Author/speaker Joe Piscatella is one of the nation’s foremost experts on how to live a healthy lifestyle. He is Founder & CEO of the Institute for Fitness and Health, an organization dedicated to helping people initiate and sustain healthy lifestyle habits. TIME magazine calls him “a positive force for healthy changes.”
He has written 16 best-selling books, hosted three PBS television specials on heart health and is a “guest expert” on WebMD. As a spokesman for a healthy lifestyle, he has been frequently interviewed on The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America and Fox News.
A professional speaker for 30 years, he has spoken at more than 500 hospitals including the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic. Additional clients include Boeing, Young Presidents Organization, the Federal Reserve Bank, Raytheon, Prudential, Exxon, Sprint and the U.S. Naval War College. Over 2 million people have attended his talks.
Mr. Piscatella has served as the only non-medical member of the NIH Cardiac Rehabilitation Expert Panel charged with developing clinical guidelines for physicians.
He is the designer and facilitator of 6 Weeks to a Healthier You,® a successful community wellness program. In one program, 650 people lost 4200 pounds. Programs have taken place in Washington, California, Nevada and Michigan.
Mr. Piscatella’s body of work has created a recognized brand because it puts a human face of the practical science of healthy living. He uses humor and an upbeat presentation style to explain how to balance healthy eating, effective exercise, stress management and a positive attitude to optimize well-being. His audience receives information and take-home tools, and he motivates them to put the message to work.
Mr. Piscatella knows the science of healthy living, but he understands the practical aspect as well. At age 32, he went through coronary bypass surgery. The prognosis was not good (one doctor predicted he would not live to age 40.) But he put his effort into developing healthy lifestyle habits and it has worked. He has celebrated the 41st anniversary of that surgery, making him one of the longest living survivors of bypass surgery and a wonderful example of the effectiveness of healthy lifestyle habits.