The Cooper Institute

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


The Cooper Institute and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Expand Healthy Zone School Recognition Program

 Since launching the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program in 2011, The Cooper Institute and partners at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas have been able to impact the lives of more than 72,000 students at 117 North Texas schools. To celebrate, Healthy Zone School advocates, Troy Aikman and Charlotte Jones Anderson, joined students and teachers at AT&T Stadium for an opening orientation and fun football circuit tournament.
“We cannot think of a better way to kick off the 2015 school year,” said Laura DeFina, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Institute. “With nearly 100 elementary and middle-school students from Healthy Zone Schools across North Texas attending, I’d say this event was a success.”
Today, nearly one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity contributes to a host of health problems, such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, as well as intrapersonal health problems like low self-esteem, negative body image, and depression. Thankfully, the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program is helping to turn this around.
After just three years, The Cooper Institute’s research shows that 70% of students enrolled improved their overall body composition (BMI) to reach the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) and 71% reached the Healthy Fitness Zone for aerobic capacity. The results are encouraging!
The Healthy Zone School Recognition Program supplies schools in need with approximately $7,000 in funding for physical education equipment, health promotions, and parent education tools to implement healthy practices on their campuses. Additionally, schools engaging in on-campus health and wellness activities are acknowledged for their trendsetting work.
Recognition for healthy behaviors can be a powerful motivator. To learn more and apply to get involved,
click here.
About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas brings people together to improve lives and create lasting change here in North Texas by focusing on education, income, and health -- the building blocks for strong families and thriving communities. We galvanize and connect all sectors of society – individuals, businesses, non-profits, and government – to create long-term change through investing in solutions that produce healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families. We raise, invest and leverage over $50M annually in community-focused solutions serving Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. We do more than help one person beat the odds – we are changing the odds for entire communities. Together, we UNITE FOREVER. To learn more, please visit
About The Cooper Institute
The Cooper Institute is dedicated to promoting life-long health and wellness worldwide through research and education. Founded by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, The Cooper Institute translates the latest scientific findings into proactive solutions that improve population health. Key areas of focus are research, adult education, and youth programs. Through these initiatives, The Cooper Institute helps people lead better, longer lives now and Well. Into the Future.  For more information,
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*Photo above (left to right):
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys;  Laura DeFina, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Institute; Troy Aikman, NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback and Champion of Healthy Zone School Recognition Program;  Jennifer Sampson, Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.