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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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Latest Blogs

Is Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level Linked to Heart Failure and Heart Attack Hospitalization?
February 27, 2023
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Is Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level Linked to Heart Failure and Heart Attack Hospitalization?

Several studies have shown convincingly that higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) are associated with decreased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. However, less is known regarding CRF and non-fatal cardiovascular disease events.

Are Stroke Rates Rising Among Young Adults?
February 16, 2023
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Healthy Aging

Are Stroke Rates Rising Among Young Adults?

Stroke, which is also known as a cerebrovascular accident, is a form of cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries of the brain. In this blog, we will examine stroke hospitalization rates over time in various countries, with a particular emphasis on younger individuals.

Rhabdomyolysis Makes the News in Texas Once Again!
January 26, 2023
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Rhabdomyolysis Makes the News in Texas Once Again!

It would be difficult to find a sane and rational person who disagreed with the statement that regular exercise is good for you, and that more is better within reasonable limits. For the beginner exerciser however, or for those who are unaccustomed to certain exercises, the question of ‘how much is too much?’ becomes extremely important.



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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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