The Cooper Institute
 

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

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fitness Norms and Fitness Standards are Apples and Oranges

Often times the terms ‘fitness norms’ and ‘fitness standards’ are used interchangeably in the law enforcement community, but these terms are actually very different from one another. In this blog we discuss the difference between the two....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension (DASH)

In this Fit Tip video, we will discuss how the DASH eating plan, as well as moderate amounts of cardiovascular and strength training can have a favorable impact on your resting blood pressure....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Does Blood Pressure Earlier in Life Predict Hypertension Later in Life?

In a recently published paper, the authors presented data strongly suggesting that monitoring blood pressure during childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood can be used to predict future prehypertension and hypertension, as well as future risk of cardiovascular disease....

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Building a Healthier Generation through Fitness Assessment

The generation we teach today are facing a serious health crisis. This is about as real as it gets – our youngest students are the first, ever, to be predicted to NOT outlive their parents. As physical education teachers, what we do today, and more importantly, how we do it, will make all the difference in the lives of countless students who cross our paths. It’s not just about checking the “PE” box, it’s about ensuring our students actually attain the physical literacy they need to be strong adults....

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Friday, May 05, 2017

New Studies Bolster Existing Support for Whole Grains!

Fad diets are a dime a dozen. A couple of somewhat popular diet crazes claim that all grains should be avoided because they cause inflammation, leading to increased risk of chronic disease and early death. Worldwide, grains are a major component of the diet, providing approximately half of the energy and protein intake. Thus, the claim by authors of diet books that grains increase the risk of disease and death warrants very careful scientific scrutiny!...

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Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

Fitness, Body Mass, and Risk of Cancer Death in Women

It’s no secret that cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the U.S., accounting for approximately 275,000 deaths per year. This causes not only a tremendous physical and emotional toll, but also places a significant economic burden on society. Approximately $90 billion is spent each year on the direct costs of cancer such as medication, hospital, physician, and nursing services....

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Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

Rotator Cuff Alternatives

One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is a weakness or injury of the rotator cuff muscle group. This group of muscles is responsible for stabilization and internal/external rotation of the shoulder. There are many options that can be utilized for the purpose of strengthening the rotator cuff group. Here are a few suggestions....

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Monday, Apr 10, 2017

Cooper Capitol Day

For many, childhood memories were full of games of tag, capture the flag during gym class, or unknowingly learning conflict resolution during recess, away from the watchful eye of a teacher. Today, many children are collecting far different memories. Instead of daily gym class, one in three children struggle through each day with obesity or being overweight. Instead of building social skills during recess, children are learning to manage type-2 diabetes....

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Monday, Apr 10, 2017

Strength Training for FitnessGram®

Students work hard to get into the Healthy Fitness Zone® in the muscular strength and endurance FitnessGram® tests, yet some remain in the Needs Improvement Zone. Strength (resistance) training activities are effective strategies physical education teachers can teach to help students improve their musculoskeletal FitnessGram® scores, and they can be fun in the process!...

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Monday, Mar 27, 2017

High-Energy Protein Foods and Drinks: an Oxymoron?

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which contradictory terms appear in conjunction. A couple of my favorite oxymorons are ‘jumbo shrimp’ and ‘pretty ugly!’ Some food and beverage manufacturers promote their products using terms such as ‘high-energy protein bar’ or ‘high-energy protein drink.’...

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Monday, Mar 06, 2017

FitnessGram® in the Online Environment – How Does that Work?

With the growing trend of alternative options for receiving physical education credits, many schools, districts, and states are turning to online courses. The process of developing an online physical education course and integrating FitnessGram® assessments can be challenging, yet beneficial....

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Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Dietary Cholesterol is no Longer a Concern?

Most of us are aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death among U.S. men and women. It is also indisputable that abnormal blood cholesterol level is one of the eight major risk factors for heart disease. While approximately 100 million Americans have abnormal blood cholesterol levels, many of them are not aware of the presence of this ticking time bomb....

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