Happy Father’s Day!
Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, Founder and Chairman of Cooper Aerobics recently contributed to Savvy Dad’s first book How Fathers Change Lives: Stories of Remarkable Dads not only as the “Father of Aerobics,” but also to share how he was inspired by his own father.
Dr. Cooper’s father, a periodontist for over 50 years, was an inspiration for Dr. Cooper to pursue preventive medicine. Dr. Cooper said when he was applying for medical school his dad said if all he would be doing in the future was taking care of people by ordering drugs, he was wasting his time and money.
“That is one reason I redirected my medical practice from ‘too much care too late’ to prevention of disease,” Dr. Cooper said.
Dr. Cooper said his father often said ‘It is always cheaper and more efficient to maintain good health than regain it once it is lost.’
“My father practiced his specialty of dentistry all day on a Friday and died on a Monday,” Dr. Cooper said. “We call that ‘squaring off the curve.’ It’s living a long, healthy life to the fullest and then dying suddenly.”
Dr. Cooper has continued the legacy as a great father and inspiration to his son, Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH, CEO of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises. Every year the Drs. Cooper take a father/son vacation. A grandfather of five and having logged more than 38,000 miles running, a vacation is an adventure! In years past they have explored Antarctica, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and this year they are taking on the North Pole with the Land of the Ice Bears National Geographic Adventure.
Dr. Cooper at 82 years often says, “The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.”
Today we celebrate the “Father of Aerobics” and all of the fathers in your life!