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City of Dallas doesn't want to be 'Big D', as far as weight is concerned

Image courtesy of Raktim Chatterjee/FreeDigitalPhotos.netFor city workers in Dallas, "Big D" stands for something other than the nickname of its city.

Of the more than 21,000 people insured under the city's health plan, more than 80 percent are overweight. That is taxing the city due to an array of health problems. The mayor is hoping to see changes with incentives for healthier lifestyles, including $20 off insurance premiums if a certain amount of points is accumulated. 

The rest of the country is not immune to the obesity epidemic as nearly two of every three people are considered obese.

Check out the Dallas Morning News story for more on the city's fight against obesity.


Cooper Fitness Center goes big with renovation

Photo courtesy of Cooper Fitness CenterCooper Fitness Center in Dallas must have been thinking of the saying, "Everything is bigger in Texas," when it decided on a renovation of its club.

The 18-month and $7.5 million project spared very little, expanding the facility to 50,000 square feet. Among the amenities include an indoor cycle studio, a mind/body studio and private Pilates studio, as well as new locker rooms with saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and custom lockers.

There is also new equipment, a three-lane indoor track, basketball court and two heated 25-yard pools.

"We have accomplished a lot since we first opened Cooper Fitness Center more than 40 years ago, starting with proving the health benefits of exercise, and engaging people in exercise that works for their lifestyles," said Kenneth H. Cooper, founder and chairman of Cooper Aerobics, who is known as the "Father of Aerobics. "With the opening of our newly-renovated, top-notch facility we are equipping the next generation to live better, longer, more productive lives."

Check out the press release on the Cooper Fitness Center website for more.