Kenneth H. Cooper
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Kenneth H. Cooper (born March 4, 1931, in Oklahoma City) is a doctor of medicine and former Air Force Colonel from Oklahoma, who introduced the concept of aerobics. He is the author of the 1968 book Aerobics, which emphasized a point system for improving the cardiovascular system. The popular mass market version was The New Aerobics (ISBN 0-553-26874-0), published a few years later. His points system is also the basis of the 10,000 steps per day method of maintaining adequate fitness by walking.
In his Air Force career, Cooper had devised a simple test (the Cooper test, originally the distance run in 12 minutes) which correlated well with VO2max, and so could conveniently be used to quickly establish the fitness level of large numbers of people.
Cooper is the founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas and McKinney, Texas. He is also the founder of the non-profit research and education organization, The Cooper Institute, which was opened in 1970. Today, Cooper is Founder and Chairman at the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, which comprises eight health and wellness entities.
Cooper developed the Smart Snack Ribbon guidelines put into use by the convenient fun foods division of PepsiCo, Inc., Frito-Lay.
List of books by Kenneth H. Cooper:
- Start Strong, Finish Strong (2007)
- Matters of the Heart: Adventures in Sports Medicine (2007)
- Controlling Cholesterol the Natural Way Eat Your Way to Better Health With New Breakthrough Food
- Discoveries (1999)
- Regaining the Power of Youth at Any Age (1998)
- Advanced Nutritional Therapies (1998)
- Can Stress Heal? Converting A Major Health Hazard Into A Surprising Health Benefit (1998)
- Antioxidant Revolution (1997)
- Faith-based Fitness The Medical Program That Uses Spiritual Motivation To Achieve Maximum Health And *Add Years To Your Life (1997)
- Its Better To Believe (1995)
- Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper's Antioxidant Revolution (1994)
- Kid Fitness : a Complete Shape-up Program From Birth Through High School (1991)
- Overcoming Hypertension : Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper's Preventive Medicine Program (1990)
- Reducing Cholesterol: A Heart-Smart Guide to Low-Fat Eating (No Nonsense Health Guide) (1989)
- Controlling Cholesterol: Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper's Preventative Medicine Program (1989)
- Preventing Osteoporosis : Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper's Preventive Medicine Program (1989)
- The New Aerobics for Women (1988)
- Running Without Fear (1986)
- Aerobics Program (1985)
- The Aerobics Program for Total Well-being : Exercise, Diet, Emotional Balance (1982, 1983)
- Aerobics for Women (1982)
- The Aerobics Way: New Data on the World's Most Popular Exercise Program (1978)
- Aerobics (1968)
- Fitness for Life, 6 Audio Cassettes (1983)
- The New Aerobics (1979)
- Run for Your Life: Aerobic Conditioning for Your Heart (1974)
- Aerobics (1968),
- "Kenneth Cooper, MD, MPH". Cooper Aerobics Center. "Born March 4, 1931, in Oklahoma City"
- Duncan, Joyce (2004). Sport in American culture: from Ali to X-games. ABC-CLIO. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-57607-024-6.
- Cooper, Kenneth H. (January 1969) . Aerobics. 14490 (revised ed.). Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-14490-1. Lay summary (2007-12-28).
- "Snacking Now Made Easier with Frito-Lay's New Smart Snack Ribbon Label".