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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


The greatest changes happen when people come together with a common vision.

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Sunday, Nov 22, 2020

The greatest changes happen when people come together with a common vision. 


The NFL Foundation has done more to improve youth health and fitness than almost any other organization across the country, which is why they were this year’s Legacy Award recipient. 
Charlotte Jones, chairman of the NFL Foundation, accepted the award honoring their 11-year legacy to improve youth fitness through NFL PLAY 60. 

Over 38 million children have participated in NFL PLAY 60 programs in 73,000 schools. 

Research from the NFL PLAY 60 FitnessGram Project with The Cooper Institute proves that the program works to help children achieve a healthier body weight and improve cardio fitness. The partnership to continue researching youth fitness was renewed for another two years.   

This year’s annual Legacy Award Dinner raised a record-breaking $740,000 to support our mission of research and education. 



Improving public health can be a daunting task, but Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price earned the Well.Hero Award for inspiring an entire city to get active, eat better and live healthier. Fort Worth is now the largest city in the U.S. to join the Blue Zone Project, which aims to make healthy choices easier thereby helping reduce chronic disease in the community. The city is already seeing a positive change in the battle against childhood obesity.

Over 20,000 Fort Worth students, using FitnessGram and who are at-risk for diabetes, have shown a 6% reduction in their risk factors in just 3 years.

Mayor Price encourages physical activity and safety in her community to live longer with a higher quality of life.

“As a nation, a city and a state, we still have a lot of work to do,” said Mayor Price. “We can make people’s lives better.” Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

  Read: 2019 - 2020 Community Impact Report - SHIFT