It all started here.
Preventive medicine as a science.
The popularization of jogging.
The 12-minute fitness test.
Even the very notion that people over 40 should exercise.
What seems commonplace today was groundbreaking back in 1968 when Dr. Kenneth Cooper transformed the field of medicine with his emphasis on disease prevention; and ignited the modern fitness revolution with his international best-selling book Aerobics.
In 1970, to further his scientific research on fitness and reinforce its scientific legitimacy, Dr. Cooper moved to Dallas where he founded The Cooper Institute, the first in a family of eight health and wellness entities now known as Cooper Aerobics Center.
Today, 46 years after its inception, Cooper Aerobics is home to the world’s largest repository of fitness data as it relates to health and is recognized the world over as an authority in wellness, research and education—helping millions lead longer, healthier, happier lives.
As you might expect, Dr. Cooper (at age 85) is still active and is still breaking new ground in the field of preventive medicine alongside his son and CEO Dr. Tyler Cooper. Together they are working to transform individuals and companies around the globe through the power of healthy change—challenging them to Get Cooperized!™
The concept of exercising for good health was virtually nonexistent before 1968. One man changed that. Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, knew the benefits of exercise were life-changing and life-saving. And even then he knew that he needed to separate himself from "faddism" and base all of his work on scientific legitimacy. As a result, Dr. Cooper coined the term "aerobics," inventing the revolutionary fitness concept and introducing it to the world through his 1968 bestseller, Aerobics.
Today, Dr. Cooper and his son and CEO Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH, have expanded their healthy-living mission at the Cooper Aerobics headquarters in Dallas to eight health and wellness entities that provide a variety of products and services for individuals and corporations.
Nonprofit research and education institute
Preventive medicine clinic
Fitness Center: Dallas and McKinney locations
Day Spa: Dallas and McKinney locations
Hotel and conference center
Behavior modification program
Vitamin and supplement line
Corporate wellness consulting and leadership training
Through the array of services offered, Cooper Aerobics is challenging America to Get Cooperized™ by adopting a healthy living mindset to live better both sooner and later.