Anschutz Health and Wellness Center  

Aurora, Colorado


People served since joining the TKC

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.


Key Demographics


# of meals provided to students through programming


# of RNs served through Caring for the Front Line during COVID
Quick Facts


3 Dietitians, 1 Kitchen Manager

Built-in kitchen in university wellness center


I firmly believe that what we learn in these classes will help us inform future patients and colleagues how to have a healthy lifestyle.

CU Eat Well Participant

Dentistry has a lot to do with eating habits and being able to know how to eat on a budget, healthy foods helps with patient care and education.

CU Eat Well Participant

Press and Publications


The Obesity Society, “Obesity/Nutrition Expert Named New TOS President,” January 2022

CU Anschutz Medical Campus News, “Center Offers Outlet for Physical, and Emotional, Rejuvenation,” September 2020

CU Anschutz Medical Campus News, “Caring for the Frontline promotes teamwork and self-care,” July 2019

CU Anschutz Medical Campus News, “Wellness Center teaches people how to improve their health through nutrition,” February 2019

CU Anschutz Medical Campus News, “Rejuvenation and resource: New director Bessesen puts AHWC’s focus on serving campus community,” February 2019