to welcome a new participant. Amanda has conquered all 13 levels of IGNITE!, making her an accomplished and inspiring young athlete.
Most Improved of the Year: Josh Feferman
Josh Feferman is a walking example of how discipline and commitment to a healthy lifestyle pay off. In the past two years, we’ve seen Josh stick with exercise through many life challenges. He has transformed – grown stronger, made his heart healthier and is now able to recover during physical activity much faster than before. His diet is night and day from what he used to eat, resulting in a loss of more than 20 pounds! Josh embodies determination to live a healthy life and is an ideal choice for Most Improved of the Year.
Classic of the Year: Sudsy Adams
Sudsy Adams embraces many roles within Cooper Fitness Center’s Classics program for mature members. She leads by example through her daily workouts, including Classics Pilates and water aerobics. She can also often be found walking the track or swimming during the summer months. According to Jill Samaniego, a Cooper Fitness Center Group Exercise Instructor, Sudsy “is the glue that keeps our early morning seniors together.” Sudsy knows everyone’s birthday and organizes cards and cakes for each one. If a participant is sick, she facilitates the signing of cards and delivering of goodies for “cheering up” purposes. She is also the first one to invite a new member or class participant to join the Classics’ morning coffee group, and even helps them set up their equipment on their first few class days.
Her fellow members say Sudsy is a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and has a heart for service. She volunteers at Medical City Hospital and is active in Highland Park United Methodist Church. “She is an amazing woman and an excellent example of good health, kind spirit and a sound mind that constantly helps others,” says Jill.
Mr. & Mrs. Aerobics: Chuck Day & Susan Randall
Chuck Day and Susan Randall are committed to a healthy, Cooperized lifestyle–they are accountability partners, and they encourage each other in both fitness and everyday life. The two exercise at Cooper Fitness Center every morning and participate in a well-rounded routine, which flawlessly fits in to their everyday life. The couple that trains together stays together, and Chuck and Susan constantly mix up their workouts and challenge their bodies to get stronger.
Outside of Cooper, Chuck and Susan have created a health and wellness incentive program for their 20 employees, based on programs used at Cooper Fitness Center. Their goal is to have 50 percent participation and to serve as healthy role models to their employees. Susan is also dedicated to helping her 92-year-old father live an active lifestyle – they go on walks together to keep him moving. She and Chuck both have hearts for helping other people live the best and healthiest lives possible.
Activ8 Champion: Vicki Nichols
New this year, a member was recognized for her stellar participation in Cooper Fitness Center’s new wellness program, Activ8. Vicki Nichols has embraced Activ8 since its launch in January 2015, using the skills and knowledge she’s gained through the program to continually enhance her workouts, eating habits and everyday lifestyle. She participates in the Activ8 activities and always asks questions to continue the learning process. She is connected with many other members and always makes a point to continue learning, developing and challenging herself on her fitness journey. Because of her deep enthusiasm and desire to learn and improve, Vicki proved herself to be the Activ8 Champion of 2015.
We are extremely proud of the hard work our members put in to living healthy and active lifestyles, and this year’s award recipients fully embody what it means to Get Cooperized. See the video and photos from the ceremony on the Cooper Fitness Center Facebook page. For more information about Cooper Fitness Center membership, visit cooperfitnesscenter.com/members.
An indulgent winter pedicure is in store for you at Cooper Spa Dallas. Even though it may be cold outside, you still want to keep your feet looking and feeling their best – whether it’s for holiday parties, sitting by the fire or to rejuvenate your feet to get you through that last-minute gift shopping! This luxurious seasonal Hot Chocolate Pedicure is designed to relieve muscle tension, improve circulation and hydrate and nourish the skin.
The Hot Chocolate Pedicure experience begins with a rich Dove Hot Chocolate beverage to sweeten your relaxation while your feet soak in a warm milk foot bath. A sweet cream fine body sugar scrub is applied to gently exfoliate for smooth and radiant skin. Marcia has the perfect touch with the pedicure file – there was no tickling at all!
After some cuticle work, buffing of the nails and cuticle oil, it’s time for the indulgent chocolate mask, which is applied all over the feet and legs up to the knees to soften the skin. This chocolate mask looks and smells good enough to eat! Legs and feet are gently wrapped in warm towels for five minutes for skin to absorb the benefits of this therapeutic facial for the lower legs.
Legs and feet are rinsed clean after soaking up the revitalizing effects of the chocolate mask. A soothing massage with Sweet Cream Body Milk lotion follows. Marcia finished the extravagant treatment with the perfect application of polish in Christmas red, of course.
If you want to experience the Hot Chocolate Pedicure for yourself, this 60 minute pampering treatment is available at Cooper Spa Dallas for $68 through February 29, 2016. Additionally, Cooper Spa is offering a seasonal special for a Frozen Berry Facial by Eminence, a 75-minute service that will rejuvenate your complexion by exfoliation and activation of the skin’s renewal process with active ingredients found in the Eminence Arctic Berry system.
There’s still time to purchase a Cooper Spa gift card for that special someone for the holidays. Through December 24, you will receive a $40 voucher for each $300 Cooper Spa gift card purchased at our Dallas location. Come in, call us at 972.392.7729 or visit cooperspa.com/Holiday to purchase your gift card today.
Make a “Cooperized” gingerbread man this holiday season with this delicious healthy cookie recipe from Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services! What’s your favorite way to decorate your gingerbread creations?
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 3 Tbsp. molasses
- 1 large egg
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp. water
- Weigh or lightly spoon flour into measuring cups; level with a knife
- Combine flour, ginger and spices in a bowl; stir with a whisk
- Combine brown sugar, butter and molasses in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed for two minutes
- Add eggs; beat well
- Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat at low speed until well blended
- Divide dough in half (dough will be sticky)
- Gently press dough into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap; cover with additional plastic wrap
- Chill 1 ½ hours
- Preheat oven to 350
- Roll each portion of dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a floured work surface
- Cut with gingerbread man cookie cutter to form 48 cookies
- Place cookies one inch apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray
- Bake at 350 for 8 minutes or until lightly browned
- Remove cookies from baking sheet; cool completely on a wire rack
- To prepare the icing, combine sifted powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. water.
- Spoon the mixture into a zip-top plastic bag; snip a small hole off the corner of the bag
- Pipe icing onto the cookies as desired
Each year, Cooper Fitness Center (CFC) Professional Fitness Trainers nominate one of their teammates who consistently goes above and beyond in their work for the Trainer of the Year Award. This year’s recipient is Jamie Cochran, who has been with CFC since 2012. We sat down with Jamie to find out more about why she loves being a trainer at CFC.
Q: How long have you been a professional fitness trainer, and how long have you been a trainer at Cooper?
A: I’ve worked in the health care/fitness field since 1999. I started out as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), working exclusively in sports medicine, specifically high school and collegiate athletics. I earned my personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2008, and transitioned into personal training in 2010. I found that as my children got older, keeping up a travel schedule with athletic teams was getting harder and harder. As an ATC, I had been writing rehab programs all along, so I decided to move more toward the fitness realm and focus on special populations, which refers to people outside the realm of traditional personal training. These people typically have some “special” consideration that must be observed while training them, for example: rheumatoid arthritis, joint replacements, pre- or post-surgical conditions, Parkinson’s, injury recovery, etc. I came to Cooper Fitness Center in August 2012.
Q: In your own words, what does it mean to be a Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer?
A: As soon as I decided to take my career in the direction of personal training, I knew that I wanted to eventually end up at Cooper. In the health and wellness world, this organization is the gold standard. I’ve enjoyed every aspect of my career, but working here tops it all. Our facility is outstanding, our staff is second to none and our members are awesome! It’s a joy coming to work every day.
Q: What do you think is the most important part of your job as a trainer?
A: By far, the professionalism and level of service that I provide to all of my clients is the most important to me. I take a much more conservative approach to my program design because my niche is special populations. A lot of careful research and time goes into taking care of my clients, and I want to make sure that my approach is always measured, effective and safe.
Q: What is a “typical” day like for you at Cooper Fitness Center?
A: My typical day starts at 5 a.m., and I usually have eight or nine appointments per day. My mornings are usually very busy, but I try to squeeze in an hour to go outside and run on the track when I can. Some days are more booked than others, but I’m typically here until about 4 p.m. every day.
Q: What do you enjoy most about being a trainer?
A: My favorite thing about being a trainer is that my job is never boring or monotonous. Every day is fun and different! Even when I’m very busy, there are always people to laugh and converse with. I took over the Parkinson’s Program a couple months ago and that has been a tremendous blessing. All of my clients are special to me, but working with this group has been especially rewarding.
Q: Why is Cooper Fitness Center a unique place to be a trainer?
A: There is no place like CFC. We have a beautiful campus, great facilities and wonderful members. Our team of Professional Fitness Trainers are collectively the most qualified you’ll find anywhere (maybe the world!).
Q: What does it mean to you to be named CFC Trainer of the Year?
A: I am very honored by this award because it was voted on by my colleagues, who I have a great deal of respect for. Many of them have been in the business quite a bit longer than I have, so I was humbled that they thought enough of me to give me this award.
Q: What is your favorite physical activity/workout?
A: My favorite physical activity is distance running. It’s the one activity I can do to completely disconnect from the world and clear my mind. It’s very therapeutic for me. I’ve run eight half marathons over the years, along with countless other 5Ks and 10Ks. I try to run at least 20-30 miles per week.
Q: What are your favorite hobbies?
A: I love to read. I rarely have time for leisurely reading, but when I get a chance to steal a few moments for myself, that’s what I love to do…even if it’s only for 10 minutes!
Q: What do you like to do after a long day of work?
A: After a long day of work, I’d love to say that I get to take a long soak in a hot bath, but I’m usually rushing off to one of my children’s many sports or school activities or doing homework with them while I cook dinner!