The Cooper Institute

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


This is what we do at The Institute.

Initiated in 1970, the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS) is the world’s largest and longest running observational study with measured cardiorespiratory fitness.

Since our landmark study in 1989 showing the association between being fit and lower mortality, research from the CCLS continues to evaluate the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyle, and preventive healthcare; effectively proving again and again that exercise truly is medicine.




The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS)

Our principal research asset, the CCLS allows researchers to evaluate the effect of lifestyle choices on the development of chronic conditions, mortality, healthcare costs, and much more.

Research from the CCLS has led to discoveries that will continue to incentivize people to get active, guide corporate leaders on employee wellness strategies, arm legislators with data needed to enact smart public health policies and a myriad of ways to enhance healthy living.

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Published Research

The CCLS has produced over 700 papers published in peer-reviewed journals over the past 50 years. The research from this longitudinal study has shaped the way the world views exercise and its impact on quality of life and longevity.

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Research Team

The Cooper Institute’s research team includes renowned authors, lecturers, physicians and epidemiologists. In addition to our on-site research team, The Institute collaborates with many world-renowned research teams.

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Support the Endowment

The Institute offers a variety of giving opportunities and events. Join us in ensuring that more people have the opportunity to experience good health.

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