Wellness Works: One COO's Personal Journey with Fitness & Health

Wellness Works: One COO's Personal Journey with Fitness & Health

Corey Sanders, MGM Resorts International Chief Operating Officer, on his decision to lead a healthier lifestle
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By Corey Sanders, MGM Resorts International, Chief Operating Officer

Growing up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, my three brothers and I played endless sports.

I played soccer and baseball, and bowled — if you consider bowling a sport. Because our mom was always shuttling us from activity to activity, many of our dinners consisted of fast-food. After high school, I played sports less and less, but continued to live on fast food. In my twenties, there would be times when I wasn’t comfortable with how I looked, how I felt, how sluggish I was. I would diet and work out, lose some weight – and then gain it back.

This cycle continued for more than a decade. Around 1999, when I was working as the chief financial officer at MGM Grand, I had a medical issue that put me in the hospital, and it hit me: I couldn’t continue to live this way. Jim Murren, who is now the chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, said he was getting me a trainer. With coaching, I began to be much more consistent about working out and eating a nutritionally sound diet. 

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