The ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get the most out of our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.

Mindful Food Choices @ Cooper

    • Cafeteria – Look for calorie count/healthier options and signage for “Mindful Menu”
      • Internal cafeteria menu
      • “Better Choice” vending machines now have healthier options across Cooper facilities 

Physical Activity and Exercise

    • Check out the Cooper Climbers Club!
      • A stair climbing initiative that can be done at work or at home.
    • CMSRU Medical Students: The CMSRU Wellness Center is located on the fourth floor of the MEB, as well as a convenient location for students to exercise and expend energy. The 1,508 square foot wellness center includes one large exercise room with hand weights and fitness equipment.

Local Walking Maps/Trails 

Other Resources to Support Physical Wellness:

Physical Wellness: A Must for Sustained Energy (from American Nurse)

    • Sitting for 3 or more hours a day increases cardiovascular risk by 30%; sitting for 5 or more hours a day is comparable to smoking 1.25 packs of cigarettes a day
    • Relatively small weight loss in obese people may lower diabetes and heart disease risk and improve metabolic function
    • Adults need at least 7 hours of sleep each night
    • Set SMART goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound

What to Eat (and Not Eat) When You’re Stressed
Stress and eating can go hand in hand. Food can be used to cope with stress and some food can also cause stress on the body. However, other foods can be healing and decrease the body’s stress response. [Article]

A Special Technique for our Health and Wellness | Howard Chen, MD | TedxReno
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. lthough multiple markers of health and wellness have been directly linked to higher amounts of physical activity, and multiple chronic disease and illness states have been directly linked to low amounts of physical activity, the global population still has difficulty increasing it’s level of physical activity, especially in light of increasing industrialization and technology. Howard Chen will speak about the use of physical play as an avenue to improving levels of physical activity, and thus, health. [Tedx Talk]