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  • The Cooper Institute is a non-profit research and education center dedicated to advancing the understanding of the relationship between living habits and health, and to providing leadership in implementing these concepts to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of individuals.

    The Cooper Institute conducts research in epidemiology, exercise physiology, behavior change, hypertension, children's health issues, obesity, nutrition, aging and other health issues. Papers from The Cooper Institute are among the most frequently cited references in the scientific literature on topics related to physical fitness, physical activity, and health. Research conducted at the Institute has influenced major national public policy initiatives from the American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Cooper Institute has more than 600 articles and manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and lay publications, with approximately 50 publications per year in each of the last five years.

    Training and Certification programs for over 6,000 fitness leaders and health professionals are conducted annually. Programs are offered on our Dallas campus, at other sites throughout the United States, and on a contract basis for organizations desiring specialized courses to meet unique needs.

    With more than 20 years of experience in designing, delivering and evaluating worksite health promotion programs, The Cooper Institute helps corporations, school systems, and public safety organizations improve their employee's health and reduce absenteeism and health care costs.

    FITNESSGRAM was developed by The Cooper Institute in 1982. A computerized, health-related fitness assessment for children and youth, FITNESSGRAM has become the fitness assessment of choice in more than 6,000 schools/school districts with millions of students being tested annually.