CooperFit: Fitness is a Vital Sign
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For more than 50 years, Cooper Clinic continues to demonstrate the value of fitness. Fitness is a vital sign™ of health, and CooperFit™ cardiovascular fitness test is an effective way to help health care providers reliably and consistently measure their patients’ level of fitness.

Through the work of Cooper Clinic and research from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, higher levels of measured fitness are scientifically proven to correlate in tested populations with a significant reduction in mortality and morbidity and an improvement in quality of life. For example, our research shows being fit:

*Research from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study

The Ideal Complement to Your Practice

Adding the CooperFit test to your service offerings provides you:

  • Opportunity to advance the health and well-being of your patients
  • New source of revenue
  • Consistent, accurate measurement of your patients' level of fitness
  • Easy-to-understand cardiovascular exercise program recommendations
  • Turnkey implementation tool kit

What is the CooperFit cardiovascular fitness test?

The CooperFit test consists of the patient walking for one mile or running for 12 minutes on a treadmill while wearing a heart rate monitor. Proctored by a CooperFit technician, the patient is guided to walk or run as hard and fast as they can.

The patient’s performance result (predicted max VO2) places them into one of six categories of fitness (listed below) and a percentile ranking from 1% to 100%.

Fitness levels - Very Poor (0-19 percent) to Superior (95-100 percent)

Both results are specific to the patient’s gender and age in five-year segments and are based on the 326,000 collective treadmill stress test records from Cooper Clinic.

Beyond the Test

Once the patient completes the test, they receive a coaching session to review their fitness results and an exercise prescription for cardiovascular fitness improvement as needed (included with the test). For those who fall in the Very Poor category, a retest is recommended at 12 weeks after participating in a Cooper developed and certified basic walking program.

Add a Vital Sign of Health to Your Practice with CooperFit

David Evans, FMFA
Vice President, Cooper Wellness Strategies
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