The Cooper Institute

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

The Cooper Institute

Worldwide Recognition

The Cooper Institute has achieved worldwide recognition for its outstanding scientific research on exercise physiology, obesity, hypertension, epidemiology, behavior change, children's health issues, nutrition, aging, and other preventive medicine issues.


Cooper Center Longitudinal Study

Dr. Cooper began data collection with the first patient in 1970 because he recognized the need for irrefutable research on fitness and activity. Today, this database contains more than 250,000 records from almost 100,000 individuals representing more than 1,000,000 person-years of observation. The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS) is one of the most highly-referenced databases in the world.

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The Cooper Institute has more than 600 articles and manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and lay publications. Papers from The Cooper Institute are among the most frequently cited references in the scientific literature on topics related to physical fitness, physical activity, and health. Research conducted at our institution has influenced major national public policy initiatives from entities such as the American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Past Studies

The Cooper Institute conducts innovative research studies that focus on health and fitness. Throughout the years we have investigated many topics including physical fitness, depression, coronary artery calcium, musculoskeletal injuries, blood pressure, inflammatory markers, vitamin supplementation, and aging.

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With its Board of Trustees, The Cooper Institute functions as a nonprofit, tax exempt public corporation and maintains financial independence from the rest of The Cooper Aerobics Center companies and divisions. As a result, the Institute relies heavily on the generosity and philanthropic intent of its many friends, benefactors, corporations, and foundations. In fact, your donation is imperative for the Institute to continue to pioneer scientific research in health issues as they relate to physical activity, nutrition, and preventive medicine.

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