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Archie Manning Speaks at Cooper Institute's Healthy Kids Luncheon

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Father of Peyton, Eli, and Cooper Manning To Discuss Strategies for Active Families

Archie Manning, former National Football League quarterback and Ole Miss MVP, will deliver a keynote address at The Cooper Institute’s annual luncheon “Teaming Up for Healthy Kids,” on Tuesday, March 22, at noon, at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas.
Fitness is a cornerstone of the Manning family’s approach to parenting. A legendary football player in his own right, Archie defied the odds and raised three sons each considered star football players. They are the only family in America to claim three NFL MVPs. Now a grandfather to three, Archie and wife Olivia focus on raising the third generation of healthy Mannings.
“It’s not easy to keep kids active these days with hectic schedules, video games, and an abundance of junk foods,” Archie shared. “Our family works hard to stay fit, from the youngest grandkid to their grandparents; we all strive to make health a priority.”
Archie’s eldest son Cooper played for Ole Miss until he suffered a spinal cord injury. Middle son Peyton, Indiana Colts’ quarterback, holds the record for the most NFL MVP awards and led the Colts to win the Super Bowl in 2006. The Manning’s youngest son Eli, also a quarterback, plays for the New York Giants. Eli led his team to a 2008 Super Bowl victory.
At the luncheon, The Cooper Institute Chairman of the Board of Trustees Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., will present the latest data on the rise of childhood obesity in Texas and across the nation.
“Our nation is at a crossroads in which we can prevent and correct the escalating rate of obesity among our children,” shared Dr. Cooper. “Every generation has wanted better for the next, here’s our chance to make it better for them.”
The luncheon is co-chaired by Stephanie Oakes Graham and Edie Lycke. Tickets start at $150 for individuals. To purchase tickets e-mail Caroline Fair at
For more than 40 years, The Cooper Institute has taken a multifaceted, community- and school-based approach to the fitness and health of youth.
FITNESSGRAM®, a health-related assessment of children’s fitness levels, is implemented in 86,000 schools nationally and rapidly expanding internationally. In 2009, The Cooper Institute partnered with NFL Charities PLAY 60 to evaluate the fitness of students at 1,000 schools nationwide. The most recent FITNESSGRAM evaluations revealed that 35 percent of Texas schoolchildren were overweight or obese.
A companion to FITNESSGRAM, NUTRIGRAM®, is a nutrition knowledge and behavior assessment which launches in select Texas schools this year with funding provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Healthy Zone Schools®
The Cooper Institute joined forces with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to recognize and reward schools that are using best health practices and to work with those schools motivated to change their environment. The first North Texas Healthy Zone School will be revealed on Tuesday, March 29.

About The Cooper Institute
Established in 1970 by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, The Cooper Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated worldwide 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 The Cooper Institute is redefining health as a leader in reversing childhood obesity. To learn more visit