Donald B. Ardell wrote High Level Wellness: An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs and Disease in 1976 and a dozen books since, his latest being Aging Beyond Belief: 69 Tips For REAL Wellness.. He has produced the WELLNESS REPORT since 1984 - nearly 700 editions are in circulation. The REAL wellness Don promotes is a mindset and lifestyle that celebrates reason, exuberance and liberty, unlike the more common form of wellness featured at worksites that in fact is fake wellness, programming that is medically focused that only seeks to lower health risks.
REAL wellness is about quality of life - fitness is part of it but so is attention to meaning and purpose, applied ethics, environmental sensitivity, happiness, critical thinking, humor, relationships, play and support for excellence and joy.
Don once ran for mayor of Tampa as "the oldest, fittest, fastest and prettiest of all the candidates" promising to promote "a well city" that would be 4 F - “fit, functional, free and fun.” (He won in every respect (spent less, made fewer enemies, enjoyed the experience more than the other candidates) save getting the most votes.)
Don runs, bikes and swims regularly. He has won
several national and two world championships.
He can be reached at 727 471-8091
Recent Essays by Donald B. Ardell - The Well Infidel
By Donald B. Ardell - 05.19.13
There are so many absurdities in our day-to-day political life related to religion. We have become inured to new standards of idiocy set by theocratic pols seeking to outdo each other sucking up to religious crazies.
The result of our collective hesitancy is that things keep getting worse. That is, the intrusion of religion in varied forms becomes more pervasive, and our drift toward theocracy increasingly pernicious.
By Donald B. Ardell – 05.12.13
Introduction: Most People Can’t Sustain Healthy
Over the years, I’ve collaborated with an eminent Australian polymath (Dr. Grant Donovan) in conducting research on lifestyle change. Our work has focused on understanding whether adults have a better than 50/50 chance of benefiting from efforts to improve their lifestyles. Our double-blind, crossover, randomized horizontal and dignified trials have explored a simple but profound question that others have taken for...
By Donald B. Ardell – 04.28.13
Introduction: My Claim to Standing in Pennsylvania
I grew up in Pennsylvania. Graduated from elementary and high schools in Philadelphia. So even though I have been away from the Keystone State for 58 years, I think I have some (albeit shaky) standing to suggest a bill. Not that I want to introduce it, of course, or that...