The Cooper Institute
 

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

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Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

Prediabetes: A Common Risk Factor That You May Not Have Heard About

Just about everyone knows that factors such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Did you know that there’s another risk factor present in about 85 million Americans that most people have never heard of? It’s called prediabetes; and it’s nearly always preventable or treatable. Read on to learn more!...

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Friday, Nov 10, 2017

Is Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level in Midlife Associated with Later-Life Dementia? The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study

As the median age and average life expectancy of U.S. adults continue to increase, the issue of dementia has come to the forefront as a public health issue. Annual health care costs for the ~5.4 million Americans with dementia are increasing sharply. Unlike cardiovascular disease and cancer, each of which has guidelines for lifestyle changes geared toward prevention, there is not sufficient evidence at this time to promote lifestyle changes for prevention of dementia. Among the reasons is a lack of large, long-term studies that focus on lifestyle-influenced risk factors for dementia. One promising area for the prevention of dementia...

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Wednesday, Nov 08, 2017

You Know Your ABC’s; Do You Know Your A1C?

Did you know that the estimated prevalence of type 2 diabetes is 10-20 times that of type 1? Or that upwards of 90 million Americans have prediabetes? Type 2 and prediabetes are largely preventable, but sometimes we simply don’t know what we don’t know. One important test you may not be familiar with is Hemoglobin A1C. Read on to learn more about this important test and why you might want to ask for it the next time you visit your doctor....

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Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

Plank Variations

Tired of holding that plank for minutes on end? Try these plank variation to make your next workout more challenging and fun....

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Monday, Oct 30, 2017

Eat Yogurt to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Rates of type 2 diabetes (T2D) have been skyrocketing worldwide over the past 3 decades, including sharp increases among youth. In fact, it is estimated that T2D rates among children increased 4.8 percent annually from 2000 to 2009. Along with avoiding obesity, which is associated with T2D and inactivity, consuming a healthy diet also appears to be an important component for T2D prevention. Read on as we discuss some important findings from the Harvard School of Public Health showing that regular intake of yogurt is strongly associated with a decreased risk of developing T2D....

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Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017

One Creative Exercise for the Whole Body

This exercise focuses on musculoskeletal fitness, specifically muscular endurance. Defined, muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle or a group of muscles to contract repeatedly for a prolonged period of time. Body weight and low-resistance exercises can be adequately utilized for the purpose of improving muscular endurance. The exercise shown within this fit tip targets the whole body by combining various exercises into one....

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Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause Symptoms Worth the Risk?

Rightfully so, there’s literally an awareness month for each and every cause. October happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month and World Menopause Month. Our understanding of menopause today is far greater than our mothers’ generation and their mothers before them. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is still one of the most debilitating aspects of menopause: the severe symptoms that interfere with quality of life. Advancements in science can provide substantial relief, but the ‘risks versus benefits’ concern remains high among women. New findings from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the largest study of its kind, sheds new light on treating menopausal symptoms and what may, or may not, be right for you or a woman in your life you care about....

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Monday, Oct 02, 2017

Dietary Fish Intake and Risk of Mercury/PCB Exposure

We hear the statement ‘fish is good for you’ quite often. At the same time, concerns are sometimes raised regarding the mercury and other contaminants that are present in some fish. In this blog, we discuss the current dietary guidelines, as well as the pros and cons of consuming various types of fish. As you will see, for most people most of the time, the benefits outweigh the risks. However, certain members of the population do need to be cautious about consuming certain types of fish. Read on for more info!...

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Friday, Sep 29, 2017

Creative Cardio Circuit Strategies for Youth – Part 2

In June, we introduced you to the first part of our “creative cardio circuit strategies” designed to improve FitnessGram® scores. Part two focuses on 3 new exercises that can be modified or amplified for any grade level. As always, the instructor/teacher is only limited by his/her creativity. Try these fun cardio strategies as part of you next circuit training program. Remember, a circuit training session should alternate one minute of cardio exercise with one minute of strength exercise. The strength training portion of a circuit routine should target all major muscle groups....

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Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

How Fitness Testing Can Make a Positive Impact on Any Quality PE Program

Too often, physical education teachers are faced with dwindling resources, limited time and a lack of support. One of the most powerful tools PE teachers have at their disposal today is FitnessGram data. Understanding how to use this data to garner support and yes, even funding, for your PE programming can make a substantial difference in how you teach physical education and most importantly, the impact you have on your students and their development of lifelong healthy habits. Read on to learn more about maximizing success with fitness assessment data from Fort Worth ISD’s Director of Health and PE, and FitnessGram Scientific Advisory Board member, Georgi Roberts....

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Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

How Fitness Testing Can Make a Positive Impact on Any Quality PE Program

Too often, physical education teachers are faced with dwindling resources, limited time and a lack of support. One of the most powerful tools PE teachers have at their disposal today is FitnessGram data. Understanding how to use this data to garner support and yes, even funding, for your PE programming can make a substantial difference in how you teach physical education and most importantly, the impact you have on your students and their development of lifelong healthy habits. Read on to learn more about maximizing success with fitness assessment data from Fort Worth ISD’s Director of Health and PE, and FitnessGram Scientific Advisory Board member, Georgi Roberts....

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Friday, Sep 22, 2017

Vitamin D Levels in the U.S. Population are Getting a Little Better!

It is well-known that vitamin D deficiency is widespread in the U.S., and that deficiencies are tied to numerous health problems. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has been tracking vitamin D levels in the population over the past few decades. The most recent findings and recommendations are summarized in our current blog....

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