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Statement from Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH, Regarding American Heart Association’s Recommendations for Fit

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DALLAS – (Dec. 5, 2016) – Cooper Aerobics
Cooper Aerobics President and CEO Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH, comments on the recent announcement from American Heart Association regarding the inclusion of aerobic fitness testing in annual physical exams:
We are very excited to see that the American Heart Association has announced aerobic fitness testing should be included in annual medical exams. We have been testing, validating and advocating this thesis for nearly 50 years. Aerobic fitness as a vital sign for both personal and public health in general is at the core of Cooper’s mission and of preventive medicine. The significant amount of research we’ve produced demonstrates the associated quality and quantity of life benefits.
In 2017 we are bringing a consumer-friendly application to the marketplace that measures fitness accurately and efficiently. CooperFit smart phone app is validated by our 50 years of science and research at the world-renowned Cooper Clinic and its scientific arm, The Cooper Institute®. Specifically, average annual health care costs are significantly lower (40%) for participants ages 65 years or older with high midlife fitness than with low midlife fitness in both men and women based on more than 126,388 person-years of follow-up.
We are pleased to work with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas on this innovative project. Our research has proven the benefits of fitness reducing risk of various cancers, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Bringing fitness to the forefront is sure to have a positive impact on the health care crisis in our country today.
Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH
President and CEO of Cooper Aerobics

Cooper Aerobics in Dallas serves as the headquarters for seven health and wellness companies and a research and education nonprofit, The Cooper Institute®, founded in 1970 by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH.  Cooper Aerobics is the health and wellness resource that bases its recommendations on its world-leading body of data and expertise. Through the array of services Cooper offers, millions have been inspired to make good health a habit, helping improve their quality and quantity of life. Cooper Aerobics challenges people to Get Cooperized™ by adopting a healthy living mindset and following eight health guidelines developed by Dr. Cooper. For more information, call 866.906.2667 (COOP) or visit Get the latest updates on the Cooper Aerobics Facebook page.