Born, raised and educated in Oklahoma, Dr. Cooper’s roots run deep in the SouthWest Affiliate (SWA). After thirteen years of service in the U.S. military, he founded the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas in 1970. Today, he works alongside his son, Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH, at the helm of Cooper Aerobics and its eight health and wellness entities. There, the Coopers devote their time to studying and promoting the links between cardiovascular fitness, health and longevity.
Dr. Cooper has said, “It is easier to maintain good health through proper exercise, diet and emotional balance than to regain it once it is lost.” Time and again, he has transformed that mantra into action on behalf of the AHA.
Dr. Cooper has also played an integral role in our efforts to save lives through public policy. A staunch supporter of recent legislation to enact a statewide smoking ban in Texas, he made his case with many key lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
|Dr. Kenneth Cooper and Smokefree Texas bill |
author Rep. Myra Crownover discuss
messaging for the bill.
The Smoke-Free Texas legislation didn’t pass in 2011, but with the help of Dr. Cooper and others, our team took the bill further than ever before – passing the Texas House of Representatives, and coming just three votes short in the Senate. These efforts were recognized by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation as the most effective anti-smoking campaign in the nation last year. And we have no doubt that Dr. Cooper will be back on the job when the State Legislature reconvenes.
Dr. Cooper likes to say that, “Fitness is a journey, not a destination. It must be continued for the rest of your life.” The AHA is grateful for Dr. Cooper’s support, and proud to be part of the journey.