A new $26 million state-of-the-art health and wellness center will open in 2010 at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, bringing more attention to Colorado and metro Denver’s focus on health and fitness. The groundbreaking, originally scheduled for June 8, 2010, will be postponed until later this summer. The 100,000 square foot wellness center brings together into one facility the Center for Integrative Medicine, the Center for Human Nutrition, and the Center for Women’s Health Research to conduct research and deliver care. A fitness center features the newest exercise technology and equipment, including a warm water therapy pool, running/walking track, exercise areas and nearly a hundred pieces of equipment. The Health and Wellness Center will focus on alternative medicines, holistic techniques, weight management and nutritional education, complete with a demonstration kitchen.
The Colorado Department of Health released a report earlier this year that the rate of obesity in the state between the years of 1995 and 2008 rose faster than the national rate, 89% to 67%. The 2009 Report on Overweight and Obesity in Colorado found that over 36% of adults and 15% of children ages 2 to 14 were overweight. The Center for Human Nutrition suggests that parents find out more about whether their children are overweight by consulting the BMI (body mass index) calculator for children and teens at the Center for Disease Control. Studies show that most parents do not identify their children as overweight, even if they are.
Rachel Lindstrom, Ph.D., at the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Center for Human Nutrition, is recruiting families for a childhood obesity prevention study. Call 303-315-9027 to get involved in the study and for additional information on easy ways to introduce healthy lifestyle changes, especially during the summer months.
The new Health and Wellness Center will be open to anyone who wishes to participate in the programs.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, the TV doctor and health expert on RealAge.com, ran in the Bolder Boulder last week and spoke with The Denver Post on Tuesday, June 7, that he prefers organic fruits and vegetables, but that “a non-organic vegetable is still better than a Twinkie. “The Dr. Oz Show” airs on KMGH-Channel 7 Monday through Friday at 3:00 p.m. He and Dr. Mike Roizen write a weekly column, “The You Docs” that appears Mondays in The Denver Post Fitness section.
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