The Cooper Institute

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


The Cooper Institute Supports Law Enforcement Officers


Given its longstanding work with law enforcement officers nationwide, The Cooper Institute stopped to pause and recognize National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) on January 9, 2015.  To show support for the brave men and women who risk their lives every day in defense of national safety, Cooper teammates participated in Project Blue Light and illuminated all buildings across campus with blue lights.

Laura DeFina, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Institute, has strong personal ties to the United State police force. “Senseless deaths of two NYPD officers earlier this year hit close to home, as my brother-in-law is stationed at an adjacent precinct,” said Dr. DeFina. “This, coupled with The Institute’s history providing fitness training to our nation’s uniformed personnel prompts me to declare ‘National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’ an annual observance at The Cooper Institute.”

Since 1975, The Cooper Institute has trained law enforcement to be “fit to protect.” Despite being in a job where fitness is critical in high-stress situations, many officers are out of shape. Compared with other occupations they have the highest obesity rate at 40.7 percent, according to American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The Cooper Institute continues to train this population, offering the skills and education needed to become personal trainers and take fitness programs back to their departments. 

Please join us next year for this national observance and annual tradition at The Cooper Institute.