Posts Tagged ‘corporate wellness’

Leading Healthy Change by Example

What are ways you can set a healthy example at work?

Over the years, Cooper Consulting Partners has discovered that a healthy company is driven from the top down and leading by example yields results. Passionate and engaged leadership is the force behind most successful corporate wellness programs.

To help executives activate change within themselves and their organizations, Cooper Consulting Partners created Fit:Business. The healthy leadership workshop is based on research from The Cooper Institute that has revolutionized health and wellness, and inspired millions of people to live healthier lives.

Offered as a one-day interactive workshop, Fit:Business is our flagship training program that achieves the ultimate output by helping the participants connect their personal health to their productivity, while at the same time driving healthier behaviors of those around them.

The full-day Fit:Business workshop includes:

  • Sessions on leading healthy change, stress management, exercise, nutrition and more.
  • An interactive participant guide to use during the program and as a reference following the program.
  • Light activity breaks to keep participants engaged and to demonstrate the ease and efficiency of an active lifestyle.
  • A healthy breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.
  • One-year license to Fit:Mobile – the workshop’s companion content app that drives ongoing engagement.

The next Fit:Business session will be held in Dallas on April 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register today or click here to find out more about upcoming sessions in your area, contact Cooper Consulting Partners.

Life in Transition

December 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Jasmin, who was an intern for Cooper Consulting Partners, contributed Living a Life of Alignment to our blog earlier this fall. As she wrapped up her internship and makes a transition to her next steps in her career, she shared her thoughts on change.

Change can be such an intricate process. It comes in many forms and with multiple layers.

Change can be challenging. In many presentations I’ve heard at Cooper Aerobics, we hear the experts discuss behavioral change. There are different phases in readiness to change, as well as different stages* to navigate on your own personal journey to maintaining that change.

  • Precontemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance

Change can be beautiful. I’ll especially miss driving through or past the Cooper Aerobics campus and seeing the brown, orange and red leaves recently fallen from those majestic trees. Autumn has historically been my favorite season just for this simple course of nature. I find that when I’m facing a challenging change, if I take a step back and recognize the ‘little wonders,’ something as simple as nature around me, it helps me to proceed more calmly. It reminds me of the internal wellness program at Cooper Aerobics—Cooper Fit and the presentations about stress management and guided meditation. During this, Erika Bazan from Cooper Spa reminded us of how essential it was to take moments for deep breaths. Check out this video with Erika. If you seek, I think you can find beauty in every transition.

Change can be exciting. When we’re moving from one space to another—physically, mentally, or emotionally, I think the scary, challenging part is leaving the familiar. Yet, this does not negate the excitement of stepping into the unknown. I believe little surprises are often around the corners of life’s journey if we dare to turn. New experiences open our minds to be creative, drawing upon past lessons and eagerly looking towards the future.

For whatever 2014 may bring, we wish you a Happy, healthy New Year!

*Transtheoretical model of behavior change

Employee Health: A Competitive Business Advantage

November 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Improving the overall health of your company might sound like a daunting task. For large companies where employees are spread out across the nation, the task of instilling a unifying culture of health is even greater. But if even a single employee achieves a higher level of well-being as a direct result of a workplace wellness program, it’s a worthy investment in the future health of that employee and the company, since employees are your greatest assets.

At Cooper Consulting Partners our team is focused on results— your results. You may be curious as to how we can go about getting your company results. As the business-to-business entity of Cooper Aerobics we use a consulting model to get you those results. Here’s how our model works:

  • Diagnosis: We conduct a comprehensive audit of your employee health claims data and your organization’s readiness, to gain an in-depth understanding of your organization’s current state and its impact on your health care costs.
  • Design: We work with your leadership to make sure that the health management plan lines up with your business goals.
  • Implementation: Our team aids in management oversight and support of your overall operation plan with measurement, reporting of outcomes and captured health care cost savings.

If you’re interested in learning more about our approach register for our Leading a Healthy Change Seminar on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7:30-9:30. It’s free and you’ll get practical strategies to influence healthier employees to take on a competitive business advantage.

We know that companies, along with the rest of the health care system, are grappling with the extremely difficult and sometimes baffling situation of ever-increasing health care costs, but smart leaders know that healthy employees are more engaged in their work and deliver better results. A single employee’s success story can cause a ripple effect, positively impacting the lives of many more—and the company’s bottom line.

To receive more information from Cooper Consulting Partners, click 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.

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.