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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

 
 
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Friday, Feb 16, 2018

Midlife Fitness Level is a Strong Predictor of Stroke: The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S., and is also among the leading causes of death. Risk factors for stroke such as hypertension, diabetes, age, and atrial fibrillation were identified long ago. More recently, low levels of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) have emerged as a strong and independent risk factor for stroke as well. Read on to learn more about how Cooper Institute data shows that CRF level at midlife impacts the risk of having a stroke after the age of 65!...

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Monday, Feb 05, 2018

Muscular Strength Strategies for Youth

Resistance (strength) training can be safely implemented for kids of all ages. Basic rules for strength training in kids and adolescents have been published in a previous blog (see: Strength Training for FitnessGram). Physical education teachers can utilize the following resistance training strategies to boost kids’ musculoskeletal fitness....

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Friday, Feb 02, 2018

Introduction to the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS)

Many of us with an interest in health and fitness take it for granted that being physically fit helps to improve coronary risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, but someone had to prove it first! That was none other than Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the “Father of Aerobics” who was the first to publish a study proving that exercise really is medicine. Read on to learn more about the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, the largest study of its kind....

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Friday, Feb 02, 2018

Know your Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level and Coronary Artery Calcium Score

Most health-conscious people know that their resting blood pressure, cholesterol level, smoking status, etc. are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. A lesser number of people know that their level of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) level is also a strong risk factor, and very few know about the importance of coronary artery calcification (CAC) score as a risk factor. In this blog, we examine a recent novel study that examined the effect of CRF across different levels of CAC on the risk of cardiovascular events in a large group of Cooper Clinic men. Read on to learn more!...

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Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

Knee Pain: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Are you experiencing knee pain? While a vast majority of knee problems involve ligament damage, another common cause of knee pain is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). PFPS is characterized by pain underneath the patella (knee cap). The pain increases with squatting movements, stair climbing, and prolonged sitting. This fit tip provides a variety of exercises that will strengthen the quadriceps muscle group and increase hip stability....

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Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

Exercise…Your Right to Vote

Everyone has a voice, and when a group of passionate volunteers come together and use their voices collectively, change happens. Imagine a world in which our youngest generation never experiences early onset type 2 diabetes, never faces having to work in an environment that is a health hazard due to secondhand smoke exposure, and where daily physical activity is simply a way of life. This is a reality that is not only possible, but entirely within our reach. This is the reality that The Cooper Institute® fights for every day. We’re asking you to join us in this fight as well by exercising…your right to vote....

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Tuesday, Jan 09, 2018

Fuel Up to Play 60: Physical Activity Plays

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a key component to the NFL Play 60 FitnessGram project, and there are so many ways to get started on implementing the various facets of the program. In this month’s blog post, Seattle Seahawks champion Krista Winn shares her innovative strategies for incorporating Fuel Up to Play 60’s physical activity plays at her school. Strategies include Family Fitness Nights, Peace Pals, effective uses of grant funding, and more. Read on to learn about how Krista’s school engages students, families and staff to create a culture of activity that promotes lifelong fitness....

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Monday, Jan 08, 2018

What if kids felt empowered by a focus on fitness?

"Gym class" conjures up a wide array of memories for most adults, who either loved it or dreaded it. We know now that physical education is one of the most important classes a student will ever take, as scientific research has shown us just how critical physical education and literacy are to the whole child from health to academics and beyond. Read on to learn more!......

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Thursday, Jan 04, 2018

Is there such a thing as too much exercise?

The New Year is accompanied by many resolutions such as ‘exercising more.’ Is there such a thing as too much exercise? Definitely! In situations where muscles are severely damaged as a result of doing too much exercise, a serious condition known as exertional rhabdomyolysis can result. Read on to learn more!...

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Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

Should You Eat Like a Caveman? The Paleo Diet

While rates of obesity in the U.S. remain at an all-time high, hip and trendy diets are a dime a dozen. One such diet suggests that we should ‘eat like a caveman.’ Does this approach have any scientific validity? Read on to learn more!...

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Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

The Alkaline Diet

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of free speech. Thus, anyone can write a diet book and make whatever ridiculous claims that they wish to make. A prime example is ‘The Alkaline Diet’ which is promoted by gullible celebrities, athletes, and others who either do not understand or choose to ignore basic chemistry. Read on to learn more!...

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Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

The Ketogenic Diet

Hip and trendy diets are a dime a dozen, and cycle in and out of popularity. Most lead to short-term weight loss rather than long term-weight control. Oftentimes, the only thing that changes is the name of the diet. One example of ‘same diet, different name’ is the ketogenic diet. Read on to learn more!...

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