Regarding Nutrition…the first of many posts on this subject

Greetings healthy body image lovers!  Here’s my Woody Allen quote of the day: “I think universal harmony is a pipedream and it may be more productive to focus on more modest goals, like a ban on yodelling.” Ba da bump. Can’t wait to see his new film, “Blue Jasmine”… but I digress…

For my next several blog posts, I’d like to discuss the subject of nutrition. This is a huge subject, so I’d like to focus on the following: what it really means to properly nourished, the toxins in our food supply and how to avoid them (as much as possible!), and the relationship between nutrition and emotional health.  The relationship between nutrition and physical health is obvious, but new findings also suggest a relationship with emotional health as well.

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For today, I would like to introduce a wonderful place I visited last week called the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) on the CU campus in Aurora, CO, which is near Denver.  The Executive Director, Dr. James O. Hill, was very gracious and gave me a tour of their impressive facility. They moved into a new building this year and it was designed with health and wellness in mind – natural light, gorgeous mountain views, healthy and delicious food offerings designed by Chef Paolo Neville at Bistro Elaia, and a tech-savvy gym. The facility itself is impressive and the work they conduct is amazing as well. Over 100 leading researchers are studying obesity, nutrition and chronic diseases. They translate the best science into healthy lifestyle programs for individuals, families and communities. In particular, they have cooking classes, a Wellness Clinic which offers nutrition and lifestyle testing (a “wellness report”), weight management programs which focus on diet and physical activity, behavior change programs such as biofeedback and mindfulness meditation, and CAM therapies including acupuncture and massage.  Dr. Hill is also a vociferous advocate for employer-supported wellness and fitness programs, arguing that a healthy workforce is a highly productive workforce, so everybody wins.

All of the above is VERY COOL, but how can we all take advantage? If you live in the Denver area, you can visit AHWC in person and participate in their wellness or weight-loss programs. If not, you can sign up for the newsletter on their homepage (http://www.anschutzwellness.com/) or follow them on Facebook and Twitter to get updates and helpful information.  We can also all hope that Dr. Hill is successful in convincing more employers to make the health and wellness of their workforce a top priority.

Thank you again for your interest and I welcome your comments!

Om Shanti Om,

Sandra

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