Kenneth H. Cooper

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Kenneth H. Cooper (born March 4, 1931, in Oklahoma City[1]) is a doctor of medicine and former Air Force Colonel from Oklahoma, who introduced the concept of aerobics.[2][3] He is the author of the 1968 book Aerobics,[4][5] 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.[6]

Cooper developed the Smart Snack Ribbon guidelines put into use by the convenient fun foods division of PepsiCo, Inc., Frito-Lay.[7]

A native of Oklahoma City, Cooper completed a 13-year military career in 1970, when he and his wife, Millie, moved to Dallas to open the Cooper Aerobics Center. Cooper has published 18 books that have sold 30 million copies and been translated into 41 languages. He and his wife are parents of a son and daughter. Cooper has written about the importance of Christian religious faith in his life.[8][9]


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),

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  1. ^ "Kenneth Cooper, MD, MPH". Cooper Aerobics Center. Born March 4, 1931, in Oklahoma City 
  2. ^ David Levinson, Karen Christensen MacKey (1999). Encyclopedia of World Sport: From Ancient Times to the Present. Oxford University Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-195-13195-6. 
  3. ^ Duncan, Joyce (2004). Sport in American culture: from Ali to X-games. ABC-CLIO. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-57607-024-6. 
  4. ^ Netburn, Deborah (30 March 2009). "Dr. Kenneth Cooper got a nation moving through aerobics. More than 40 years ago, his book touted a new type of exercise". Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Cooper, Kenneth H. (January 1969) [1968]. Aerobics. 14490 (revised ed.). Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-14490-1. Lay summary (2007-12-28). 
  6. ^ Louie, Elaine (12 July 1995). "At Work With: Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper; The Fit Commandment". Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Snacking Now Made Easier with Frito-Lay's New Smart Snack Ribbon Label". 
  8. ^ "Faith and Fitness Magazine Interviews the Father of Aerobics: Does Faith Based Fitness Make Sense Today". Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  9. ^ James MacKey (2009). A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Personal Healing: A Mind, Body, Spirit Approach. iUniverse. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-595-45595-9. 

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