Wellness weekend for women coming to Broadmoor

STEPHANIE EARLS Updated: March 19, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: March 19, 2013

You know the old saw about how you can’t be too rich or too thin?

Obesity and nutrition specialist James Hill suggests a new superlative for Americans: You can’t be too healthy.

“We want people to begin accumulating wellness in the same way you can accumulate wealth,” said Hill, professor of medicine and pediatrics and executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. The 95,000-square-foot facility, providing state-of-the-art research, education and wellness services, opened in April 2012 at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

“We want to see a world in which accumulating wellness is what drives people more than anything else,” Hill said. “That might be a little aspirational, but you’ve got to throw out big goals.”

With its eye on such big goals, the center has partnered with The Broadmoor to host a Women’s Weekend of Wellness April 12-14. The three-day event includes physical activities, health evaluations and presentations by nationally renowned speakers and wellness experts, many of whom are on staff at the Anschutz center.

“This really is one-stop shopping for women who want to have the complete mind-body experience for wellness,” said Allison Scott, director of communications at The Broadmoor.

Speakers and programs will address wellness based on physical and metabolic fitness, quality of diet, sleep and life, and stress levels.

“What we believe is, you need to see it (wellness) holistically. You can be really good on one and bad on another,” Hill said. “We’re looking, really, for the balance among those six dimensions.”

To that end, participants can tailor their own body/mind/spirit-balancing agenda, choosing which discussions and activities to attend, said Broadmoor spa director Cassie Hernandez.

“It’s not just focusing on one aspect of health — physical, mental, nutritional — it’s how to combine all of that so that your wellness is balanced in every aspect of yourself,” Hernandez said. “We put together the weekend to allow people to determine where they struggle in their health and wellness plan.”

Last year, The Broadmoor hosted a similar, scaled-down version of the wellness weekend, to a positive reception, said Steve Bartolin, CEO and president of The Broadmoor.

“We saw the potential, so this year we wanted to take that and really amplify it, so we partnered with a very natural partner for us — the Anschutz Health and Wellness Facility,” Bartolin said.

The Broadmoor was purchased by Philip Anschutz in 2011. Clarity Media Group, a subsidiary of The Anschutz Corp., owns The Gazette.

“With them (the Anschutz wellness center) being the co-sponsor, it’s elevated it about 100 notches,” said Bartolin, who hopes the program will become an annual event. “We think it’s very topical and something that the whole community can be supportive of and can benefit from.”

Colorado — a state that consistently ranks among the healthiest in the nation — is a natural flashpoint for innovative approaches in the wellness movement, Hill said.

“We think that Colorado is where this whole trend toward wellness could really take off,” Hill said. “That’s the goal we’re aiming for. We want to be on the leading edge of efforts to help people accumulate wellness.”

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