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The Cooper Institute's FITNESSGRAM Selected as Statewide Physical Fitness Assessment Tool
Date:9/27/2007

ur out of six school semesters either 30 minutes daily, 125 minutes during a school week or 225 minutes over two school weeks.

The Cooper Institute, the 501(c)3 nonprofit research and education division located at Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, developed the FITNESSGRAM in 1982. In 1998, The Cooper Institute partnered with Human Kinetics, which now publishes and distributes the product to schools nationwide. Neither The Cooper Institute, nor Dr. Cooper, will receive any profit from FITNESSGRAM implemented in Texas schools. In fact, Dr. Cooper has made it his personal mission to raise the more than $2 million to fund the program completely.

An estimated 67,000 schools are using the FITNESSGRAM across the country. There are 11 Texas school districts that use the FITNESSGRAM district wide. Other district-wide programs in other parts of the country include Miami-Dade County and New York City Public Schools. Texas joins Alabama, Delaware, California, South Carolina, and West Virginia as states that mandate daily activity among a variety of grades and elect to use the FITNESSGRAM to measure students. Illinois is the only state in the nation that requires PE for K-12.

"The Texas Education Agency and the state of Texas have shown great leadership in addressing children's health and fitness," said Human Kinetics' CEO Brian Holding. "We look forward to working with the TEA to implement FITNESSGRAM in all schools to help students improve and maintain their health-related fitness and physical activity levels."

Childhood obesity is a major problem in Texas and across the United States. In 2005, it was estimated that more than 66 percent of American adults were overweight, with almost 35 percent being obese, and more than 30 percent of children were overweight. It has been predicted that for every child born after the year 2000, one out of three Caucasians, one out of two Hispanics, and two out of five African Americans will become diabetic. According t
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