The Cooper Institute
 

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

 
 
 
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Friday, Mar 26, 2021

The Alkaline Diet: Help or Hype?

The First Amendment guarantees the right of free speech. Thus, anyone can write a diet book and make whatever claims that they wish to make. A prime example is ‘The Alkaline Diet’ which is promoted by celebrities, athletes, and others who may not have an understanding of basic chemistry or physiology. Read on to learn more!...

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Monday, Mar 15, 2021

Most Effective Type of Exercise for Obese Older Adults who are Dieting

March is National Nutrition Month! It’s a well-known fact that rates of obesity are at an all-time high and that exercise is a necessary component for long-term weight control. However, for older obese adults, less is known about the types of exercise that they should perform. In this blog, we examine the individual as well as the combined effects of aerobic training and resistance training, as well as a weight management program in the older obese population....

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Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021

Does fitness further reduce the risk of heart disease deaths among individuals who are already at low risk?

Although cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading cause of death in the U.S. for over a century, the causes of CVD were completely unknown until the early 1960s. In fact, heart attack and stroke were thought by many to be a natural consequence of the aging process!...

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Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021

Impact of Resistance Training on Blood Pressure

Hypertension (high blood pressure) affects more than one-third of the U.S. adult population, and is an important risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. While countless studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise can help to lower resting blood pressure among hypertensives, less is known about the efficacy of resistance training in this regard. Read on to learn more!...

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Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021

2020 Research Review by The Cooper Institute 

Last year was a very productive time for research at The Cooper Institute. Our team worked hard in 2020 to discover more about the many health benefits of regular physical activity, as well as the benefits of obtaining at least a moderate level of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF). Most of our research stems from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS), the largest and longest-running health study of its kind in the world with an objective measure of CRF....

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Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021

Rating the Diets: U.S. News and World Report Annual Rankings

70% of American adults are either overweight or obese. This provides a rich and fertile environment for a seemingly endless number of popular diets. While some of these diets are questionable at best, there are some that are safe, nutritious, heart-healthy, and effective for weight loss. Read on to learn more!...

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Monday, Dec 14, 2020

How Long After Working Out Does Your Heart Rate Return to Base?

Those of us that are health conscious are well aware that poor cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is a strong predictor of conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. The gold standard for measuring CRF is a maximal treadmill exercise test performed in a clinical setting. In recent years, heart rate recovery (HRR) from maximal exercise has also been identified as an important cardiovascular health measure....

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Thursday, Nov 19, 2020

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Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020

Together, we stand greater than diabetes.

Diabetes affects over 34 million people across the country and is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure, and early death. Regular exercise may be the key to reversing this trend....

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Wednesday, Aug 05, 2020

Health Disparities Among African Americans

Is being Black in America bad for your health? Our team takes a closer look at the health disparities among African Americans and what can be done to improve their health....

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Alcohol and Cancer Risk: Can drinking too much cause cancer?

Millions of people are using alcohol to help them cope with the stress of quarantine. But can too much alcohol increase your risk of cancer? Learn more about the connection between alcohol consumption and cancer risks....

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Monday, Apr 13, 2020

Eating Well During Quarantine: Are Processed Foods Really That Bad?

Eating healthy has never been more important. But for those of us with a pantry full of processed foods, how do we make sure what we are eating is healthy?...

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