Meet Cooper Wellness Strategies’ New Director of Wellness For VentanaFit

Cooper Aerobics has named  Elizabeth Niksich as the Director of Wellness for VentanaFit with Cooper Wellness Strategies. She will manage fitness programs at the new luxury high-rise senior living collaboration between Buckner International, Baylor Scott and White, and Cooper Wellness Strategies. Niksich has more than 30 years of experience managing wellness programs at Texas Health Resources, Mayo Clinic and Texas Instruments, and will provide wellness services and programming at the senior living community. “We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth to the Cooper Wellness Strategies team for our newest client Ventana,” said Dr. Tyler Cooper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper… Full Story

Expert: How Entrepreneurs Can Own a Medical Practice

The wellness sector has been booming, and that has made various healthcare players interested in performing procedures and even owning clinics. However, these would-be entrepreneurs should proceed with caution, because they could cross the line into prohibited—and illegal—activity. Here in Texas, and in many states around the country, the “corporate practice of medicine” law prohibits corporations, entities, or non-physicians from owning medical practices. Its aim is to protect the general public from business owners more interested in maximizing their incomes than in providing patients with high-quality healthcare. But non-physicians interested in owning a health-related business often struggle to identify what… Full Story

Blue Cross to Gift $1.6 Million to Address Social Determinants in Texas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is gifting more than $1.6 million to 17 community-based organizations all over the state to address social determinants of health like access, transportation, housing, and job opportunities. Research continues to show that one’s healthcare is largely influenced by factors outside a hospital or doctor’s office, and for organizations who end up paying or providing healthcare to those who suffer from poor housing, food insecurity, or other determinants, investing in wellness through social factors is both a benefit to the community and the budget. BCBS of Texas and other organizations have continually made grants to… Full Story

North Texas City is One of the Least Stressed in the Country

Plano was ranked as the sixth least stressed city in the country, according to a WalletHub study ranking 182 American cities from most to least stressed. Dallas ranked as the 46th most stressed city in the study.  The results were determined by four categories of stress: work, financial, family, and health and safety. Irving, Grand Prairie, Arlington, Garland, and Fort Worth were also included in the study and ranked in the less stressful half of the 182 cities. Irving came in at 149, Grand Prairie at 122, Arlington at 106, Garland at 103, and Fort Worth at 100. Although Plano is… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Collects Over 4 Million Servings of Cereal During Drive

Tenet Healthcare’s 2019 Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive collected over 4.5 million servings of cereal, helping over 100 local food banks and non-profit pantries. The annual drive aims to combat hunger, especially among children who lose access to school-provided nutrition during the summer. “Every day, our caregivers and supporting colleagues work hard to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors and ultimately save lives, and we are deeply grateful for their efforts,” Ron Rittenmeyer, Executive Chairman and CEO of Tenet, said via press release. “We are inspired by their compassion and energized by their unfaltering commitment to not only… Full Story

Hispanics Need Wellness Education With a Twist

I am the third generation of my family to be diagnosed with cancer: my grandmother, mother, father, and even my stepmom all passed away because of it. Six years ago, I got the news of my Stage 3A Breast Cancer. Having health insurance, family support and higher education, and being bilingual, were not enough to protect me from cancer.  Cancer is the leading cause of death among Latinos in this country: according to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 3 Latino women living in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. Today there are 59.8 million Latinos in the U.S.;… Full Story

DFW Airport’s Wellness Program Saved $6 Million in Four Years

The corporate wellness program at DFW Airport is adding a data point in the ongoing debate about the effectiveness of corporate wellness programs. Employer sponsored corporate wellness programs have become increasingly popular in the United States since the passing of the Affordable Healthcare Act, but recent studies have shown that most of these programs do not create desired healthcare savings. But DFW is seeing high rates of participation and significant impact. As the ACA has incentivized corporate wellness to reduce the overall healthcare costs nationwide, there has been conflict about their impact. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey showed that 53… Full Story

How PTSD Changed the Way I Care For Pregnant Women

Appointments with my doctor make me nervous. That’s highly ironic because I’m a doctor, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who regularly deals with high-risk pregnancies. But ever since developing preeclampsia during my first pregnancy eight years ago, the thought of having my blood pressure taken triggers flashbacks and anxiety. The silver lining is that my experience has changed the way that I care for patients. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 32 weeks after my blood pressure rose and I experienced headaches and blurred vision. The condition, which affects upwards of 10 percent of pregnant women, can lead to seizures or… Full Story

How to Embrace the Transition to Menopause and Not Lose Your Mind

Tiffany Jackson is a physician with Baylor Scott & White Gynecology Specialists. Don’t ask her to deliver your baby—her practice is exclusively in gynecology. As a woman in the throes of the “change of life,” I asked the expert to share her insights and survival tips.  I tell people that the day you think you’ve lost your mind is the day you know you’ve started menopause. Is there a way to actually test for it? With regard to losing your mind, you’re probably referring to some of the mood changes that might occur with the transition. As the ovaries are… Full Story

Headington Companies and Aging Mind Foundation Team Up Against Alzheimer’s

With a huge boost from Headington Companies, the Aging Mind Foundation has raised over $2.5 million in the last five years for Alzheimer’s research. While the physical and emotional costs are invaluable, the financial burden of the disease is also growing. This year, 16 million Americans will provide 18.5 billion hours of unpaid care for those with Alzheimers and other dementias, valued at $234 billion. Over the next 40 years, the overall financial impact of the disease is expected to top $20 trillion. Six million Americans currently battling Alzheimer’s disease, almost two-thirds of whom are women. While deaths from heart… Full Story