The Cooper Institute
 

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

 
 
 
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Friday, Jun 28, 2019

Can Aerobic Fitness Prevent Dementia? CCLS Study Examines the Connection

As the average life expectancy of U.S. adults continues to increase, dementia has come to the forefront of public health issues. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s, which is now the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S....

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Friday, Jun 14, 2019

Protecting Eyes While Playing Outside

Outside playtime is a fun way to boost physical activity and improve children's growth and development, but don't forget to protect children’s eyes from the harsh sun....

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Wednesday, Jun 05, 2019

Men’s Health Month: Improving cardiorespiratory fitness reduces heart failure mortality

June is Men’s Health Month, which is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of preventive health care for men. Heart failure is a common cause of illness and death in older adults. A study by The Cooper Institute shows that improving cardiorespiratory fitness reduces heart failure mortality in men....

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Texas Legislature Adjourned: Children of Texas Have a Bright Future

The 86th Legislature has officially adjourned, and the Governor will now review over 1,429 pieces of legislation that have arrived on his desk for his approval or veto. Many of the proposals promoting physical activity and children’s health were passed and now await Governor Gregg Abbott’s signature. Read more for a quick synopsis of those key measures supported by The Cooper Institute that remain law or will soon become law....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The 1975 Elite Runners Study: How Are Elite Distance Runners Different From the Rest of Us?

May is National Runners Month, so what better time to dust off one of our favorite studies on elite long-distance runners? This 1975 study was the first of its kind, helping us better understand how these incredible athletes differ from the rest of us mere mortals....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Being Physically Fit can Help Decrease Risk of Premature Death in Men with Emotional Distress

An estimated 20 million Americans have symptoms of major depressive disorder, a known risk factor for heart disease and death. Can physical fitness help decrease the risk of premature death for people with depressive disorders?...

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Advocating for Whole Child Health

At The Cooper Institute, we talk a lot about improving whole-child health, but what exactly does that mean? How can parents and teachers be advocates for the health and wellness of children at home and in the community?...

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Meyer Society Lecture Series: Margaret Spellings looks to long-range planning as the key to success in Texas

It was a lovely spring night as people from all over Dallas gathered for the second annual Meyer Society Lecture Series by The Cooper Institute. This year’s event featured Margaret Spellings, a renowned education thought leader and public policy expert who notably spearheaded the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) as the secretary of education under president George W. Bush. Most recently, Spellings served as the president of the University of North Carolina System before leaving to help lead the efforts at Texas 2036 - a nonprofit focused on long-range, data-based planning to build a better Texas by the bicentennial year....

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Friday, May 03, 2019

Gluten: Facts and Fallacies

Diet trends may come and go, but there are some basic facts about nutrition that never change no matter how the general population interprets them. Take gluten for example. Many people are going to great lengths to avoid gluten in their diets with food manufacturers and some restaurants touting their ‘gluten-free’ products as part of a healthy lifestyle....

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Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019

6 Tips to be Screen Free and Fit

Too much screen time can be detrimental to your child’s health, and even your own. The lack of physical activity and abundance of screen time are two of the biggest obstacles to children’s health that we face. Learn more about how to reduce screen time and improve physical health for the whole family....

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Thursday, Apr 04, 2019

Living Legacy: Amy Meyer Barrentine Remembers Her Father

Amy Meyer Barrentine remembers her father's legacy....

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Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019

Is High-fructose Corn Syrup Really any Worse Than any Other Simple Sugar?

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) really more dangerous than other types of sugar? Does it cause obesity? Read on to learn the truth about added sugars in our diet....

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