The Cooper Institute

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


A New Year, New Opportunities for Advocacy

As a new Congress, legislatures and city councils across the country prepares to gavel in for the very first time this year, The Cooper Institute is looking forward to advancing policies that will improve the health and wellness of all citizens. The Cooper Institute has been meeting with lawmakers and staff over the past few months and sharing our research demonstrating not only the importance, but the benefits of a physically active population.  Additionally, our team has been involved with public health advocates throughout the country developing science-based public policies and legislative agendas that will be shared with federal, state and local decision makers. 

For nearly 50 years, The Cooper Institute has established the benefits of regular physical activity and the links between fitness and the prevention of many chronic diseases.  Now more than ever we must ensure our students are receiving quality physical education and achieving the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity reach day for good physical and mental health. The Cooper Institute will be advocating for efforts to strengthen physical education standards and increase the quantity of other physical activity opportunities during the school day such as:

Additional policies that we will be advancing include increasing funding and education of chronic condition treatment, prevention and awareness thereby decreasing the overall burden placed on taxpayers, tobacco prevention policies such as increased cigarette and e-cigarette taxes, expanded telemedicine proposals and policies that eliminate food insecurity exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue advancing the mission of promoting life-long health and wellness, we look forward to working with not only our legislative leaders but volunteers such as yourself to positively impact the well-being of children and adults through public health policies. 

We look forward to sharing our progress and invite you to visit our blog for updates on our legislative efforts and opportunities for engagement. 

Thank you to our patners and coalitions advacning health and wellness policies across the country: