The Cooper Institute

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


Development Advisory Board Establishes 2008 Goals

2007 has seen the passage of SB530, Senator Jane Nelson's bill which mandates structured physical activity in school and a minimum once per year testing of the fitness levels of all public school students in the state of Texas. The Texas Education Agency has selected The Institute's FITNESSGRAM as the fitness assessment tool to be used for this "unfunded mandate," and Dr. Cooper has taken it upon himself to raise sufficient funds to cover the cost of the software program per school site and the accompanying training and follow-up required.

This year has also brought about the formation The Cooper Institute Development Advisory Board whose mission is to "Strengthen the Institute's presence among its members" respective spheres of influence and expand the presence of The Cooper Institute within communities." Chaired by Jeanne Phillips and Caren Kline, the board quickly set about selecting the appropriate 'vehicle' they could use to pursue their mission.


The Development Advisory Board has set as its goal an inaugural fundraising event with a luncheon, "A Life Rx for Health," on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at the Hilton Anatole's Stemmons Ballroom. The objective is to dovetail on the state's mandated fitness assessment project for all of Texas' public school children, and use the proceeds from the luncheon to provide the assessment tool, FITNESSGRAM, to private, underserved schools, reaching into communities where childhood overweight and obesity issues are so severe. Training, general support and strengthening of this community and school partnership will be conducted by staff from both The Institute's Oak Cliff Center on Westmoreland and the Preston Road site.

The proceeds will also complement Dr. Cooper's state-wide efforts by funding, as much as possible, the Dallas Independent School District with FITNESSGRAM. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the Olympic gold medalist and children's advocate, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. The luncheon event is being chaired by Carol Seay and Pam Denesuk, with Mary Blake Meadows as underwriting chair.


We are looking forward to this much needed community partnership initiative and it is hoped corporations, individuals and community leaders will support this inaugural event benefiting Dallas' kids. If you have any questions or want additional information, please contact the Development Office at (972) 341-3200.

Carol Seay
Luncheon Co-Chair
Pam Denesuk
Luncheon Co-Chair
Mary Blake Meadows
Luncheon Underwriting Chair