How much exercise is enough?

A common question we receive is "How much exercise is enough?" In our health tip today we spotlight the new 2007 physical activity guidelines developed by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association. These updated guidelines provide exercise recommendations for healthy adults and older adults.

With the last holiday of summer fast approaching, our better-for-you recipe is a slimmed down Creamy Potato Salad. Tossing potatoes with a little good vinegar while they are still warm infuses them with flavor. Capers, gherkins, and a touch of anchovy give this old-fashioned salad a piquant finish, while red bell pepper and celery give it an appealing crunch. (A typical 1/2 cup serving of creamy potato salad has almost 250 calories and 20 grams of fat. This pared down version is 119 calories and 5 grams of fat.) The salad will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to two days.

We have lots of Cooper Aerobics Center opportunities coming up. Dr. Kenneth Cooper's 19th book - and the first he has written with his son, Dr. Tyler Cooper - will be released on Sept. 6. Start Strong Finish Strong provides readers with the tools and information they need to get the body and the life they want at any age.

The book will be on sale beginning Sept. 6 at both Cooper Aerobics Center locations inside The Coop pro shop, at The Cooper Institute bookstore, and online at It will also be sold at major booksellers.

Cooper Wellness Program is offering special fall pricing for the lifestyle modification and medical spa program at Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. Named a "Top Place to Shed the Pounds" by USA Today, the four-, six- and 13-day programs change lives and futures. Guests can stay in the beautiful Cooper Guest Lodge or Dallas residents can commute from home.

Cooper Wellness Program provides the education you'll get nowhere else about dining, fitness, sleep, and stress. Best of all, the plan is simple, effective, and highly motivating. Men and women from across the country say it's the best thing they ever did for themselves. Follow-up continues at three, six, and 12 months. Get details at and call 800-444-5192 for last-minute special prices!

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Health Tip

2007 Physical Activity Guidelines

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association have recently issued updated recommendations regarding physical activity and public health. The last physical activity guidelines were set in 1995 by ACSM and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here's a summary table comparing the 1995 recommendations to the 2007 recommendations.