The Cooper Institute

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

About NFL Play 60 FitnessGram
NFL Play 60 FitnessGram


The NFL Foundation, in partnership with The Cooper Institute, has provided FitnessGram to 35 schools and after-school organizations in each of the 32 NFL markets. The health-related physical fitness data, along with various surveys, will be used to examine the influence of school level factors on physical fitness and to evaluate the overall impact of the coordinated NFL PLAY 60 programs utilized by these schools.

This partnership makes it possible to track health-related fitness data and analyze factors that influence successful adoption of PLAY 60 programs and their potential impact on youth fitness outcomes through the established FitnessGram program. The project is the largest and most ambitious school-based research initiative to date with over 1000 sites actively enrolled. Insights from the project will inform best practices for thousands of other FitnessGram schools across the country.

If you are interested in having your school and/or community organization participate in the NFL Play 60 FitnessGram project please email


Project Benefits

  • Free FitnessGram web-based software and web-hosting.
  • Teachers can access data from anywhere that has an Internet connection.
  • Support, training, and resources from The Cooper Institute.
  • Access to a variety of individual and aggregate reports to assist with the fitness education process.

Basic Grant Requirements

  • Submit a site agreement.
  • Assess fitness levels of students two times a school year (fall and spring) and enter student scores into the web-based software.
    Must be able to share de-identified data and collect height and weight on a minimum of 25 students.
  • Complete project related surveys.
    One-time baseline and annual end of year survey.
    Administer the Youth Activity Profile, which allows students to assess their activity levels.
  • Share FitnessGram student report card with all students tested.