The Cooper Institute

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


A Vision of Health for Women

Written by
Amber Freeland
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Friday, Mar 08, 2019

Healthy kids are generally more successful in school and in life. That’s why fitness is one of the key ingredients for setting students up for a lifetime of achievement. Another key ingredient to student success is good vision. Children with poor vision and poor fitness struggle in the classroom because they lack the solid foundation they need to perform well in all areas.

This is why we paired up with the Vision Impact Institute back in September, to raise awareness about the importance of good vision and physical fitness to improve whole-child health and wellness. This collaboration was made possible by The Rosewood Foundation and their late founder, Caroline Rose Hunt, who gave The Cooper Institute a grant to raise awareness about the importance of healthy vision.

Left to Right: Amy Johnson, Chief Development Officer of The Cooper Institute; Caroline Rose Hunt; Julia Sands, Trustee of The Rosewood Foundation; Lynn Fisher, Vice President of The Rosewood Foundation

Mrs. Hunt was passionate about vision awareness because she had macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in America. This condition generally affects people over the age of 60 and tends to occur more often among Caucasian women. More broadly, women are more apt to experience vision loss than men. According to the Vision Impact Institute, women make up 55 percent of the people with vision impairment and 56 percent of the blind worldwide.

We have learned that risk factors such as obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension can contribute to macular degeneration. There is also a juvenile form known as Stargardt’s disease that affects one in 10,000 children between the ages of six and 20. The benefits of physical fitness and healthy living for women and girls have never been more clear.

The Cooper Institute is proud to highlight the impact of Mrs. Hunt’s generosity and her vision for a healthier future.

In case you missed it, here is a look back on this collaboration and the messages we have shared with the Vision Impact Institute:   

Vision Screenings Are Key to Academic and Athletic Success in Students
Vision and Fitness is Key to Student Achievement
Whole child health leads to whole child success

The Benefits of Playing Outside
Screentime is detrimental to whole child health and vision  
Can exercise help children sleep better?