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A Week With Cooper Wellness

“Cooper helped me regain my confidence, showed me that there were many things I could do that I didn’t think possible any longer and helped me regain my life.” Jason, National Instruments

Walking around the Cooper Aerobics campus in Dallas, you never know who you will cross paths with. After seeing a few groups come in to attend the five-day wellness week hosted by Cooper Wellness, I decided to call my teammate (fellow employee) Susan Thompson, who is the Wellness Director at National Instruments through Cooper Consulting Partners to find out more. Susan explained that participants proactively want to make a change and need manager approval to attend a wellness program. Ideal participants are self-motivated and actively seeking help and support to keep them committed to their health goals.

Susan shared these four activities that participants commit to for the six-month period.

  1. Log food four days (or more) per week for four to six weeks through the MyFitnessPal app before the program starts.
  2. Engage 150 minutes of physical activity (walking or even housework counts) per week.
  3. Personal train once each week with a workout buddy
  4. Attend a support group once a week.

Employees set goals for the six month period and end up with great success stories to share. Jason attended Cooper Wellness beginning on March 31 and has already seen a dramatic difference in his life and is truly Cooperized.

“Before Cooper (or BC as my group coined it), we spent a large amount of time playing video games or watching TV at home,” Jason confessed. “After Cooper (AC) we are hardly ever at home for long stretches of time. We go out, socialize, work out together and live life,” Jason said. “Cooper helped me regain my confidence, showed me that there were many things I could do that I didn’t think possible any longer and helped me regain my life. I’d always heard the phrase ‘a new lease on life.’ Now I understand what that means fully. I’ve been given a second chance. What a difference a year can make.”

Since April, Jason and his wife have completed multiple 5Ks, regularly walk their dogs, are generally active and have even been hiking. Jason’s group collectively was down 200 pounds at their three month weigh-in and will continue to use the behavior change skills they learned at Cooper as they move towards their six month goal.

Last week another group with Cooper Wellness spent a week on campus participating in the five-day wellness week. “Being here this week has shown the impact of education and support in making healthier choices. I am going back to Austin inspired by the enthusiasm the group developed as they tried new foods and exercise classes. Many would not have tried these new behaviors last week,” said Susan. “Watching the Cooper Wellness team unlock the door for a healthy lifestyle for this group and knowing they can take that with them moving forward has been so rewarding. We are genuinely teaching and empowering people to live longer, and live better!”

Register to attend a Cooper Wellness program individually or contact Cooper Consulting Partners for customized services in strategy consulting, leader training and lifestyle education for your company.

March Forth – Happy Birthday to Dr. Kenneth Cooper

March 4, 2013 2 comments
Wishing a happy birthday to Dr. Kenneth Cooper!

Wishing a happy 82nd birthday to Dr. Kenneth Cooper!

Today marks a very special day at Cooper Aerobics. Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper is celebrating his 82nd birthday!

It’s no coincidence that Dr. Cooper’s birthday is on March 4. Over the past 45 years, Dr. Cooper has inspired thousands of people across the world to truly “march forth” in their health journey by igniting the fitness revolution with his best-selling book, Aerobics.

Dr. Cooper sets an example for maintaining a healthy, Cooperized lifestyle. Today you’ll find Dr. Cooper working and seeing patients at Cooper Clinic, exercising most days of the week at Cooper Fitness Center, traveling the world and spending time with his family.

When he’s lecturing around the world, Dr. Cooper often says, “It is fascinating to know one can grow healthier as they grow older, but not necessarily the reverse.”

We’re looking forward to celebrating another great year and joining Dr. Cooper in his exciting endeavor to Cooperize the world.

Head over to our Facebook page to wish Dr. Cooper a happy birthday!

The Road to Getting Cooperized

August 8, 2011 2 comments

Let me start by introducing myself. I am Christine Buzzetta, the Communications Manager at Cooper Aerobics. I’ve been with Cooper Aerobics about three months and am inspired daily by the organization’s mission and dedication to health. Since day one I have been filling my brain with everything there is to know about Cooper, and after more than 40 years there is no shortage of information.

But this week is all about getting Cooperized! Starting today I will be blogging and tweeting my way through Cooper Wellness, our program that teaches participants all of the tools they need to fall into a healthy lifestyle. We’ll learn how to manage stress, improve nutrition, lose weight and adopt a more active lifestyle. I’ve even heard there are daily cooking demonstrations, which I know my soon-to-be hubby will greatly appreciate. Sign me up!

Living a healthy lifestyle was ingrained in me since I was young. My mom always made an effort to cook nutritious meals and I preferred athletics as my after-school activity of choice. But after playing tennis competitively for more than seven years, suffering and recovering from countless injuries, I pretty much threw exercise out the window after high school. Only recently I began making an effort to be healthy, mostly because I’m getting married in November – talk about motivation! Despite my best efforts, I don’t quite feel like I have a good grip on everything.

All that to say the timing for going to Cooper Wellness couldn’t be better. From just looking at our schedule I’m already beyond excited. Here’s a preview of what to expect:

  • Prescription for a Healthy Life
  • Guidelines for Optimal Nutrition
  • Heart Rate Monitor Demonstration
  • Vitamins and Supplements: What You Should Know
  • Resistance Bands: Exercise Your Options
  • Deliciously Healthy, Delightedly Simple – Meals in Minutes
 

I’d love to hear from you as I work my way through Cooper Wellness. Please feel free to comment below or message me on Twitter with your questions or personal thoughts about anything and everything related to getting Cooperized!

 

Stay tuned for more!

 

This was written by Christine Witzsche former Communications Director at Cooper Aerobics. Christine is no longer with Cooper Aerobics and we wish her all the best with her future endeavors.