Today at Cooper Aerobics we are celebrating Dr. Cooper’s birthday! He is known throughout the world for being a visionary and as the “father of aerobics.” To celebrate his 83rd birthday, let’s take a look at his accomplishments at age 82 and how he continues to stay young at heart.
Recently, Dr. Cooper participated in an interview with 1080 KRLD-AM radio on “being young at heart” for American Heart Association’s National Heart Month. During the interview, he was asked if he thought of himself more as a teacher or a physician. At first, he said, “both.” Then as he shared his daily and weekly routine, he narrowed it down—he is a teacher. He lives to teach and preach his message to inspire people to live longer, healthier lives.
For example, Dr. Cooper speaks to a group of students from The Cooper Institute pursuing a personal training certification on the topic of “Exercise is Medicine.” On Feb. 26, Dr. Cooper visited Duncan, Okla., to give the same presentation to Duncan Regional Hospital in celebration of Health Week. The local newspaper’s headline was Aerobics guru: get off the couch to live longer and healthier life. The article reads, “Cooper…presented a rapid-fire PowerPoint presentation of statistics and studies that support a theory now embraced by all health professionals.”
When asked about retirement, Dr. Cooper said, “as long as you love what you’re doing, you will never work a day in your life.”
Dr. Cooper was selected to be the honorary chairman for the 2014 Dallas Heart Walk.
He celebrated the completion of the multi-million dollar Cooper Fitness Center renovation with a ribbon run-through with his son, Dr. Tyler Cooper, and Dallas Cowboys Legends Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.
Dr. Cooper took some time off and enjoyed a 23-day Antarctic cruise with his wife, Millie Cooper.
Dr. Cooper received his ninth honorary degree on Dec. 14 from Ball State University.
More than 18,000 experts from around the world came to Dallas for American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions on Nov. 18. Dr. Cooper was the keynote speaker. See news coverage from Huffington Post, Good Morning Texas and KDFW-FOX.
As a proud alumnus of University of Oklahoma, Dr. Cooper supported his team at the annual Red River Rivalry game on Oct. 12.
Later that month, Dr. and Mrs. Cooper took time off to visit sunny San Diego.
Dr. Cooper is passionate about eliminating childhood obesity.
On Sept. 9, Dr. Cooper and The Cooper Institute’s CEO Blaine Nelson joined with members from the Hungarian government and FitnessGram to formally sign an agreement with the Hungarian School Sports Federation to implement a new International Youth Fitness Test based on FitnessGram.
And on Sept. 10 he celebrated and honored 51 Healthy Zone Schools with Troy Aikman, co-chairman of the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program.
Dr. and Mrs. Cooper contributed to churches in Brazil and received a thank you photo from the kids.
Dr. Cooper had his first workout on Cooper Fitness Center’s new, state-of-the-art Precor cardio equipment. These machines were part of the multi-million renovation and are all programed with the latest technology console, called Preva® Networked Fitness.
Every year, Drs. Cooper take a father-son trip. In June they traveled to Norway on the “Land of the Polar Bears” National Geographic Expedition.
Dr. Cooper honored Fred and Barbara Meyer, long-time Cooper supporters who both passed away within the last year, by planting a new tree on at Cooper Aerobics Center with Fred and Barbara’s daughter. The tree and plaque are located in front of The Cooper Institute.
At the BOAO Economic Forum in China on April 6-8, Dr. Cooper participated in a panel with two Nobel Prize laureates in medicine to talk about the importance of preventive medicine and share the Get Cooperized message.
Dr. and Mrs. Cooper celebrated the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on April 25.
Along with celebrating his 82nd birthday, Dr. Cooper celebrated the 45th anniversary of Aerobics.
In addition to all of his professional achievements, Dr. Cooper is also a caring grandfather of five to Ridge (11), Tenley (9), Clark (8), Lang (6) and Kai (4).
Here’s to a happy, healthy 83rd year, Dr. Cooper!
From smoothies comes a tasty, healthier peanut butter! When in Cedars recently, the manager, Justin Self, was delivering a jar of freshly-made peanut butter. I overheard the conversation and asked to learn more. Members, trainers and guests asked about the type of peanut butter that was used to make the smoothies. To cut back on sugar and fat, Justin wanted to provide a healthier option. He decided to make his own peanut butter to eliminate the mystery. He said, “You should know what’s in your food. We get the creamy texture by heating the peanuts and using all-natural friction, not hexabromocyclododecane.” And yes, hexabromocyclododecane is a word—it is a chemical that generates heat.
Now nearly all of the employees at our location have been trained to create this simply delicious recipe. Although it is not on the menu yet, it’s something to ask for! Made with only peanuts and sea salt, it is lower in calories and very tasty. Next time you are in Cedars Woodfire Grill at Cooper Aerobics, ask for a sample! An eight-ounce mason jar is sold for $6.75 (pre-tax). They also created a second recipe with local honey for a sweeter taste, sold for $7.75 (pre-tax).
Cedars Woodfire Grill at Cooper Aerobics opened in July 2013 as part of the multi-million dollar renovation of Cooper Fitness Center. Cedars Woodfire Grill has two other locations—one in Plano and one in Frisco, but our location is the only Cedars to serve breakfast and smoothies. The “eat well, live well, feel good” philosophy is a natural fit for Cooper Aerobics. Click here to learn more about the relationship between Cooper Aerobics and Cedars Woodfire Grill.
If you’re in the Dallas area, stop by and give Cedars a try. We’re open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Download the menu and call 972.560.2700 with any questions or a to-go order.
Well, January 2014 has come and gone. Many of us made New Year’s Resolutions about improving our health but find we have lost that initial burst of enthusiasm to make those resolutions a reality.
Maybe we made resolutions that were too ambitious (run a marathon, become a vegan or find your spiritual center). Maybe we made so many resolutions we are overwhelmed (start an exercise program, eat seven servings of fruits and vegetables every day, floss twice a day, wear sunscreen, eat fiber, drink more water, drink less beer, eat fatty fish and get more sleep). Maybe we made resolutions that we aren’t sure how to keep—improve my health and reduce my stress.
Don’t give up! It’s not too late to get some help to assess your current health status and make a concrete plan with achievable goals. You may not cross the finish line in 2015 but at least you can start your journey.
Cooper Clinic in Dallas has offered comprehensive preventive exams for more than 40 years—and it’s a great way to get a health status baseline and 2014 game plan. While every phase of the physical exam is important, the following six standard components outlined by our expert physicians are critical to providing an accurate, in-depth look at your overall health. These foundational elements are required for new patients.
- Medical Exam & Counseling
- Laboratory Analysis
- Cardiovascular Screening
- Multidetector Computed Tomography (MDCT) Scan
- Skin Cancer Screening
- Nutrition Consultation
In the following series of posts, I will break down each component and discuss why it’s a critical piece of your health status evaluation. Let’s get started with the first component!
Component #1: Medical Exam & Counseling
This part of the preventive medicine exam consists of a review of a completed medical history as well as a thorough physical examination performed by a Cooper Clinic physician. A medical history questionnaire is an important health assessment tool that provides framework from which your health care provider can assess your health and address disease. It gathers important information regarding symptoms, prior medical history, family history, medication use and lifestyle habits (alcohol, diet, smoking, exercise).
A physical examination is an important health assessment tool as well. During the exam, health problems can be detected before they are symptomatic. For example, in one study, the build-up of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries in the legs (called peripheral artery disease), detected by reduced pulses in the feet and ankles, was present in 50 percent of patients who had no symptoms. Early detection of this problem is the only way to control risk factors for the progression of this disease which can cause debilitating symptoms for patients who have risk factors such as smoking or diabetes.
Medical science is complicated. Great medical care requires a partnership between you and your health care provider with comprehensive discussions about your past health, your current clinical status and your goals for preventing disease in the future. The medical history questionnaire and the physical exam are important tools for directing that dialogue.
As a patient, you may not know what symptoms are important to mention to your doctor or you may not remember that you have a symptom until you see it listed. For example, your voice is hoarse now and then but you figure it may just be because of post nasal drip and allergies. It may well be. But if you have a history of smoking and heavy alcohol use, you are at increased risk for cancers in the throat that can cause hoarseness. By reviewing your complete medical history including the presence of chronic diseases, symptoms, lifestyle factors, family history and medication use, your health care provider can decide which symptoms need further evaluation and what treatments might be necessary to elevate symptoms.
Have you ever broken a bone? Some fractures are a function of bad luck (dropping a bowling ball on your foot) but some fractures may be the result of low bone mass (osteoporosis). A history of a so-called fragility fracture (breaking your wrist after tripping over a curb) may trigger your health care provider to screen for osteoporosis and make lifestyle or medication recommendations to strengthen bone.
Some diseases can run in families. This can affect your risk of developing that disease and certainly can effect when your health care provider will start screening you for that disease or treating you for risk factors that increase your risk of developing that disease. For example, if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you have an increased risk of having colorectal cancer which can occur earlier in life, sometimes in the 40s or even the 30s. Unless you complete a careful family history in medical history questionnaire, your health care provider won’t know the best strategies for preventing diseases with a genetic predisposition.
Many chronic conditions develop because of poor lifestyle choices. Smoking, excessive alcohol intake, poor dietary habits and physical inactivity can all sabotage your health. Listing specifics about your alcohol intake or your exercise program is the perfect springboard for a discussion with your health care provider about how to modify those lifestyle choices to enhance your health and prevent disease.
To learn more about a preventive exam at Cooper Clinic, click here or call 866.906.2667 (COOP). Stay tuned for the next component within the exam—laboratory analysis.
What if you could eat more food for fewer calories? The trick is to fill up on the right foods that satisfy your hunger but carry a lower calorie count. These types of foods tend to be high in water and fiber content so you can eat in volume, feel fuller and consume a lesser amount of calories.
Calorie density is simply the number of calories in a certain volume of food. Low calorie density foods have fewer calories per bite. For example, three cups of popcorn has only 80 calories. High calorie density foods are higher in calories for a smaller amount. One cup of nuts has more than 800 calories. Do the math and that’s eight times more calories than popcorn!
“The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet” by Barbara Rolls, introduces the concept of Volumetrics. The Volumetrics Plan is based on low calorie density options such as water-based and higher fiber foods like fruits, vegetables and broth soups, balanced out with other healthy choices such as high fiber whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean meats. Limit foods high in sugar and fat-even healthy fat found in nuts, avocados and olive oil (because of the high-calorie load).
Many years of research have proven that the quantity of food we eat has a greater impact on satiety than the actual number of calories. Satiety is the full feeling at the end of a meal that signals our brain that we have eaten enough. This is great news for many of us who like to eat a fuller plate of food and still slim down. It follows the My Plate guidelines of filling half your plate with vegetables, one quarter with lean protein and one quarter with healthy carbs. So how is this done? See the tips below for tricks to eat more for less.
How to Volumize Your Diet:
- Pile on the vegetables. Vegetables are one of the best examples of low energy density foods because they contain high water and fiber content for a minimal number of calories. Plus they are super-nutritious! One half cup of cooked vegetables or 2 cups of leafy greens has about 25 calories and an average of two grams of satisfying fiber. Pile your plate with volumes of Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, okra, spinach, kale and romaine lettuce.
- Fill up on fluids. Choose water-rich foods such as fruit to accompany a meal or as a fiber-packed snack. One serving of most fruits has about 60 calories, such as 1 ¼ cup strawberries or watermelon and ¾ cup blackberries, blueberries or fresh pineapple. Other ways to get more volume from fluid is to serve a broth-based soup prior to or with a meal or drink a glass of water or a sugar-free beverage before a meal.
- Slash the fat. Cut down on oil, butter, eggs and high-fat dairy, such as whole milk, cream, full fat salad dressings and cheese. Replace these with lower fat options such as fat free milk, reduced fat cheese, lower fat dressings, egg whites and non-fat yogurt. Choose leaner meats, fish and skinless poultry, and trim any visible fat.
Simple Swaps: Choose This vs. That
- One cup air-popped popcorn (31 calories) vs. one cup regular potato chips (137 calories)
- One cup grapes (104 calories) vs. one cup raisins (434 calories)
- One cup Kashi® GOLEAN Crunch!® Cereal (190 calories) vs. one cup Kellogg’s® Low Fat Granola (380 calories)
- One cup Progresso® Vegetable Minestrone soup (100 calories) vs. one cup Campbell’s® Cream of Mushroom soup (200 calories)
- One Yasso Greek frozen yogurt bar (80 calories) vs. one Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla ice cream bar (300 calories)
Giving a spa service is good for your heart, and theirs too! If you haven’t purchased a gift for your valentine just yet—it’s not too late! Give a gift from the heart—Cooper Spa’s Valentine’s Special through Feb. 14! With every $250 Spa gift card purchased, receive a $30 voucher to use toward a Spa service or Beautiful Fit products.
For your convenience and peace of mind we provide complimentary childcare for children ages 2 months to 12 years at the Jungle Gym based on length of time and availability. When booking your spa appointment, please request childcare reservations. 24-hour advance reservations are required. Click here to learn more about your visit, including complimentary use of the locker room facilities including sauna, whirlpool and steam room are available for use during the day of treatment. See our signature Beautiful Fit Massage and Elegant Escape below for great gifts.
Beautiful Fit Massage
This personalized service, tailored to your specific needs, incorporates varying techniques, pressure and essential oils to give you ultimate relief. Following a private consultation with the licensed therapist, your one-of-a-kind service will begin to unwind your body and mind.
Cooper Spa also offers services tailored for a man’s unique body and skin care needs. See all men’s services here. View Cooper Spa’s full spa menu to find the perfect gift for your valentine. Shop online, by phone at 972.392.7729 or at Cooper Spa Dallas.
Today it’s hard to grasp that exercise was not a part of daily life in the ’70s. Dr. Cooper first opened Cooper Fitness Center, Dallas in 1972 and it was rebuilt in 1982 after a fire.
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cooper
1982 (left) | 2014 (right)
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cooper
with son Dr. Tyler Cooper (CEO of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises)
and his wife, Angie, and kids
Feb. 5, 2014
In April 2012, we began a $7.5 million renovation and Feb. 5, 2014 we celebrated the completion of the renovation. To mark this milestone, we invited local media to join the ceremonial event. Instead of a ribbon-cutting ceremony we did it the Cooperized way and had a ribbon run-through!
Drs. Cooper ran through the ribbon being held by Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman in the newly-renovated lobby of Cooper Fitness Center. Roger and Troy, who have many things common, also have something else in common that not everyone knows—they are Cooperized! Members of Cooper Fitness Center, they have both been supporters of Cooper Aerobics for many years. Did you know Roger was a patient of Dr. Cooper’s in the ’70s? And Troy is co-chairman of the Healthy School Zone Recognition Program at The Cooper Institute?
“A few years ago, as we were looking at where we were as an organization and where we needed to go, we recognized that for a very nice, high-end fitness center, we were dealing with a 1982 building,” said Dr. Tyler Cooper, CEO of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises and the son of “Father of Aerobics” Dr. Kenneth Cooper. “We realized that that we needed to take a few steps back to move forward and improve the experience of our membership.”
Not only did we celebrate with the media, but also with Cooper Fitness Center members and staff. We were open throughout the renovation to continue providing services to our members. As you can imagine, they went through much transition to have the renovated building we have today.
At the member celebration, Cooper Aerobics and Cooper Fitness Center staff volunteered to demonstrate activities in each of the areas within the fitness center. Our members and their guests enjoyed seeing programs like TRX in Small Group Training, Private Pilates, Yoga, Indoor Cycle, Group Exercise and spa treatments in Cooper Spa.
“We have accomplished a lot since we first opened Cooper Fitness Center more than 40 years ago,” Dr. Tyler Cooper said. “[With the renovated facility], we are equipping the next generation to live better, longer, more productive lives.”