The Cooper Institute

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


NOW ONLINE - Providing Dietary Guidance Course

Contact: Norma Hansen, 972-341-3200

The Cooper Institute Announces
Providing Dietary Guidance Course Available Online

New Online Course for Heath and Fitness Professionals Launches Today

DALLAS (May 1, 2009) – The Cooper Institute announced today online availability of the Providing Dietary Guidance (PDG) course. This 90-day, self-paced course helps health and fitness professionals address their client’s nutrition needs. Powered by the eCollege® platform, participants earn a Cooper Institute Certificate of Achievement upon passing the end-of-course test.

“Since health and fitness professionals are often asked about nutrition by their clients, this online course covers both the science of nutrition and the practical application to everyday life,” said Laura Fast, M.B.A., course director.

Students work through lessons, short before/after quizzes, and interactive games to facilitate the learning process – anytime and anywhere they have access to the internet. Students also learn about many public health tools that allow them to assess general dietary practices. After successfully completing the course, students are able to give dietary guidance that is ethical and accurate based on public policies and 40 years of research at The Cooper Institute.

The Institute’s first live, research-based PDG course developed by their expert instructors was held in July 2000 in Germany and, until recently, offered the course at its Dallas location. The home study version (DVD) was added in 2007. Now available online, The Institute provides its quality course utilizing the eCollege setting.

“We are excited about the opportunity to reach students that otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend our live courses due to location. It’s just the beginning of expanding our course offerings online,” said Fast.

In addition to earning The Cooper Institute Certificate of Achievement, as a preapproved Continuing Education Credit (CEC) member of several organizations, students may also earn credits towards maintaining their current certifications.

About The Cooper Institute
The Cooper Institute (CI), established in 1970, by Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to preventive medicine research and education. Dr. Cooper is widely considered the “Father of Aerobics” and is credited with sparking today’s fitness movement. Now CI is redefining health as a leader in reversing childhood obesity. CI’s FITNESSGRAM® is the fitness assessment of choice in schools across Texas and the U.S.
Each year thousands worldwide take courses from The Institute to become health and fitness leaders.  CI’s Personal Trainer Certification (CI-CPT) exam is nationally accredited by NCCA.

The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS), made up of almost 100,000 patients’ records, is one of the most highly-referenced databases in the world. You can help the world continue to learn about the best practices in preventive medicine by participating in CI’s research studies. Visit our web site to learn more about all our efforts or to support our life changing work with a donation, Learn all about calorie balance at