University Wellness Center is a Hub of Innovation and Collaboration Among Researchers, Physicians and Practitioners
Located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, the team of dietitians blends the art of food and cooking with the science of nutrition and medicine at the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center. The facility houses a fitness center, clinic, teaching kitchen and a research focus in obesity, diabetes, and physical activity. They believe that “wellness changes everything.”
The teaching kitchen provides hands-on and demonstration cooking classes to a wide audience. The Culinary Medicine series taught by specialists in each field shows participants how eating high-quality meals can help prevent and treat disease, while restoring wellbeing. In the student program to promote food security and community, CU Eat Well, students learn about plant-forward food from global cuisine, pick up some cultural trivia, and relax and eat with new friends. The most in-demand program, Caring for the Frontline, is a team-based wellness program where nurses and other health professionals treat burnout with restorative yoga, massage, mindfulness, a cooking demo, and healthful meals and snacks. The teaching kitchen work also extends into the community with nutrition education events for refugees and wellness programming in public schools.