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State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program Teams Up With the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to Bring Health Solutions to State Workers


Denver, Colo. (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

The first group of 20 State of Colorado (State) employees lost an average of 8.59% of their body weight while participating in the 16 week State of Slim pilot program, offered through the employee wellness program. Overall the group of lost 282.1 pounds, with some of the individuals losing as many as 34 pounds.

The University of Colorado (CU) Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s research-based, results-oriented weight-loss program State of Slim, was offered through the State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program, which encourages State employees to live healthier lives through incentives and innovative programs. The wellness program empowers employees to take action by creating long-term healthy behaviors and routines, and supports Gov. John Hickenlooper’s goal to make Colorado the healthiest state in America.

All interested employees completed a voluntary application and signed a commitment to the State of Slim expectations. CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center experts selected 20 employees for the program based on the center’s criteria and participants’ level of readiness.

The employees met with a State of Slim transformation coach for 16 weeks of curriculum-based, face-to-face group sessions. To promote engagement, employees paid a small fee, and if employees met the expectations and promises for the program they earned their contribution back.

In terms of weight loss, the program teaches employees how to get outside their comfort zone and have the right mindset and motivation to transform themselves. Unlike typical weight loss programs, State of Slim teaches participants not only how to get the weight off, but how to keep it off.

“State of Slim class participants often come to us for weight loss but soon learn they are in for a lifelong transformation,” said program creator Holly Wyatt, MD, medical director of the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and co-author of the book State of Slim. “The information we teach is based on 30 years of scientific research, which showed us that changing your mindset is just as important as diet and fitness when it comes to taking weight off and keeping it off long-term. We are thrilled to partner with the State of Colorado in its organizational wellness journey as it offers the State of Slim program to its employees. It truly demonstrates the State’s commitment to walking the talk and the importance of a healthy workplace.”

Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) employee Greg Mechem lost 20.6 pounds by changing eating behaviors, habits and patterns. “I love the way this whole concept has been introduced,” said Mechem. “The explanations of how we’ve gotten to where we are ring true. The insight as to what needs to be done to change the cycle and that this is not just a temporary change but a permanent one, is profound.”

Another DPA employee, Sabrina D’Agosta, dropped 18.2 pounds she had previously struggled to lose. “As a lifelong vegetarian, I thought I was eating really well, and exercise alone wasn’t helping me accomplish my weight loss goals after I had kids. State of Slim made me re-examine my food choices and fundamentally changed the way I think about not just my diet, but my overall health and well-being. I’m thrilled with how much I lost, how quickly I lost it and how confident I am that I can keep it off. I’m hugely appreciative that the State offered this program and hope that many others will participate.”

Moving forward, the State plans to offer additional State of Slim programs to select departments in a phased approach. One of the State’s health plan partners, UnitedHealthcare, sponsored the cost of the first phase of the program.

“State of Slim is an innovative and exciting way to get State employees to make healthy choices a part of their everyday life,” said Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado. “UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support this program and help Coloradoans live healthier lives.”

“As we continue to advance the employee wellness program, we are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with local partners who offer wellness solutions that not only engage State employees in their health, but help them make positive lifelong changes,” said Nate Sassano, wellness manager for the State. “The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s State of Slim program brings training and education on-site and supports our vision to build a work environment where it is easy to engage in healthy activities.”

State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program:

In 2012, the Governor’s Office released the State of Health Report: Colorado’s Mission to become the Healthiest state in the Country. The plan outlined ways to support Coloradans in their efforts to achieve their optimal health, promote prevention and care management, expand coverage, and improve health system integration and quality. As the second largest employer in Colorado, the State recognized the opportunity to improve the health of more than 31,000 classified State employees and lead the way as a wellness-focused employer. The State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program was launched on July 1, 2013. The goal is to create a worksite environment that inspires, encourages and supports employee health and well-being through programs, policies and culture. The program is offered to all State of Colorado employees. Employees on a State-sponsored benefit plan are eligible to receive up to $ 20 off of their monthly benefits premium if they 1) take an annual health assessment through their carrier and 2) earn 400 coins monthly on CaféWell, an online Health Optimization Platform™ of resources and programs that drives consumer engagement through a novel combination of social, gaming and personalized activities. For more information on the employee wellness program, visit colorado.gov/dhr/wellness.

State of Slim:

The State of Slim program was created by Holly Wyatt, MD, medical director at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and medical director for the ABC-TV hit show “Extreme Weight Loss”. Wyatt’s revolutionary 16-week transformational weight loss program is based on the book State of Slim she co-authored with CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center Executive Director James O. Hill, PhD. The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is now offering a corporate version of the State of Slim program to employers dedicated to improving the well-being of their employees. State of Slim is unlike traditional weight loss programs, transforming lives and empowering employees through behavior-change and sustainable health solutions.

University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is an innovative, state-of-the art research, education and consumer care facility located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The Center’s mission is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through science-based wellness strategies. Research is translated into customized programs and offerings, delivered through the Wellness Clinic and Fitness Center.







Celebrate the New Year with Tips for a Lifelong Weight Loss Transformation from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center


Aurora, Colo. (PRWEB) January 01, 2015

This year, resolve to make those weight loss resolutions stick. Holly Wyatt, MD and her staff at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center have discovered several secrets that contribute to long-term weight loss success. Wyatt is the center’s associate director and co-author of “State of Slim,” the book that shows dieters how they can create their own state of slim no matter where they live.

Wyatt focuses on the mindset as much as diet and exercise in her transformational weight loss programs. Her newest program is Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp. The first boot camps in October sold out and 2015 sessions are scheduled for March, June, and July.

To keep those resolutions long past the holiday and for lasting weight loss success, Wyatt encourages dieters to identify their personal “why” for losing weight, focus on positive aspects of weight loss, create a supportive environment and develop new habits to make healthy decisions. Her tips are just in time for the new year:


Find your “real” why: dig deep, identify your why and write it down. Recognizing your strong internal motivation will help you stick with new healthy behaviors for more than a few weeks.
Be honest, are you really ready to make a change: how high a priority is your resolution? If it’s not an 8 or higher on a scale of 0-10, you’re not likely to stick with the necessary behavioral changes for long-term success.
Out with the old, in with the new: new friends, new places, new routines and new behaviors all help with weight loss transformation success. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people makes it easier.
Road map to success: you know what your New Year’s resolution is, now you have to map out the transformational journey. Exactly what will you do to lose those 15 pounds or train for a 5K? Achievement is in the details.
Go public and get vulnerable: it’s scary but put yourself out there. Tell lots of people about your resolution. Good old-fashioned peer pressure makes you accountable. It’s harder to cheat when everyone’s checking up on you.
Nobody’s perfect: no weight loss transformation journey is perfect. Life gets in the way. Have a plan to navigate the bumps in the road and stay focused despite the slip-ups. The body achieves what the mind believes.
Don’t hold back: make the decision to achieve your resolution and jump in with both feet. Making a halfhearted commitment won’t cut it. Know your why, your what and your how, then go for it 100%.
Score a quick win: nothing makes you more determined or gives you more confidence than quick success. Take your big goal and break it into bite size achievable chunks and feel your willpower skyrocket.
Create an autopilot and cruise to success: resolutions get harder to keep after four to six weeks when the excitement wears off. Having a default autopilot plan in place makes it easy and boosts willpower.




AAA Honors THE BROADMOOR In Colorado Springs with Five Diamond Award for Record 39TH Consecutive Year

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) January 16, 2015

The American Automobile Association (AAA) honors The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs for a 39th consecutive year with the esteemed Five-Diamond Award for Excellence, making it the only hotel to receive the AAA designation every year since its inception. The Broadmoor is included in a select group of the highest rated hotels and restaurants by the travel association for 2015.

The American Automobile Association also recognizes The Broadmoor’s Penrose Room Restaurant, awarding the restaurant with the AAA Five-Diamond for the eighth consecutive year.

“We are both humbled and proud to receive the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award for a record 39 consecutive years,” says The Broadmoor’s Vice President and Managing Director Jack Damioli. “The award is a true testament to the continuing passion of our team and the elite service we provide our guests.”

The Broadmoor’s Food and Beverage Director, C.W. Craig Reed adds, “We are honored to be recognized by AAA with the Five-Diamond award. The culinary team at the Penrose Room consistently strives to create an unparalleled dining experience for its guests.”

AAA’s process for determining the Five-Diamond Award for Excellence involves anonymous service evaluations by professionally trained inspectors, assessment against comprehensive guidelines, and a final decision by a panel of industry experts. AAA assigns ratings based upon 27 requirements including service, amenities, security, décor, cleanliness and comfort. AAA rates properties in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.

About The BROADMOOR

The BROADMOOR is the longest consecutive winner of the AAA Five Diamond awards for excellence. Situated at the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, the total resort encompasses 5,000 acres, with three championship golf courses, a spa, salon and fitness center, nationally recognized tennis staff and program, 26 retail boutiques and 19 restaurants, cafes and lounges including Colorado’s AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Penrose Room. The new “BROADMOOR Wilderness Experience” encompasses The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley and Cloud Camp, as well as Seven Falls and The BROADMOOR Fishing Camp (both opening in 2015). Colorado Springs is serviced with non-stop flights from 11 US cities via Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American, Delta and United. With connections to worldwide destinations, Denver International Airport hosts more than 1,600 national and international flights daily.

The BROADMOOR is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Historic Hotels of America. For more information on The BROADMOOR, please call 800.755.5088 or visit http://www.broadmoor.com.

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Keep Weight Loss Goals on Track This Holiday Season with Secrets from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center


Aurora, Colo. (PRWEB) December 23, 2014

The University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo. is home to a unique brand of weight loss transformation where mindset is just as important as diet and fitness. Holly Wyatt, MD is the center’s associate director and co-author of “State of Slim”, the book that teaches dieters how to create their own state of slim no matter where they live.

Wyatt’s weight loss programs are based on 30 years of science and research and teach principles from the book including the Colorado diet and the Colorado mindset. Her new weight loss program, Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp, was a sell-out success in October and boot camp dates for March, June and July of 2015 have just been announced.

These tips from Dr. Wyatt help her program participants survive the temptations and indulgences of the season and give them another reason to celebrate success in the new year.


    Wallpaper your why: snap a picture of why you’re determined to lose weight, stay healthy and be fit. Make it your computer wallpaper and the background on your cell phone screen. One glance will give you all the extra willpower you need.

    Set a holiday goal: working toward and achieving a mini-goal will help you stay focused. Make it specific and realistic for the season— something that fits into the big picture of your long-term goals. It’ll set you up to succeed.

    Be the change: get rid of as many temptations as you can. Change the way you and others celebrate. Bring and serve healthy holiday food. Stay positive and inspire others to stay on track and you’ll end up motivating yourself.

    Start new traditions: traditional holiday fun doesn’t always fit with new healthy lifestyles. Try a recipe rehab on a family favorite, use smaller plates or arrange a family physical activity. One small change can make a big difference.

    Sleep to success: more sleep renews willpower and helps you make better food choices during the day. Set a bedtime 30 minutes earlier than normal, turn off the electronics and wake up recharged and refreshed.

    Set a holiday take action weight: setting a weight four to five pounds above normal gives you a little leeway but won’t let weight gain get out of control. Weigh yourself every morning. If you hit that high weight it’s time to cut back.

    Design a holiday cocktail: avoid the empty calories in alcohol. Create your own special drink for the season. Choose less alcohol or go completely alcohol-free with a “mocktail”. Use seltzer, Splenda and low calorie mixers.

    Make yourself move: keeping your activity level high will help keep all your other healthy behaviors in place. Don’t use “too busy” as an excuse. Schedule exercise into your day and make it your top priority.

    Go in with a game plan: deciding how you will enjoy the gathering ahead of time will help you take control of bad holiday behaviors. Eat ahead of time. Bring a healthy dish. Stand away from the food table. Choose to control the situation.

    Show gratitude and count your blessings: gratitude is key to a healthy mindset. Count your blessings daily and practice ways to celebrate them without food. The more you do it, the easier it becomes and the more you succeed.