The Cooper Institute

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


Cooper Institute Advocacy Initiatives


The Cooper Institute® continues to lend its support of the PHIT Act, (Personal Health and Investment Today). The PHIT Act will give more individuals and families the opportunity to lead healthier lives. The PHIT Act expands the IRS definition of qualified medical expenses to include physical activity as a form of prevention, allowing consumers to use money in pre-tax medical accounts (HSAs, FSAs, etc.) to pay for physical activity expenses. To lend your support to the PHIT Act, click here: PHIT America



Dr. Cooper and Sen. Nelson


Dr. Cooper and Rep. Ashby
DC Advocacy

Dr. Cooper & Sen. Nelson

Dr. Cooper poses for a picture with Senator Jane Nelson of the Texas State Senate in Austin to advocate for youth fitness assessments within the state of Texas in 2015.

Dr. Cooper & Rep. Ashby

Dr. Cooper meets with Representative Trent Ashby of the Texas House of Representatives during a recent trip to Austin to advocate for youth programs within the state of Texas.

CI's DC Advocacy Team

Dr. Laura DeFina, Joel Romo, and Amy Johnson stop in front of the Capital on a recent trip to Washingon, DC, to advocate for programs to support healthy youth.


Policy makers and public health organizations have worked closely with The Cooper Institute over the years to form public policy to strengthen physical education in public schools, work to eliminate the use of trans-fats in foods and build a healthy population based on science and research.

As The Cooper Institute engages in advocacy initiatives across the country in an effort to continue the work and mission envisioned by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the Institute welcomes our volunteers and supporters to join our cause.

Please sign up as a member of our grassroots network and lend us your expertise, passion and voice as we work to build a healthier generation, now and Well. Into the Future.