Independent — St. Petersburg, FL
Donald B. Ardell is an author, speaker and popular blogger who promoters quality of life by emphasizing principles for a life of reason, exuberance, athleticism and personal freedoms. He links health and well-being to politics, sex and religion at every opportunity. He also speaks about the art and science of aging well.
Don's presentations on secular perspectives on well-being address finding added meaning and purpose, humor and joy, science, ethics, the dynamics of happiness and dealing with common diet/stress and exercise challenges in positive ways, not as medical matters.
Don's first book, a best seller published by Rodale Press in 1977, was High Level Wellness: An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs and Disease. It sparked the wellness movement. Since then, Don has authored a dozen more, including Die Healthy, REAL Wellness: What's New in Wellness Now, The High Level Wellness Game, 14 Days to Wellness and (from Prometheus Books) The Book of Wellness: A Secular Approach to Spirituality, Meaning and Purpose.
Don has degrees from The George Washington University, The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Stanford University and The Union Institute. Don is a member of the board of trustees of the National Wellness Institute, The German Wellness Institute, the Australian Wellness Association and the Brazilian Wellness Association. Don is one of ten Americans given the Healthy America Fitness Leaders Award in 1991 by the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Allstate Insurance Company and the U.S. Jaycees and two Lifetime Achievement Awards - from the National Wellness Institute and the German Wellness Association.
Don is an All-American triathlete and duathlete and has won national titles and four world championships including most recently in Budapest, the Gold Coast of Australia, Montreal and Tasmania. He lives in St. Petersburg, FL. His expertise is in providing entertaining lectures on REAL wellness (with an emphasis on secular humanist values) and assisting organizations transition into healthier cultures.