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Happy Memorial Day!

Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, U.S. Air Force

Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, U.S. Air Force

As we celebrate a long weekend with American traditions like BBQ and baseball, we want to remember those who gave their life to protect and defend our freedom. We are grateful to the men and women who have served in the U. S. Armed Forces, including our own Founder and Chairman, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper.

In 1970, Dr. Cooper resigned, as a lieutenant colonel, from a 13-year military career in order to open the Cooper Aerobics Center. While he was an Air Force flight surgeon and director of the Aerospace Medical Laboratory in San Antonio, Dr. Cooper first began studying the impact of physical activity on health and longevity. His findings eventually formed the basis for the Air Force physical conditioning program. He also developed the 12-minute test and Aerobics Point System that led to his first book, Aerobics, in 1968. Today, many branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and several foreign military organizations still utilize his program.

Thank you to all of those who have served for dedicating your life to protect our country. We wish you a happy, healthy Memorial Day!

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