Writing the Road Map for a Healthy Life Journey

Alumnus pens book focusing on men’s health after 50 

Lou Bezich GSC’80 is an executive at Cooper University Health Care in Camden.

Lou Bezich discovered a way to deal with stress years before he faced the tension inherent in high-level executive positions. Troubled by the looming uncertainty of life after college and his parents’ divorce when he was in his early 20s, Bezich started running laps around his apartment complex’s parking lot. “It cleared my head,” he said. “I didn’t know it at the time, but it set me on my journey.”

That journey, which included earning a master of public policy degree from Rutgers University–Camden in 1980, resulted in a lifetime of fitness and an accomplished career while overcoming some challenging events in his personal life. Bezich, senior vice president for strategic alliances at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, is sharing what he has put into practice with his book, Crack the Code: 10 Proven Secrets that Motivate Healthy Behavior and Inspire Fulfillment in Men Over 50. “At a time in life when we look at the prospect of weddings and graduations and travel and retirement and a second or third career—the things one could potentially look forward to that would provide a motivation to stay healthy—men do the opposite,” he said. “My motivation started with social factors, and that’s the essence of the book. Before you can get to any particular diet or exercise program, you have to have that underlying motivation.”

Much of Bezich’s career has been, as he describes it, spent “in the public fishbowl.” Early on, he worked in government in Camden County and Washington Township in Gloucester County, ultimately serving as county administrator for Camden County. He began the position managing a $200 million budget with 3,500 employees when he was only 32. Prior to joining Cooper University Health Care in 2011, he served as vice president of administrative services at Camden County College. A lifelong resident of Haddon Township, he also currently serves as vice chair of the Rowan University/Rutgers–Camden Board of Governors and teaches graduate courses as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers–Camden, where his connections run deep. His late father, Anthony Bezich, graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1954, and his son, Stephen Bezich CCAS’11, and daughter-in- law, Colleen Bianco-Bezich GSC’09, RLAW’10, are alumni. “I’ll be forever grateful for being a part of the Rutgers family,” Bezich said.

This story is adapted with permission from a piece written by Jen A. Miller GSC’04 for the UT (University of Tampa) Journal.

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