The Cooper Institute

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


Healthy Zone School Recognition Program Grows to 90 Schools in DFW


After four short years, the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program®, a healthy school initiative with partners United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, has expanded to 90 elementary and middle schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The milestone was recognized at the United Forever Gala at AT&T Stadium, which also celebrated United Way’s 90th anniversary.

Performing artists Blake Shelton and Usher teamed up to headline the concert, which was thoughtfully closed by bringing all partners on stage to sing The Beatles’ classic, “With A Little Help From My Friends.” Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, Founder of The Cooper Institute and “Father of Aerobics,” stood center stage and sang along with concert-goers. At 84 years old, he is a true testament that people can age healthily and have fun doing it.

Through the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program, The Cooper Institute is able to provide schools with FitnessGram®, the national youth health-related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute and adopted by the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. In addition, schools receive support and funding for physical education and nutrition programming, equipment, health promotion activities, and events.

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