The Cooper Institute

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


Tom Brokaw hosts The Cooper Institute 40th Anniversary Luncheon on April 29

Celebrating Generations of Wellness and Honoring Dr. Cooper
Well. Into The Future


Erica Snyder

DALLAS (April 7, 2010) – The Cooper Institute, a 501(c)(3) globally dedicated to preventive medicine research and education, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with the Celebrating Generations of Wellness luncheon with speaker Tom Brokaw on Thursday, April 29 at noon at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

The event will honor the Institute’s founder, Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., the “Father of Aerobics,” who as an Air Force physician became interested in the role of exercise in preserving health.  In 1968, his first best seller, Aerobics, sparked a fitness revolution that inspired millions of men and women to become active.

Dr. Cooper’s vision of the need for research on fitness and activity and his foresight in 1970 to save the collected data from each Cooper Clinic patient, resulted in the creation of the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS). 

"Long before 'wellness' became part of the health care debate Ken Cooper was promoting fitness and personal responsibility, a message that has an enduring urgency for all ages," said NBC News' Tom Brokaw.

The billion dollar database contains more than 250,000 records from more than 100,000 people representing more than 1,800,000 person-years of observation.  The CCLS is one of the most highly-referenced sources containing the most personal fitness information in the world.  And it’s all right here in Dallas at The Cooper Institute.

Research from The Cooper Institute has validated these important facts:

“From current genetic research to working with 85,000 students with FITNESSGRAM®, to training more than 5,000 health and fitness leaders annually, The Cooper Institute is leading the next generation Well. Into the Future.” said Ray Hunt, luncheon co-chair and board member.

“This luncheon has the power to serve as a catalyst for personal change for every one who attends,” said Carol Seay, development advisory board member and luncheon co-chair. “Come learn about and celebrate the extraordinary influence you can make in the lives of those you love by partnering with The Cooper Institute.”

Individual tickets to the Celebrating Generations of Wellness luncheon start at $175. For more information visit or call Mary Westfall at 214-969-0090.

About Tom Brokaw
Mr. Brokaw, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, is a special correspondent for NBC News. He was hired by NBC News in 1966 and from 1976-1981 he anchored NBC News' Today show.  Soon after, he began his 21 years of service as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News.

In 1998, Mr. Brokaw became a best selling author with the publication of The Greatest Generation. Inspired by the mountain of mail he received from his first book, he wrote The Greatest Generation Speaks in 1999 and has added three additional best-sellers in the last few years.