The Cooper Institute

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


The Cooper Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In an endeavor that began with the collection of data on notecards in a shoebox nearly five decades ago, The Cooper Institute has grown into a leading global authority on healthy living.

We provide the science behind the philosophy
that exercise is medicine. 


Our work would not continue without generous donor contributions. The Institute offers a variety of giving opportunities and events. Join us in ensuring that more people have the opportunity to experience good health now, and Well. Into the Future.

Our donors have the opportunity to be part of something truly special and life changing.

Home to the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, the largest and longest running observational study with measured cardiorespiratory fitness
cardiores in the world, The Cooper Institute provides an opportunity for donors to leave a legacy that will be realized for generations to come.

The Fred Meyer Planned Giving Society

Fred Meyer served as Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Institute from 2007 to 2012. In Fred’s honor, The Fred Meyer Planned Giving Society was launched in an effort to ensure Fred’s legacy and his love for The Institute is everlasting.

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The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS)

The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS) is a Dallas-based research treasure that allows researchers to evaluate the effect of fitness on quality and quantity of life. Help support this important study and ensure its long-term sustainability.

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General Giving

There’s no better way to safeguard the future than investing in the health of today. Support The Cooper Institute by ensuring our critically important mission lives on into perpetuity.

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Shop for The Cooper Institute

Many retailers allow shoppers to support nonprofits by donating a percentage of each purchase. Now you can support The Cooper Institute year-round while buying groceries, gifts or household goods.

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The Cooper Institute hosts a variety
of events throughout the year.

Whether you’re interested learning about the latest trends in healthy aging, high-level networking, or honoring local community servant leaders, we have something for everyone. Join us for one of our upcoming events!