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Improving health through lifestyle research

Explore and discover how our research and education can improve your lifelong health. Generous donations fund preventive medicine and physical activity research that impacts health across the globe.

We investigate, inform and inspire people of all ages to make healthy choices and live Well. Into the Future.


Our world-class researchers investigate the impact preventive medicine and regular exercise have on overall wellness.


We inform the public of the latest research findings to encourage people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.


We inspire others to live long, healthy lives by advocating for resources, programs and laws that place wellness and healthy aging within reach.

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Research for healthy lives

Everything we share at The Cooper Institute is grounded in research. We are internationally recognized for our work in preventive medicine, exercise science and obesity. Our findings related to healthy living continue to impact global health and inspire major organizations to follow our lead.

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Our principal research asset

The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS) is one of the largest, most highly-referenced, and longest studies with measured cardiorespiratory fitness in the world. We work with world-renowned scientists to explore this study. Findings from the CCLS established the links between fitness and heart disease, dementia, healthcare costs and more.

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Youth programs for healthy habits

Research shows fit students perform better inside and outside the classroom. With that in mind, we set children up for success by encouraging healthy habits at a young age. Placing facts and figures in front of children is not effective, so we make being healthy FUN with our youth-focused programs.

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Foundation to Fitness

This special program allows our Cooper Institute friends and family members to leave their own unique, indelible imprint on the sidewalk in front of the Cooper Clinic North. Tentatively, any brick orders made during Phase II will be installed in late Fall of 2023.

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Latest Blogs

Does Following the Mediterranean Eating Plan Decrease the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke?
June 8, 2023

Does Following the Mediterranean Eating Plan Decrease the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke?

Did you know that because of the First Amendment, anyone can write a diet book and say whatever they want, regardless of whether or not they are qualified? As a result, fad diets are a dime-a-dozen, and rates of overweight and obesity in the U.S. remain at an all-time high. At the same time, cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the number one cause of death among men and women worldwide.

Are Fish Oils Beneficial for Brain Health during Pregnancy and Post-Partum?
June 6, 2023

Are Fish Oils Beneficial for Brain Health during Pregnancy and Post-Partum?

Fish oils are a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid found in moderate to high concentrations in fatty fish, as well as in other foods.

Swimming for Summer and All Year Long
June 2, 2023

Swimming for Summer and All Year Long

Summertime is coming and it is time to get in the water! Children swim for fun, to beat the heat, and in competitive sports all year long. With an increase in various water activities available during the summer, it is important for youth to be strong swimmers for safety, both in and around water.



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What The Cooper Institute means to me

The Cooper Institute is important to me because the research has given me and my brother the opportunity to extend our lives past our mother’s and grandfather’s age, and to live a healthy and productive life, free from disabling disease.

Dr. Cooper invited me to his clinic 20 years ago, and that began an enduring friendship that’s one of my fondest blessings. As a member of his board I saw his passion and concern for the health of all people up close and I think it would be very hard to overstate the positive impact his tremendous life and work have had on the world. I’m honored and privileged to support The Cooper Institute and help preserve Dr. Cooper’s legacy.

The Cooper Institute is addressing a major component of a healthy lifestyle and doing the research that backs up these claims. While most people know that exercise is important, statistically, most people do not get enough exercise for any number of reasons. The Cooper Institute is a strong force in educating the general public and even professionals to the benefits of adequate exercise!

The Cooper Institute is important for so many reasons. For me, it is important because it is one of the leading institutions that serves society with prevention messages. The Institute has been a forerunner in the area of preventive health to which has provided the world with information and guidance to obtain optimal health and prevent the unnecessary deaths, illnesses, and injuries that occur daily. The Institute, in all of its capacities, is the best medicine that has ever been prescribed!


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