The Cooper Institute

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


NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM® Champions Immerse in Student Health

Two-day affair boosts physical educators’ excitement around the “Learning Connection”

DALLAS, Texas, July 29, 2014 -- Twenty-five NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM Project Champions from around the nation came to Dallas for a two-day affair that included FITNESSGRAM10 Immersion Training at The Cooper Institute, followed by GENYOUth’s “2014 Nutrition + Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit and EXPO” at AT&T Stadium. Champions shared success stories, learned best practices in youth fitness, and helped keep the momentum in public schools to reduce obesity and improve the health and fitness of children nationwide.

Training included overviews of FITNESSGRAM, the nation’s student fitness assessment adopted by the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Champions learned motivational tools to encourage student goal-setting and ways to better communicate the importance of fitness and daily activity with students, parents, and school faculty.
The FITNESSGRAM10 Immersion ended with a personal address by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Cooper Institute, where he welcomed and applauded Champions for being ambassadors of FITNESSGRAM10 and helping to improve student health and fitness at the grassroots level.
The GENYOUth “Nutrition + Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit and EXPO” proved to be equally as rewarding, giving Champions the opportunity to learn from national thought leaders and program directors in child health, fitness, nutrition and wellness. Notably present were Dr. David Satcher, the 16th US Surgeon General, NFL legends like Troy Aikman, and Dr. Stephanie Whyte, Chief Health Officer of Chicago Public Schools, to name a few.

“This was an amazing opportunity! It is inspiring to be included with the ‘movers and shakers’ in our profession and have the opportunity to discuss and voice our thoughts and ideas,” said Joanna Faerber, Champion from the New Orleans Saints who has twenty-nine years of experience teaching Physical Education.

Champions left with newfound enthusiasm for student fitness, support from a strong network of like-minded physical educators, and cutting-edge information to implement at their individual schools. The hope is for Champions to create a ripple effect around the nation and help promote student and school health to curb the growing childhood obesity trend.

About The Cooper Institute® and FITNESSGRAM
Established in 1970 by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, The Cooper Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated worldwide to preventive medicine research and education, housing one of the world’s largest databases on exercise and health. Each year The Cooper Institute develops engaged learners in fitness and health with its courses and nationally accredited Personal Trainer Certification exam. The Cooper Institute offers web-based tools for schools to track and report on youth fitness, activity and nutrition: FITNESSGRAM®, ACTIVITYGRAM® and NUTRIGRAM®. For more information, visit
The Cooper Institute’s flagship youth program, FITNESSGRAM, assesses health-related fitness, provides individual prescriptive reports to students and parents, and provides a wide set of metrics on the individual status of children’s health. The FITNESSGRAM software includes: Activity Log, a student-centered link that allows children to log their daily activity and pedometer steps; ACTIVITYGRAM, a three-day activity recall questionnaire; and AG LITE, a student mobile app that measures activity patterns and includes six leveled cognitive tests.

About NFL Play 60
In an effort to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL and its clubs with an impressive roster of partner organizations committed to health and wellness throughout the country – including The Cooper Institute, the American Heart Association and the National Dairy Council. PLAY 60 is implemented locally through the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based initiatives. Since PLAY 60 was launched in 2007, the NFL has dedicated more than $300 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants and media time for public service announcements.
About GENYOUth Foundation
Founded through an unprecedented public/private partnership with National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL) committed to child health and wellness, GENYOUth brings leaders in health, education, government and business together in a movement to help America’s youth achieve a healthier future. The Foundation officially launched on February 4, 2011 at Super Bowl XLV with the signing of a historic six-way Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education and Health & Human Services. GENYOUth empowers students to improve nutrition and physical activity by taking small steps to accelerate a lifetime of healthy changes. When youth are given a voice, change can happen. For more information, visit