The Cooper Institute

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


The Cooper Institute

Who We Are


The Cooper Institute (CI), established in 1970, is a 501.c.3. nonprofit research and education organization dedicated globally to preventive medicine. The Institute's founder, Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., the "Father of Aerobics," was an Air Force physician who became interested in the role of exercise in preserving health. When he published his first best seller, Aerobics, in 1968, he introduced a new word and was the spark for millions to become active.

CI is leading the world to ideal health now and well, into the future. Join with us to improve the world's health.

Working for the best preventive medicine solutions
Well. Into The Future®.


What We Do

The Cooper Institute's work is diverse and focuses on advancing preventive health practices for children and adults. Our scientific and education assets serve as the foundation for all we do:



In partnership with researchers from Stanford University, UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth, University of North Texas, and others, Cooper Institute scientists conduct research in heart, metabolic, brain, musculoskeletal, and children's health.

We maintain the largest database with an objective measure of fitness - Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS). Research using these data has affected much of our country’s public health policy.

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Youth Initiatives

CI created FitnessGram, which assesses health related fitness, provides individual prescriptive reports to students and parents, and provides education tools to promote lifelong health and fitness.

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