Cooper Aerobics History - Improving Quality and Quantity of Life
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Cooper Aerobics History

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Cooper Aerobics History starts in 1964, when preventive medicine pioneer Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, developed the 12-minute and 1.5-mile fitness tests and the Aerobics Point System while in the U.S. Air Force working with NASA.

Follow Dr. Cooper over more than four decades in this Cooper Aerobics history. Started in 1970, the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS) – managed by The Cooper Institute – now houses 1.8 million person-years of data collected by recording treadmill stress test results of more than 110,000 Cooper Clinic patients.

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Cooper Aerobics History: 1960’s

1968:  The best-seller book Aerobics is published.

Cooper Aerobics History: 1970’s

1970: The Cooper Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to researching the benefits of aerobic exercise, is established in June. In December, Cooper Clinic opens.


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Cooper Aerobics History: 1980’s

1982: To improve school physical education programs, FitnessGram, a student fitness report card, begins.

1986: Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s definition of “aerobics” is added to The Oxford English Dictionary.

1989: The Journal of the American Medical Association publishes The Cooper Institute’s research proving being fit, as measured by the treadmill stress test, decreases the risk for all-cause mortality by 58 percent.

Cooper Aerobics History: 1990’s

1995: Son Dr. Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH, joins the Cooper Aerobics staff and spearheads corporate wellness consulting.

1998: The physician-formulated Cooper Complete nutritional supplement line launches.

Cooper Aerobics History: 2000’s

2002: Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper works with PepsiCo to eliminate trans fats from Frito-Lay snacks.

Cooper Aerobics History: 2010’s

2012: Dr. Tyler Cooper is named board president of the Dallas Division of the American Heart Association.

2012: Research from The Cooper Institute and UT Southwestern Medical Center finds middle-aged fit adults have fewer chronic diseases and health complications as seniors.

2013: The Cooper Institute publishes an important paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine reporting fit individuals are 36 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease in later life as compared to unfit individuals.

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