The Cooper Institute

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


The Cooper Institute was founded in 1970 by
Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, the “Father of Aerobics,”
as a nonprofit organization with a simple vision to prove that exercise is medicine.


For 50 years, The Cooper Institute has established the benefits of regular physical activity and the links between fitness and the prevention of many chronic diseases.


The Cooper Institute is dedicated to promoting life-long health and wellness through research and education.



Who We Are 

The Cooper Institute is dedicated to promoting life-long health and wellness worldwide through research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1970 by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, The Cooper Institute translates the latest scientific findings into proactive solutions that improve public health.

Key areas of focus are research, education and advocacy. Through these initiatives, The Cooper Institute helps people lead better, longer lives now and Well. Into the Future.

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What We Do

For nearly five decades, The Cooper Institute has provided the science behind the philosophy that exercise is medicine and shown the world the positive effects that health and fitness have on our quality of life.

We INVESTIGATE the relationship between fitness and wellness, INFORM the public of the latest findings, and INSPIRE the world to lead healthier lives now, and Well. Into the Future.








Support Our Work

The Cooper Institute offers a variety of giving opportunities, events, and volunteer engagement initiatives. Join us to help more people experience the benefits of good health.

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