The Cooper Institute

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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Message from the CEO - New Sound. New Beeps. Same Test .

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Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020

On June 22, The Cooper Institute celebrated its 50th Anniversary COVID-19 style; we shared good news via social media. To celebrate this milestone achievement, we released the FitnessGram PACER Test Remixes! powered by Hip Hop Public Health.

The PACER Test, and its accompanying audio track, is commonly used in physical education classes to measure students’ aerobic capacity as part of their overall fitness assessment.

The new PACER Test music supports our larger effort to make fitness assessment understandable and relevant to all children and their families, regardless of their background. Hip Hop Public Health has been an incredible partner for this project with their focus on providing culturally relevant resources that impact public health and meet people where they are. These exciting new music tracks make fitness and physical activity more fun and engaging for the younger generation!

While it was developed to be used with the FitnessGram PACER Test, a number of our staff members use the progressive music for their own personal workouts.  And for the first time ever, the music is available on some of the most popular streaming services to give everyone access to the upbeat new sound of 
youth fitness. 

It is more important than ever to ensure that children are getting adequate physical activity. 

When we entered the COVID-19 pandemic, we were already in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, there appears to be less physical activity than before since this period of social distancing and online schooling began. 

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans states that children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity each day for good physical and mental health. It is critical that we keep children active so that the obesity crisis does not worsen while we face this pandemic.   

Regular physical activity will help avoid more obesity, diabetes and other related conditions as well as improve the stress and mental health issues that today’s children are facing. The Cooper Institute and our partner, Hip Hop Public Health, hope that this new and exciting music will keep kids moving and grooving Well. Into The Future. We look to all of our friends to help keep children active and healthy!

 Read: Cooper Quarterly Newsletter - Summer Edition 2020