The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Oklahoma Legislative Update

Written by
Joel Romo
Posted in

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021

The state of Oklahoma is home to many of the country’s finest corporations, higher education institutions, and medical facilities, each bolstered by a vibrant workforce and supportive community. However, childhood obesity poses a serious threat to the future of our economy.

Research shows that fit students perform better inside and outside the classroom. Regular physical activity improves fitness and reduces the risk of developing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and many forms of cancer. The Cooper Institute is working with the 58th Oklahoma Legislature to establish quality physical education standards as well as a quality physical fitness assessment. 

As stated in the Oklahoma Journal Record (9/29/20) Childhood Obesity is Bad for Business. Data demonstrates that 50% of the Oklahoma population is projected to be obese by 2030. Additionally, Oklahoma elementary and middle school students do not receive the minimum recommended weekly PE time of 150 and 225 minutes respectively. To address these issues Rep. Danny Sterling has filed HB 2381 which will establish an annual physical fitness assessment requirement for students in grades 3-12 and is also working on another piece of legislation that will strengthen physical education standards in Oklahoma. 

2020 March Forth! to Oklahoma - Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH walking the halls with volunteers to share the the importance of building a healthier generation now and Well. Into the Future. 

We look forward to working with key public health leaders, stakeholders, lawmakers and volunteers in advancing these proposals. If you or your organization is interested in joining our efforts in Oklahoma feel free to contact Joel Rom, Vice President of Governmental Affairs at or by phone at 512-423-1598.