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Planting Seeds For Change

Springtime gives way to warmer, longer days and observing growth, color, and a fresh season all around us. We see more people outdoors and may feel inspired to consider changing our own routines. Approaching changes, however, can feel both exciting and overwhelming. We often underestimate the time and effort some changes take and can become easily discouraged when they don’t happen quickly or turn out the way we hope they will.

Patient Care    Wellness Warrior

Innovations in Health: The Future of Weight Loss Strategies

Danielle Ostendorf, MS, PhD, CEP, serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus within the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes. Specializing in promoting long-term physical activity adherence in adults with overweight or obesity, she has led numerous studies at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, with several published in medical journals. Her research continues to yield findings that advance our understanding and treatment of chronic diseases and weight management.

We recently interviewed Ms. Ostendorf about her journey into this field and her current research endeavors, shedding light on her innovative approach to weight loss and chronic disease prevention.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date April 30, 2024
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Community

Building Community Through Lighthearted Engagement

On April Fools' Day last month, the CU Anschutz Office of Advancement and the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center orchestrated a playful prank that delighted readers of the Monthly Friends Report. A humorous image featuring two individuals in wetsuits joyfully interacting with a dolphin in the CU Anschutz Health & Wellness Center's pool invited readers to swim with a dolphin at the center. This whimsical scene, although digitally crafted by the talented Andrew Vessely from the Office of Advancement, sparked laughter and intrigue among readers.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date April 30, 2024
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Education    Cooking and Nutrition    Healthcare

AHWC's NEW Nutrition and Culinary Medicine Selective: Empowering Tomorrow's Physicians

CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center's Community Nutrition Programs is proud to announce its collaboration with the School of Medicine to introduce a Nutrition and Culinary Medicine Selective for 3rd and 4th-year medical students. This innovative program aims to enhance nutrition education for future physicians, equipping them with essential skills to promote healthier lifestyles and improve patient outcomes.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date April 29, 2024
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Fitness and Well-Being

Planting Seeds For Change

Springtime gives way to warmer, longer days and observing growth, color, and a fresh season all around us. We see more people outdoors and may feel inspired to consider changing our own routines. Approaching changes, however, can feel both exciting and overwhelming. We often underestimate the time and effort some changes take and can become easily discouraged when they don’t happen quickly or turn out the way we hope they will.


Author Liz Chamberlain | Publish Date April 29, 2024
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Fitness and Well-Being

Strength Training for Endurance

Did you know that strength training could improve your performance in endurance activities like hiking, biking, and running, in addition to improving injury prevention? Recreational athletes are sometimes hesitant to include consistent strength training in their workouts for fear of getting “bulky” or being too sore from lifting weights to perform well the next day. 


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date April 29, 2024
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Cooking and Nutrition

Shakshuka with Kale and Chickpeas

Serves: 4

This month's featured recipe, Shakshuka, meaning "all mixed up" in Arabic, combines the richness of eggs poached in a flavorful tomato sauce, boasting a protein-packed and nutrient-rich dish with each egg providing 6-7g of protein and tomatoes offering the highest natural source of lycopene, an essential antioxidant supplying around 80% of lycopene in the US diet.


Author Community Nutrition | Publish Date April 29, 2024
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Cooking and Nutrition

The Great Milk Debate of 2024: Which Milk Is Healthier?

Milk. A wave of plant-based options has transformed a simple, cow-derived nutritional drink into a worldwide debate. Just going to a coffee shop or the grocery store can set off anxiety about the myriad milk options. Social media is rife with influencers promoting one kind of milk over another, leading to “udder” confusion.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date April 15, 2024
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Research    Community    Health Science Radio podcast

National Crisis of Physician Burnout: What Can Be Done?

While some pandemic-related stressors have receded, burnout among physicians and other healthcare professional remains at elevated levels. Studies show relatively high percentages of physicians are cutting back hours or are thinking about leaving the profession, meaning potential reductions in healthcare access, quality of care and patient safety.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 28, 2024
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Wellness Warrior    Cooking and Nutrition

Courtney Kiang, RD, on the Power of Mindful Eating

As a registered dietitian for the Community Nutrition Programs at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Courtney Kiang, RD understands the importance of fostering a healthy relationship with food. One concept she emphasizes is mindful eating. Mindful eating is not a diet; it's a way of approaching food that focuses on being present and fully engaged in the eating experience. By practicing mindful eating, individuals can cultivate a greater awareness of their food choices, hunger cues, and eating habits, ultimately leading to improved overall health and well-being.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date March 26, 2024
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Cooking and Nutrition

Roasted Tofu and Easy Peanut Sauce

Serves: 4

Enhance your diet with plant-based proteins using this Roasted Tofu and Easy Peanut Sauce recipe. Serve with rice and veggies for a satisfying meal!


Author Community Nutrition | Publish Date March 26, 2024
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Fitness and Well-Being

Bridging Health and Wellness: The Collaborative Efforts of CU AHWC with CeDAR Program

In the realm of health and wellness, partnerships often forge pathways to transformative care. One such collaboration, between the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) and the Center for Dependency and Addiction Rehabilitation (CeDAR), stands as a beacon of holistic support for individuals navigating addiction recovery. Through a structured program, the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center extends its expertise to CeDAR, offering supervised fitness training tailored to the unique needs of those undergoing inpatient treatment.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date March 26, 2024
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Fitness and Well-Being

Welcoming Stress

Why Welcome Stress? 

We all have our ways (healthy or otherwise) to “de-stress” - to soothe and untangle ourselves from the daily pressures of our lives.  

What would happen if, instead of trying to get rid of our stress, we laid out a welcome mat when it comes to visit?  This idea may sound overwhelming and uncomfortable, but with a few tools, we can learn to approach rather than avoid our stress.


Author Liz Chamberlain | Publish Date March 26, 2024
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Fitness and Well-Being

Music: Your Workout's Stress-Relieving Sidekick

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, pressures can easily build up, weighing us down. Whether it's the rush of deadlines, the juggling of personal responsibilities, or the constant demands of daily living, these challenges can take a toll on both our physical and mental well-being. One outlet that many use to help deal with these challenges is exercise. From yoga to strength training, millions of people engage in physical activity daily, with benefits ranging from improved health to a heightened sense of well-being. Yet, in the pursuit of a more effective workout and a means to cope with these pressures, one powerful ally stands on top: music.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date March 26, 2024
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Fitness and Well-Being

The Success Story of WellDOM Carts

In the realm of healthcare, the importance of employee well-being cannot be overstated. Recognizing this, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Medicine embarked on a mission to boost morale and support frontline clinicians during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the array of programs initiated, one standout success has been the introduction of WellDOM Carts.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date March 26, 2024
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Fitness and Well-Being

Personal Training with Kinotek: Where Precision Meets Performance

In the ever-evolving landscape of fitness and wellness, advancements in technology continue to shape how we approach personal training. One such innovation is Kinotek, a cutting-edge functional movement assessment tool now offered by the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. This sophisticated system empowers personal trainers with objective data to tailor programs that optimize their clients' strength, flexibility, and overall performance. 


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date February 26, 2024
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Research    Patient Care

Pioneering a New Era in Healthcare:

Inaugurated in 2020, the Colorado Obesity Medicine Training Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus stands as a testament to groundbreaking innovation in medical education. This visionary program, initiated by Dr. Dan Bessesen, marks a pivotal moment in the start of obesity medicine as a distinctive specialty.


Author Juliana Hontou | Publish Date February 23, 2024
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Cooking and Nutrition

Salmon en Papillote

Serves: 2

Salmon en Papillote is a delectable blend of flavors designed to boost heart health. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, and olive oil this dish is a delicious way to lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides, and combat inflammation, reducing the risk of heart disease. Following the American Heart Association's recommendation, indulge in at least 2 servings of 3 ½ oz. of fish per week.


Author Community Nutrition | Publish Date February 23, 2024
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Cooking and Nutrition

Get the Nutrition Facts

When it comes to nutrition, myths often swirl around topics like fat and cholesterol, leading to confusion and misinformation. Fortunately, the registered dietitians at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center are here to unravel some common myths. By shedding light on these topics, they aim to provide clarity and empower individuals to make informed choices for their nutritional health and well-being.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date February 23, 2024
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Patient Care    Fitness and Well-Being    Wellness Warrior

Transforming Cancer Rehabilitation:

In the realm of cancer rehabilitation, the journey from diagnosis to recovery is anything but linear. Often, patients go through a number of struggles, experiencing several unprecedented changes to both their physical and mental health. Playing a pivotal role in reshaping this journey is Nicole Gleason, the Program Manager of BfitBwell, a non-profit 3-month-long personalized exercise program for patients diagnosed with cancer. Starting the program from the ground up, Nicole has led the transformation of BfitBwell from just an idea a decade ago, to now a vital resource for cancer survivors here in Colorado.  


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date February 23, 2024
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Community    Fitness and Well-Being

As Pickleball Fervor Grows, Here Is How to Have Fun and Avoid Injury

When Caro Henauw takes up a new hobby, she doesn’t dink around. She launches in with overhead-smash-style gusto.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 07, 2024
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Patient Care    Wellness Warrior

Breaking Barriers in Obesity Medicine:

Dr. John Michael Taormina is a distinguished obesity medicine provider practicing at the CU Medicine Weight Management and Wellness Clinic located at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, where he contributes to the advancement of knowledge and care in the areas of obesity and wellness. His commitment to advancing healthcare is evident through his numerous accolades, including being recognized as an Outstanding M.D. Instructor/Fellow at the Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center in 2023.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date January 25, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Cooking and Nutrition

BfedBwell Study:

Cancer survivors often face unique challenges in maintaining a healthy lifestyle post-treatment, especially when grappling with overweight or obesity. Recognizing this need, researchers from the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) are launching a new research study called BfedBwell, which is supported by the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Emily Hill, PhD, RDN, who is Principal Investigator for the study states, “The study aims to work collaboratively with a co-design team comprised of program delivery staff, cancer experts, and people who have had cancer to develop and test a survivorship nutrition program.”


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date January 24, 2024
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Fitness and Well-Being

From Grief to Glory:

Stephanie Manley's life took a dramatic turn after the death of her mother in 2021, leading to weight gain and a life-changing diagnosis. Motivated by change, she embarked on a transformative journey, enrolling in the My New Weigh™ program at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Stephanie's story was featured in CU Anschutz Today.  Now, in her own words, Stephanie tells her inspiring story of strength, hope, and the pursuit of a healthier, happier life. 


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date January 24, 2024
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Cooking and Nutrition

Red Lentil Curry

Serves: 4

The tradition of consuming lucky foods for New Year's is a cultural practice observed in many parts of the world, with each region attributing specific symbolic meanings to certain dishes. These culinary customs often aim to usher in prosperity, good fortune, and positive vibes for the upcoming year. In various cultures, foods like lentils are believed to resemble coins and are eaten to attract wealth, while round fruits, such as oranges or grapes, symbolize fullness and prosperity. Fish, due to its abundance and swift movement, is considered a symbol of progress and success. Noodles, associated with longevity, are popular in some cultures. 


Author Community Nutrition | Publish Date January 24, 2024
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Patient Care    Mental Health   

What to Do If Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution Becomes an Addiction

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions involves starting or getting back into an exercise program. The usual marketing and social media focus on “getting fit in the new year” can also have unintended negative impacts on those who already struggle with an often-ignored mental health issue called compulsive exercise (sometimes referred to as exercise addiction).


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date January 12, 2024
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Wellness Warrior    Cooking and Nutrition

Empowering Students in the Kitchen:

At the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, one student has found a unique way to blend fun and nutritional education into one. Meet Carly Setterberg, a University of Colorado School of Medicine 2024 M.D. candidate whose health sciences journey took a flavorful turn through the CU Eat Well Cooking Classes at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date December 14, 2023
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Fitness and Well-Being

BfitBwell:

Situated within the walls of the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, lies BfitBwell, a cancer exercise program with one overall goal—to help promote the quality of life for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Earlier this month, in an effort to expand its mission, BfitBwell partnered up with the Latino Cancer Task Force and the Colorado Cancer Coalition to host the Cancer Support Group Meeting. The collaborative event worked to form a community of those impacted by cancer and provided them with a platform to share experiences and learn more about the program.


Author Juliana Hontou | Publish Date December 14, 2023
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Research

Researchers present weight loss research during ObesityWeek®

In late October, CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center researchers traveled to Dallas, TX for The Obesity Society (TOS) conference during ObesityWeek.® In this annual event, leading experts converge to delve into cutting-edge science, clinical interventions, and policy approaches in the ongoing battle against the obesity epidemic. CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center researchers Danielle Ostendorf, PhD, Mark Ezpeleta, PhD, Matt Breit, MS, RDN, and Emily Hill, PhD, RDN presented groundbreaking studies, shedding light on innovative dietary strategies for weight management, energy balance research methodology, and underlying mechanisms driving weight regain after weight loss. The following is a summary of the research they presented.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date December 14, 2023
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Cooking and Nutrition

Greek Walnut Cake

 Serves: 24 

Immerse yourself in the rich flavors of this delightful holiday dessert that combines the warmth of cinnamon, the nuttiness of walnuts, and the zest of an orange. Happy holidays and happy baking.


Author Community Nutrition | Publish Date December 14, 2023
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Fitness and Well-Being    Wellness Warrior

Chad Singleton Attempts his 6th Guinness World Record

In the world of fitness, dedication and passion can lead individuals to accomplish remarkable goals. At the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC), one such individual stands out as an embodiment of perseverance and achievement. Chad Singleton, a seasoned expert and a five-time Guinness World Record holder, has recently returned to AHWC as a personal trainer. But he's not just your average trainer. He's a record-breaker.


Author Juliana Hontou | Publish Date November 08, 2023
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Fitness and Well-Being

Introducing Acupuncture Services for Campus Community

Beginning in December, the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center will offer acupuncture, aimed at enhancing holistic health and well-being for our campus community and beyond.


Author Wellness Connections | Publish Date November 08, 2023
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Cooking and Nutrition

Pumpkin Pasta

 Serves: 8

Pump up your fiber with Pumpkin Pasta
Most Americans, about 95%, do not consume enough fiber. Studies show we eat less than half the daily recommended amount. This month’s recipe is a delicious and nutritious way to get more fiber into your day with whole grains, broccoli, and pumpkin – all great sources of fiber.


Author Community Nutrition | Publish Date November 08, 2023
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Health & Wellness In the News

The Statesman

Study finds how exercise more important than diet to maintain weight loss

news outletThe Statesman
Publish DateMarch 21, 2024

Research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Centre suggests that exercise may be more important than diet in maintaining weight loss. The study, published in Obesity, found that successful weight-loss maintainers engage in high levels of physical activity to prevent weight regain, rather than severely restricting their calorie intake. This emphasizes the crucial role of exercise in weight-loss maintenance.

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5280

The Oversimplified Guide to Shoveling a Sidewalk

news outlet5280
Publish DateMarch 07, 2024

Chad Singleton, a personal trainer at CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, offers tips on avoiding injury while shoveling snow, turning a tedious task into a safer, more enjoyable experience.

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CU Medicine

Get Cooking with Cooking Classes and Recipes Led by Experts

news outletCU Medicine
Publish DateMarch 06, 2024

Discover affordable and nutritious global cuisine recipes from the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Learn about cooking classes and recipes offered by CU Medicine and the center's community nutrition program manager, Anita Bancroft, RD, CC.

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CU Medicine

Weight Management Programs at CU Medicine

news outletCU Medicine
Publish DateMarch 06, 2024

The CU Medicine Weight Management and Wellness clinic at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center provides personalized weight loss and wellness programs. Discover offerings like the 16-week My New Weigh Program and the behavior-focused Weight Loss 4 Life Program for long-term weight maintenance.

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