The Cooper Institute

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


Cooper Advocacy Team At Work in Oklahoma

Written by
Joel Romo
Posted in

Friday, Oct 22, 2021

 Did you know that in 2020, Oklahoma had the 9th highest obesity prevalence in the nation? 

We can do better and that is why our Advocacy team and volunteers have been working with partners such as: The Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD), Healthy Schools Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Medical Association, key lawmakers and numerous volunteers to advance stronger physical education requirements and a physical fitness assessment requirement. 

Over the past year, we have been engaged with partners at the Oklahoma State Department of Health as they develop a state obesity plan, the Office of Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell and his Healthy Kids Coalition and lawmakers such as Rep. Danny Sterling and others to educate lawmakers on not only the health benefits, but the economic benefits of having a fit population.

  In Oklahoma, 73% of Oklahomaans aged 17-24 are ineligible to serve in the military with the leading factor being obesity. In fact, did you know that by the year 2030, 58% of Oklahoma’s overall population is projected to be obese?  And, currently, Oklahoma elementary and middle school students are not currently receiving quality physical education. According to the OK Tobacco Settlement endowment Trust (TSET) website - Today, 17.3% of Oklahoma high schoolers are obese or overweight, and a staggering 36.5% of adults are obese.  

  We are also excited to be working with Governor Kevin Stitt as he helps raise a healthier generation in Oklahoma which is critical to their state’s future workforce and talent pipeline, economic prosperity, national security and quality of life.  As Dr. Cooper’s home state we hope you will join us in ensuring Oklahoma can one day be a top ten healthy state! 


If you are interested in joining our efforts in Oklahoma feel free to contact our Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Joel Romo at


Reference: Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps | Overweight & Obesity | CDC


Twitter handles: @OK_HPERD, @HSOKschools, @GovStitt, @RepSterling