Posts Tagged ‘health and wellness’

Keep Calm & Care For You

While stress in day-to-day life looks different for everyone, it can manifest itself in similar ways, taking emotional, mental and physical tolls on our bodies. Cooper Spa General Manager Lisa Boyle delves into her favorite indulgent spa services and products to help relieve and manage stress on all levels. spa massage

Specifically for helping with stress management and relaxation, Boyle recommends an 80-minute Swedish massage with the primary focus to relax the entire body by using long, gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. The Swedish massage technique decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as the hormone which triggers cortisol level spikes, arginine vasopressin.

A multitude of spa services address emotional, mental and physical ways that stress takes its toll on the body. While some treatments are more effective for stress reduction, the overall feeling of being cared for, nurtured and pampered is the key to relaxation, promoting feelings of whole body wellness. “Receiving any type of spa service helps create both mental and physical health benefits,” says Boyle. “Physical contact is necessary to our well-being, one component that all spa treatments offer.” Studies have shown that spa services such as massages, facials and skincare treatments increase sleep quality and help boost the immune system. Additional health benefits these services provide include stimulating the lymphatic system to rid the body of toxins, helping the body to release serotonin, relieving chronic pain, promoting cell regeneration and improving circulation and posture.

Cooper Spa offers a variety of retail products which incorporate aromatherapy and muscle tension relief to help manage stress in the comfort and convenience of home. On days when you can’t seem to fit a trip to the spa into your busy schedule, Boyle recommends the Sonoma Lavender Neck Pillows and Heat Wraps. “These products help to soothe achy muscles with calming scents of lavender and other essential oils. Heating them in the microwave and placing them wherever you are most tense helps relax and revive the muscles.” Another personal favorite product of Boyle’s is the RAD Roller massage tools line, designed to release muscular pain, flush out toxins, relieve trigger points and help mobilize joints.

No matter what kind of stress you find yourself dealing with, self-care is the first step in the right direction to help you manage stress and feel your best.

For more information or to book a service at Cooper Spa, visit or call 972.392.7729.

Congratulations to Our Members!

November 25, 2013 Leave a comment

At the end of each year we honor our Cooper Fitness Center Dallas members who strive to live according to the mission of personal wellness. We are thrilled to announce this year’s winners. All of our winners were nominated by fellow Cooper Fitness Center members as well as Cooper teammates. These individuals not only lead a lifestyle of personal wellness incorporating fitness and proper nutrition into their daily habits, but they serve as a role model to others and are active in their community. All winners will be honored with Dr. Cooper later this month—congratulations!

Mr. & Mrs. Aerobics: Keith and Cindy Howe
Keith and Cindy joined Cooper Fitness Center shortly after Cindy participated in the Cooper Wellness lifestyle program in June 2008. She began training with Director of Fitness and Professional Fitness Trainer Mary Edwards and Keith started training with Professional Fitness Trainer Laura Alton one or two sessions a week. Cindy and Keith truly live a Cooperized lifestyle! Aside from their inspiring exercise regime, they both receive an annual preventive exam at Cooper Clinic and visit Cooper Spa to relax and manage their stress. Cindy volunteers at a local assisted living community and has even hosted one of their monthly birthday celebrations! At work, Keith was instrumental, as former CFO, to bringing his company to a healthy state. While staying busy with work and travel, they also consciously manage their nutritioncooking at home, ordering smart when eating out or grabbing lunch at Cedars Woodfire Grill at Cooper Aerobics after a workout. “They let all of this bleed over into their lifestyle outside of Cooper as they encourage activity and good nutrition when spending time with friends and family,” Mary said.

Female of the Year: Laura Pritchard
As a competitive marathoner, Laura “ran” into many injuries along her health journey. After breaking her hip, tearing a calf muscle and conquering piriformis syndrome, Laura sought out professional training from Professional Fitness Trainer Josh Cuellas. As she continued to grow her strength and was able to run again, her goals changed. She decided she wanted to be a triathlete. “I knew by now she was all in and there was nothing that was going to stop her,” Josh said. Laura trained harder than ever, running, biking and overcoming her fear of the water. She sure did—during her triathlon she swam 2.25 miles in Lake Jocassee, S.C. in 1 hour and 45 minutes! In September, Laura finished the Augusta Half Ironman in 6 hours and 37 minutes. Josh said, “Laura amazes me with her will power to work through pain and not let anything come between her and her goals.”

Male of the Year: Chris Kouba
About six years ago, Chris decided to Cooperize his life and he has never looked back! His wife, Hillary, said, “In all aspects of Chris’ life he is constantly trying to find ways to point people in this (Cooper) direction.” As the campus pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church’s Dallas Campus, Chris is a role model in many ways. He has recruited many workout buddies to join Cooper Fitness Center and has formed great relationships with other members.

Most Improved of the Year: Scott Franklin
In 2012, Scott and a fellow member, Ray Garfield, began a contest together to help jump start their weight loss journey. Over the course of their competition, they gained attention from members who frequently asked about their progress. Today, Scott is happy to tell them he’s lost more than 35 pounds. When people ask about his weight loss he attributes a large part to a comment Dr. Cooper made to him, “You can’t outwork a bad diet.” Scott ushers at church, serves on a board for Deserving Students Scholarships and mentors at The University of Texas at Dallas. Diana Cooper, Cooper Fitness Center teammate, said one of the first things he tells students is ‘being a business executive is stressful. That is why working out is importantto help balance and relieve the stress.

Youth of the Year: Mona Mohamed
In September, 12-year-old Mona moved with her family to Dallas temporarily from Canada and has truly embraced the opportunity to learn and practice a lifestyle of health and wellness at Cooper Fitness Center. Quinn Ray, Programs Director at Cooper Fitness Center, said, “the amount of exercise she has committed to at this young age shows her level of maturity and dedication.” With private swimming and tennis lessons, Mona still finds time to participate in the IGNITE! program. Mona is a great example for her brother as well as all of the youth at Cooper!

Classic of the Year: Betty Swenson

Well into her eighth decade, Betty consistently utilizes the fitness workout pyramid of strength training, cardiovascular training and flexibility. “In addition to Betty’s fitness commitment she also volunteers at a local hospital on a regular basis,” Jill Samaniego, Group Exercise Instructor at Cooper Fitness Center said. “She inspires all around her with her positive attitude and beautiful spirit.” Betty takes Body Blast, Body Sculpt, Classic Pilates, Classic Body Sculpt classes and probably others! She is friendly and encourages new members to join her and try various classes. “Betty inspires me to keep on keeping on,” Jill said.

To learn more about a membership at Cooper Fitness Center Dallas click here or call 972-233-4832.

Congratulations to our Wellness Warriors!

January 16, 2013 Leave a comment

CF logo_color_RGBWe are fortunate to have organization leaders who understand the importance of employee wellness and providing teammates with the tools and resources to meet their health goals. Our internal wellness program, called Cooper Fit, aims to Cooperize teammates through three key steps:

  1. Know your numbers.
  2. Be willing to act on the need for health improvement.
  3. Learn how to make the needed changes.

Each year Cooper Fit names a “Wellness Warrior” to honor teammates who have made a significant impact in their life, or the lives of others, in the field of health and wellness. After reading through multiple nominations and inspiring stories, three teammates were named our 2012 Cooper Fit Wellness Warriors.

Read more about each of their stories on how they began and are continuing a journey to good health.

Cathy Sides, Director of Customer Relations, Cooper Complete and Cooper Wellness

Cathy’s journey began as she looked in her closet and realized she couldn’t fit into many of her clothes. Due to a knee surgery, her fitness plan was put on hold. As time passed, she decided that her knee was no longer an excuse.  She had already developed a love for swimming, but knew she needed to do more to fit into those clothes!

She credits Cooper Fit to helping her on her journey. Cathy stayed motivated through monthly health challenges and by trying out group exercise classes with other teammates. One of her proudest feats was completing a half marathon with her sister, and having a blast doing it!

Cathy’s advice: “Even if you can only walk for 15 minutes during lunch, it’s better than nothing! If possible, try to meet with a dietitian – our bodies are such machines and need the right fuel. Also, find a partner to go on this journey with you! Together, you can set goals and look forward to a long, fit life.”

Juli Doyal, Certification Program Manager, The Cooper Institute

Since March 2012, Juli has lost 35 pounds and five inches off her waist. Her lifestyle now consists of exercise and healthy eating, and she feels terrific! As she worked toward her health goals, Cooper Fit was a great resource, especially for information regarding the balance of healthy eating and physical activity. Over the past year she has learned that making small behavior modifications and tracking calories can contribute to weight loss success.

Not only do the small changes help, but she draws inspiration from her fellow Cooper teammates. Each day Juli aims to take extra steps during her work day, along with adding more water, fruits, veggies and nuts to her diet. She has also cut back on Dr. Pepper, sour cream and Corner Bakery – these are now considered treats that she enjoys in moderation.

Juli’s advice: “Don’t be afraid to spread the word and inspire change. Share information with your family and friends, so they can enjoy the benefits from eating right and exercising!”

Lorraine Rose, Administrative Representative, Cooper Clinic

Lorraine is like many people – she wanted to be healthy and fit, but always  found a reason to not start or stick with a health plan. She had a wake up call at her last physical exam at Cooper Clinic. According to her doctor, she needed to make some major adjustments to her lifestyle.

In March 2012, Lorraine and her husband started Weight Watchers. The Cooper Clinic Nutrition Department had been telling her for years, “Log what you eat!” She was encouraged by both Cooper Fit and Weight Watchers to eat more fruits and veggies, limit sweets and watch portions. She and her husband worked as a team to fix more meals at home, shop smart and hold one another accountable for both successes and mistakes.

It is not always easy for her to make nutritious choices, but when she sees the slow, steady changes in her weight and energy level, she knows her hard work is paying off in this “unbelievably eye-opening journey.”

Lorraine’s advice: “Having a doctor who cares and co-workers who encourage you is awesome.  The best comment I heard during this whole process is, ‘It never tastes as good as skinny and healthy feels.'”

Congratulations to these three teammates on their great accomplishments!