A doctor who has dedicated his life to the health and wellness of humanity will be honored during the International SPA Association Conference & Expo, Oct. 13-16 in Dallas, Texas, United States.
Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, founder of the world-renowned Cooper Aerobics Center and a best-selling author, is the recipient of ISPA’s 2003 Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award.
“Dr. Cooper’s commitment to the quality of life is profound,” said ISPA President Jeff Kohl. “Upon reviewing his years of dedication to society, the ISPA Board of Directors knew that Dr. Cooper was the clear choice as the recipient of the 2003 Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award.”
In 2002, the ISPA Humanitarian Award was renamed. In celebration of his life and dedication to the spa industry, the award is now known as the Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award.
The late Alex Szekely was the president of Rancho la Puerta and Golden Door, as well as a past ISPA president and a long-standing member of the ISPA Board of Directors.
Due to her son’s illness, Deborah Szekely accepted the award at the 2002 ISPA Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Dr. Cooper will receive the award on Monday, Oct. 13, which is also the day that he will deliver a keynote address to Conference attendees. The Oklahoma native is recognized as the leader of the international physical fitness movement.
As an author, Dr. Cooper’s first best-seller, “Aerobics,” created a worldwide fitness revolution when it was published in 1968 and led to his moniker as “the father of aerobics.”
In 1970, Dr. Cooper founded The Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. The multi-divisional health and fitness company includes a research institute, preventive medicine clinic, medical spa, fitness management and wellness consulting division, line of nutritional supplements, fitness center, day spa and hotel.
This year marks the fourth consecutive time that the Humanitarian Award has been given during the ISPA Conference. As mentioned previously, Alex Szekely received the award in 2002.
In 2001, ISPA gave the Humanitarian Award to the membership to inspire them to continue caring for people worldwide following the attacks of Sept. 11. And in 2000, Dr. Andrew Weil was the first recipient of the Humanitarian Award.
The 13th annual ISPA Conference & Expo is the premier event for the worldwide spa industry. For additional details on the Conference, visit http://www.ispaconference.com. Information on Conference registration, as well as an online registration form, are included on the site.