Medical Research

The Cooper Institute

  • Dallas, TX
  • www.cooperinstitute.org

Mission Statement

The Cooper Institute is dedicated to promoting lifelong health and wellness through research and education.

Main Programs

  1. The Cooper Institute Overview
  2. Research – Landmark Findings
  3. Healthy Kids - Well. Into the Future
  4. Education – Training the Trainers
Service Areas

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International

The Cooper Institute is recognized internationally for its landmark findings in the areas of exercise physiology, obesity and nutrition. A variety of adult education courses are offered in Dallas, Texas, over the internet, and through self study materials. Instructors are also available to travel to locations for group trainings for the military around the world and to public safety professionals across the U.S.

ruling year

1970

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Laura DeFina M.D.

Keywords

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physical activity, fitness, health, public health, youth fitness, obesity, health care costs

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Also Known As

The Cooper Institute

EIN

23-7075529

 Number

0705445316

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (H05)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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These are vitally important times. The Cooper Institute’s goal is changing lives for the better. Lifestyle decisions remain personal but well informed people make wiser decisions. Federal healthcare policies impact our families, schools and nation for years to come. Without public support for prevention, the United States is headed for a financial devastation. The Cooper Institute research and education work is more relevant today than any other time in history.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Cooper Institute Overview

Celebrating it 45th anniversary, The Cooper Institute is a nonprofit dedicated globally to preventive medicine. With health and fitness research and education at its core, The Cooper Institute translates the latest scientific findings into proactive solutions that improve global health. Key areas of focus are research, adult education and youth programs.

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Research – Landmark Findings

The Cooper Institute is grounded in research. We are recognized for our landmark findings in the areas of exercise physiology, obesity and nutrition. Adult and youth education initiatives are supported by scientific legitimacy: our research influences global public health policies and is the trusted source for health and fitness knowledge.

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Healthy Kids - Well. Into the Future

Children are our future. Since 1977, The Cooper Institute has been vested in their success. FitnessGram®, our flagship youth health-related fitness assessment, is based on scientifically-proven Healthy Fitness Zone Standards and is now used by more than 40,000 schools and two million students across the country. Since it's inception, our youth education programs have expanded to include NFL PLAY 60 FitnessGram and the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program. We are proud advocates for children's health and encourage youth to establish healthy behaviors.

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Education – Training the Trainers

The Cooper Institute is an international leader in the design and implementation of health and fitness education. We work with the military and other uniformed personnel, personal trainers and wellness coordinators, training them in the best health and fitness practices. Through fitness and nutrition education, we are able to indirectly impact the lives of many.

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Service Areas

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International

The Cooper Institute is recognized internationally for its landmark findings in the areas of exercise physiology, obesity and nutrition. A variety of adult education courses are offered in Dallas, Texas, over the internet, and through self study materials. Instructors are also available to travel to locations for group trainings for the military around the world and to public safety professionals across the U.S.

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Financials

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THE COOPER INSTITUTE
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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The Cooper Institute

Leadership

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President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Laura DeFina M.D.

BIO

Laura DeFina, MD serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Institute, steering company goals and maximizing its value on public health. In addition, she serves as Chief Science Officer, managing The Institute's world-renowned research team.

Dr. DeFina was appointed President and CEO in 2014. She responsible for overseeing development and implementation of The Institute's overall business strategy and is committed to improving public health through preventive medicine. In 2013, she was selected by Governor Rick Perry to sit on the Texas Council for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders.

Dr. DeFina joined The Cooper Institute from Cooper Clinic where she practiced preventive medicine and researched healthy aging. Prior to Cooper Clinic, she practiced Geriatrics at Baylor Senior Health Network, and earlier in her career she practiced medicine in the U.S. Army where she was highly ranked and decorated.

Dr. DeFina earned her Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University School of Medicine. She serves on the Prevention and Brain Health Group for the Texas State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and is actively involved in local and regional community affairs.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tedd Mitchell M.D.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX

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