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Donald B. Ardell, PhD (1938- )


  • Has won seven ITU (International Triathlon Union) world triathlon championships - Don Ardell(Hobart 1994, Montreal 1999, Gold Coast 2009, Budapest 2010, London 2013 and two in Edmonton, CA 2014).

  • Has been the #1 ranked triathlete and national champion in the U.S. for the past three years in three sports: triathlon, duathlon and aquathon.

  • Ranked All-American by USA Triathlon Association for the past twenty years.

  • Former state (Minnesota) and U.S. handball champion and collegiate basketball player (George Washington University, Washington, D.C.).

  • Author of High Level Wellness: An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs, and Disease.  It was first published in 1977 by Rodale Press, with editions over the years by Bantam Books and Ten-Speed Press. This landmark work helped spark the wellness movement and propel Don to a career of writing, speaking and teaching.

  • Wrote a dozen additional wellness books, including Die Healthy (with Australian Grant Donovan), 14 Days to Wellness, Aging Beyond Belief, REAL Wellness and (also with Grant Donovan) Wellness Orgasms: The Fun Way to Live Well and Die Healthy.

  • Has degrees from George Washington University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (urban planning) and Stanford. His doctorate was awarded in 1979 by the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH.

  • Ran for mayor of Tampa, FL in 2003 against four long-term, well-established and well-funded politicians on a platform calling for a city that would be FOUR F - fun, fit, free and functional - the key areas of his 48 point platform with detailed policy position papers. Don’s claim was that he was the oldest (65 at the time), fittest, fastest and prettiest of the candidates for mayor. He won the hearts of the populace - but not most of their votes.

  • Since 1984, Don has produced 74 quarterly print editions of the Ardell Wellness Report (AWR) and 720 weekly electronic newsletters. The weekly AWR is billed as a non faith-based newsletter dedicated to the idea that REAL wellness is too important to be presented or lived grimly. The four major themes for living well and dying healthy are reason, exuberance, athleticism and liberty.

  •, Don's official website, is the largest repository of wellness essays in the world. Over 2000 essays are available at this site addressed to the physical, mental, meaning and purpose dimensions of the wellness philosophy. Don also is a regular contributor at The Political Junkie, Trusted M.D. and the Perry Street Palace.

  • A long-term member of the board of trustees of the National Wellness Institute.

  • Honored by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in Wash, DC in 1992.

  • Given Lifetime Achievement Award by the German Wellness Association (Dusseldorf, Germany 2010), the Halbert L. Dunn Award by the National Wellness Association (Stevens Point, WI 2012) and the Global Wellness Institute (Marrakech, Morocco 2014).

  • Has delivered lectures in all but three U.S. states, all but two Canadian provinces and more than a dozen other countries (13 trips to Australia since 1986). 


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