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

 
 
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Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019

Can exercise help children sleep better?

How much sleep is your child getting? We know physical activity and good nutrition is important for student performance and growth development, but sometimes we don’t pay enough attention to sleep....

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Thursday, Jan 24, 2019

Screentime is detrimental to whole child health and vision

The lack of physical activity and abundance of screen time are two of the biggest obstacles to children’s health that we face. Sitting too much can be considered as dangerous of a risk factor for health as smoking, while excessive screen time is leading to a dramatic increase in nearsightedness. According to the Vision Impact Institute, physical activity can improve whole child health and vision....

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Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

Your Gift Makes an Impact

The holiday season is a time for family, friends and giving – and we are so grateful to count you as a member of our family. As you consider your gifts at this time, we ask you to consider The Cooper Institute in your year-end giving plans....

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Wednesday, Dec 05, 2018

The Benefits of Playing Outside

Playing outside can be a fun way to encourage physical activity, but did you know it can also have an impact on the development of myopia, or near-sightedness, in children? Learn more about the benefits of outside play and the impact on whole-child health....

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Tuesday, Nov 06, 2018

Whole child health leads to whole child success

Setting your student up for success starts long before that first bell rings. Eye exams are critical to ensure that they perform well in the classroom, in the gym, and in extra-curricular activities....

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Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018

Vision and Fitness is Key to Student Achievement

Good vision and eye health are key to students' ability to do well in the classroom and on the playground. Poor vision not only affects what children are able to learn, but also how well they are able to learn. By noticing when kids are struggling, teachers can not only help improve their grades, but also their vision, their fitness, and their quality of life....

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Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018

Rise up: Creating a Culture of Health in Georgia

Since 2012, Georgia SHAPE has been helping schools teach kids to live happier, healthier and more active lives. Led by Governor Nathan Deal, the Georgia SHAPE initiative is dedicated to improving Georgia’s future by improving child health and wellness in a program that is rooted in research. [READ MORE +]...

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Youth

Friday, Sep 07, 2018

Vision Screenings Are Key to Academic and Athletic Success in Students

Imagine trying to learn or play sports with blurry vision. Would you know the difference between a circle and a square if you could not see a square's sharp corners? Could you accurately throw or hit a ball if you couldn’t see it or see the target? Poor vision can have a detrimental effect on a child’s success in all areas....

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Youth

Friday, May 11, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Healthy Zone School Award Winners!

On Thursday, May 10, a special dinner was held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, honoring this year’s Healthy Zone Schools and award winners. Read more...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Asthma and Depression: the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS)

Asthma and depression each affect about 10% of the overall U.S. population. The prevalence of asthma is somewhat higher among youth than adults. While some U.S. studies have shown an association between asthma and depression, the data is based mostly on self-report rather than objective clinical measurements of these conditions. A recent study on Cooper Clinic patients explored this important topic. Read on to learn more!...

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Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018

International Youth Fitness Assessment: The Cooper Institute Leading the Way

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Thus, it is appropriate to focus attention on assessment of physical fitness, not only in the USA but across the globe. The 13th Measurement & Evaluation Symposium was conducted at the 2018 SHAPE America Annual meeting in Nashville TN. The Symposium, sponsored by The Cooper Institute, focused on “Youth Fitness Assessment in the 21st Century: Issues, Challenges, & Future Directions.” Read more on how The Cooper Institute has lead the way on physical fitness assessment in children and youth....

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Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018

Energy Drinks: Friend or Foe?

Energy drinks have surged in popularity over the past quarter of a century, particularly among the younger segments of the population. Concerns regarding adverse events associated with these drinks have arisen. Recently, the American College of Sports Medicine issued a Contemporary Issues paper on the topic of energy drinks. Read on to learn more!...

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