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Podcast: New Weight Loss Drug Approved by FDA

In this podcast, Chip Lavie, MD, joins Todd Whitthorne to discuss Qsymia (formerly dubbed Qnexa), a new weight loss medication approved by the FDA that should be available by the end of this year. Dr. Lavie is triple board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and nuclear cardiology, and is a staff cardiologist at the Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans and is medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and preventive cardiology at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation. Dr. Lavie’s also an active researcher and is the author, or co-author of more than 600 medical publications.

As a society we need additional tools to help those who are struggling with weight. Seventy percent of  Americans are overweight or obese, and the number of those who are morbidly obese continues to grow. The new weight loss medication, Qsymia, is a combination of the drugs phentermine and topiramate, and it’s estimated that weight loss will be 7- to 10 percent. For most individuals, this amount of weight loss can dramatically improve health values, although the person might well still not be at an ideal weight. Dr. Lavie and Todd discuss the potential impact this new medication may have on the obesity epidemic.

Listen to the complete podcast here.

Celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day

Wednesday, May 16 is National Employee Health and Fitness Day. At Cooper Aerobics, we’ll be celebrating with our “Cooper teammates” (also known as our employees) in a few different ways:

  • Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper will be leading teammates on a 1-mile walk around our gorgeous campus.
  • We’re hosting a Get Cooperized Olympics, including relay races, hula hoop contests and more!
  • We’ll have healthy refreshments and snacks available for all teammates.

Poor diet and lack of exercise are responsible for at least 25 percent of healthcare costs incurred by working adults. Yet companies providing wellness offerings have higher productivity rates, less absenteeism due to illness and reduce health risks and associated costs of their workforce.

Celebrating can be a simple, healthy and fun way to interact with your colleagues and promote physical fitness. Start holding a “walking meeting” with your colleagues to get moving. Encourage keeping healthy snacks around the office.

How is your company celebrating National Employee Health and Fitness Day?

To view photos from our celebration, visit the Cooper Aerobics Facebook page.

Kitchen Products from Cooper Wellness

By Kathy Duran-Thal, RD, Director of Nutrition, Cooper Wellness

Below is a list of some of my favorite Dexas kitchen products that I use in the Cookery during the Cooper Wellness Program. We receive these items complimentary.


The Collapsible 8’ Pop Strainer expands to the capacity of a full quart, and then collapses down to 1 inch taking up to 80% less space. It is cool because the handle is long enough to span ½ of the kitchen sink and will not be in contact with the bottom of the sink where contaminates may be.


4 Pack Heavy Duty Grippmat® Set – I like these because it helps prevent cross contamination when preparing foods. Red is for beef, green is for veggies, blue is for cheese and yellow is for poultry. They are non slip, dishwasher and counter safe. The grippmat is very flexible so you can lift it off the counter and add the food you have diced to your soup pot or salsa recipe.



4-in-1 Trivet with Raised Nibs
– Multi-purpose trivet can be used as a pot holder, jar opener and spoon rest. I like that is comes in 3 colors. I have several that I keep on the counter.
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Spoonula – Stir, scrape, mix or use it as a spoon. It does it all. A silicon tool with a stainless steel handle. It is perfect tool for your kitchen.

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Silicon Basting Brush– Flexible, silicon rubber bristles, this brush is a must have when basting, brushing and coating. Super easy to clean and heat resistant. This brush is really useful when I am cooking in my cast iron wok.

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Watermelon Cutting and Serving Board
– Prepare and serve watermelon on this artistic, non slip cutting board with a raised lip to prevent juices from spilling over. I use this to display all types of fresh fruit, cheese and crackers.

H-E-B Kicks Off “Slim Down Showdown” at Cooper Wellness

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment


You may have seen the article in The Dallas Morning News regarding our partnership with H-E-B Grocery, regarding the “Slim Down Showdown,” a program focused on helping their employees adopt healthy habits and start a healthy lifestyle. We were very excited to kick-off the program here at Cooper for a customized week of Wellness.


The kick-off sets the tone for the entire program. Their week at Cooper included a baseline health assessment, nutritional lectures, cooking classes and field trips to learn how to grocery shop and eat out wisely. It’s essentially everything participants need to take control of their life. To view their complete schedule click here.

At Cooper we provide the foundation – the scientifically valid, proven methods for improving health. As we like to say, we help people Get Cooperized so they can make good health a habit to live better. For the Slim Down Showdown, H-E-B provided another critical component: technology. The 12 H-E-B participants in the program are using blogs and vlogs to share their journey with more than 76,000 H-E-B employees. They are wellness champions serving as the catalyst for changing their company’s culture to one where health is a key priority.

Ultimately, this is about saving lives. These people are not only going to change their own lives, they are influencing their friends, family and the entire company.

The Wellness program that we used with H-E-B can be adopted for any corporation, and is also open to the public one week out of every month. If you’re interested in improving your health we can help you get there.

Learn more about the Cooper Wellness program by visiting our website or calling 972.386.2221.

Risks of Sitting

Do you spend long hours at your desk each day? Beware, all those hours may have a negative effect on your health. David Atkinson, Vice President of Corporate Wellness for Cooper Corporate Solutions advises that too much time in your chair can hinder your health.

“Our desk jobs can be a major threat to our health,” said David. “To stay healthy, we’ve got to make it our job to think about activity throughout the day.”

In today’s work environment companies are doing more with less meaning more time behind the desk for many Americans.

David provided these tips for staying active, even at work:

  1. Make it a balancing act. Invest in a stability ball. Switch between the ball and your desk chair. This will help strengthen your core, but also improves concentration and posture.
  2. On the hour, every hour. Set an alarm to move each hour. Even a simple stretch like reaching upward or touching your toes helps stimulate blood flow. A quick movement each hour can activate muscles that have been in rest mode.
  3. Forget things in your car. That’s right. A trip out to the car for a necessary item can be just the exercise you need to break from the desk routine.
  4. Breath. Move away from your computer to take a deep breath; it helps clear your head, relieves stress and also gets oxygen through your bloodstream more quickly.
  5. Get techie. Invest in an accelerometer or pedometer to track your calorie output. These devices can help you stay motivated to move more during the work day.
  6. Go farther. Park in the last possible parking spot and use those extra steps. Use the bathroom on another floor. Walk to lunch. These easy changes can result in the extra movement you need each day.
  7. Schedule a walking meeting. Look for meetings that can be done outside a conference room. Instead of pulling up chairs, take a few laps around the office.

“It isn’t hard to make movement a part of the work day, it is just hard remembering to move,” shared David. “The more of a habit it becomes, the better off you’ll be in the long run.”

To learn more about how Cooper Corporate Solutions can improve your worksite wellness programming, please visit our website.