Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper: The Father of Aerobics

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Dr. Kenneth Cooper, preventive medicine pioneer and father of aerobics, introduced the concept of exercising in pursuit of good health when he launched the world-wide phenomenon Aerobics in 1968 in his first of 19 books on health and fitness. His latest book, Start Strong, Finish Strong, is a collaboration with his son, Tyler Cooper, M.D.

A former Air Force flight surgeon, Dr. Cooper invented the 12-minute and 1.5 mile fitness tests and Aerobics Point System. For more than 40 years, Dr. Cooper's scientific research and expertise has shown that it's easier to maintain good health than to regain it once it's lost.

Dr. Cooper is founder and chairman of the renowned Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, the home of nine health and wellness companies, including the Cooper Clinic, and research nonprofit The Cooper Institute. His current focus is working to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic through school-based physical fitness programs and assessments.