The Cooper Institute
 

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

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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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Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017

FitnessGram Testing with Large Groups

Administering the FitnessGram assessment when you have a large number of students may seem overwhelming at first, but thoughtful preparation greatly reduces challenges on test day....

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Friday, Feb 03, 2017

Berries: Superfoods for Preventing Heart Disease in Women

It’s no secret that plant-based foods are good for our health. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, and legumes are packed with nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals (non-nutrients in plant foods that help to prevent disease)....

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Friday, Jan 06, 2017

What’s in a Name? “Ketogenic” Diet

The Internet and the public are buzzing about the latest dietary fad, the Ketogenic Diet. However, this not a new diet at all! Read more......

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

Does Pickle Juice Relieve Muscle Cramps?

Many exercisers promote the benefits of pickle juice for relieving muscle cramps but what does the scientific evidence say about pickle juice – if it works and how it works?...

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

How Much Protein Do You Need?

Excess protein can lead to increased body fat. Protein intake should be determined based on body weight and activity level....

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