October 31 - November 2, 2023

General Sessions

Close the health care gap by “squaring off the curve” Presenter: Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Time: 8:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m. PT

“Live longer, feel the best you’ve ever felt and reduce your health care costs.” In his mission to help people improve both the quality and quantity of their lives, preventive medicine pioneer Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper has studied healthy people for more than 50 years. Over this period, “the father of aerobics” has proven that fitness is a vital sign through research and preventive medicine and wellness services. Today, with a database of more than 150,000 patients and 300,000 maximal performance treadmill stress tests, Cooper Clinic and its research center have proven the value of exercise in the practice of preventive medicine. These men and women are living 10 years longer than the national average. And they tend to “square off the curve,” that is, live a long, healthy life that ends without prolonged illness—86.5 years for men and 90.5 years for women. Cooper’s research shows those in the top category of fitness have 40% lower Medicare costs than those in the bottom level. Your clients and you can do the same with a few simple steps to Get Cooperized™. In addition, while chronic inflammation is on the rise, it is being ignored in the practice of medicine. Explore the multitude of diseases triggered by low-grade, long-term chronic inflammation, as well as the best ways to control it.

You’ll be able to:

  • Improve the quality and quantity of people’s lives with proven research from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study.
  • Educate clients on how to “square off the curve” for a longer, more productive life.
  • Identify the causes of inflammation and steps to prevent chronic inflammation and its harmful effects.

CEUs

Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, preventive medicine pioneer, is founder and chairman of the Dallas, Texas-based Cooper Aerobics Center, home of six health and wellness companies and renowned nonprofit research center The Cooper Institute. During his 13 years’ service in the US Army and US Air Force, Dr. Cooper served as a flight surgeon and director of the Aerospace Medical Laboratory in San Antonio. He worked with NASA to help create the conditioning program preparing astronauts for space and the in-flight anti-deconditioning program. He also developed the 12-minute and 1.5-mile fitness tests and the Aerobics Point System. In 1968, Dr. Cooper introduced the concept of exercising in pursuit of good health when he launched the worldwide phenomenon Aerobics—his first of 19 books on health and fitness. His latest book, Start Strong, Finish Strong, is a collaboration with his son, Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH. Both father and son are board certified in preventive medicine and hold masters in Public Health from Harvard University.

Unlock the future: Closing gaps is the “key” Presenter: Colin Milner
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Time: 8:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m. PT

The future of wellness is person centered. Solutions will be precise and designed for the individual—an approach supported by in-the-moment technology, engaging and well environments, meaningful programs and connections, and highly skilled staff. Whether seen in life developments or detected via monitoring, the resulting active and passive outcomes will become the heart of a model created to extend healthspan and promote wellness. Yet, achieving this future relies on how well you manage the “now” by closing the gaps between aspiration, realization and implementation. No matter how much you believe in wellness, the long-term success of your wellness culture (or program) will be determined by gaps between the importance you ascribe to it within your community or organization and the effectiveness with which you implement it. Prepare now to unlock the future. This thought-provoking session will offer guidance and outline strategies to help you identify and close gaps that could impede your ability to embrace the future of wellness—and fully reap its benefits and rewards.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss what the future could hold for wellness and what success will require.
  • Identify gaps that could impede your organization’s ability to move into the future with a firm foundation.
  • Create strategies for closing your wellness gaps.

CEUs

Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging, is founder of the active-aging industry in North America and a leading authority on the health and well-being of the older adult. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recognized Milner as one of the world’s “most innovative and influential minds” on aging-related topics. An award-winning writer, Milner has authored more than 300 articles. He has been published in such journals as Global Policy, and the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics. He also contributed a chapter to the WEF book Global Population Ageing: Peril or Promise? Milner’s efforts have inspired a broad spectrum of groups to seek his counsel, including the World Health Organization, WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Aging, US Department of Health and Human Services, and Canadian Special Senate Committee on Aging.

The built environment: Foundation of an ecosystem that enhances health, safety and security Presenter: Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Time:8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. PT.

One vital pandemic lesson is that where we live, work, learn and play influences our health and wellness. Given that people today spend 90% of their time indoors, these environments must support healthy living. Trends driving environmental changes include wellness real estate, well buildings, wellness interiors, and the healthy building movement. These trends point to the next chapter in wellness: an ecosystem designed to support the wellness culture.

You’ll be able to:

  • Summarize the trends driving significant shifts in the environments we create in which to live, work, learn and play.
  • Discuss how changing our environment impacts our health, wellness and genes.
  • Explain how a “well” built environment minimizes disease transmission.

CEUs

Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, had a distinguished career in public health, serving as 17th Surgeon General of the United States. His interest in public health stemmed from the realization that most of his patients’ illnesses and injuries were preventable. Today, Dr. Carmona serves as chief of health innovations for Canyon Ranch, a global leader in the wellness movement. He is a Distinguished Laureate Professor at the University of Arizona.