The team at The Cooper Institute (CI) is deeply saddened by the passing of Bill Kohl, PhD - a colleague, a friend, and a wonderful human being. Dr. Kohl was a sought after expert in the physical activity world and helped to forever change the understanding of the importance of physical activity and health in adults and children. Bill was a teacher at heart and mentored students, junior faculty, and others who will carry the torch of his wisdom.
From a CI perspective, Bill was extensively involved in our research with the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study - as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and Scientific Review Board as well as supporting our ongoing efforts to introduce students, post-docs, and investigators to the important lifestyle research that can be undertaken with our study. His passion and advocacy for promoting quality physical activity in schools and pursuing innovative research advanced the national opportunity for children to be active and healthy. He also served as a vital member of our FitnessGram Advisory Board.
The void in the CI team is tremendous and will never be filled. We are forever grateful for Bill’s many contributions to the success of CI. Our condolences to his family and other colleagues from his friends at The Cooper Institute.
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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.Learn More
Youth programs for healthy habits
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Is Dr. Kenneth Cooper associated with The Cooper Institute?
Yes! Dr. Cooper, known as the "Father of Aerobics", founded The Cooper Institute in 1970 to explore the relationship between fitness and wellness. Read our full story here.
Is The Cooper Institute the same as Cooper Clinic™?
No, The Cooper Institute and Cooper Clinic were both founded by Dr. Cooper, but they are separate organizations. The Cooper Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that improves lifelong health and wellness through research, education and advocacy.
Can I get certified as a personal trainer at The Cooper Institute?
In 2019, The Cooper Institute Personal Trainer (CI-CPT) certification merged with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to give trainers the best of both programs. For more information, click here.
How can I help support The Cooper Institute?
There are several ways to get involved! We have events and other opportunities throughout the year to join our network of wellness advocates and make an impact. Generous contributions allow us to change lives through healthy living research and education. Check out all opportunities here.
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