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Joe Piscatella

Healthy Heart Author, Lifestyle Expert

Joe Piscatella is one of the foremost authorities on lifestyle habits and cardiac health in the United States. His experience of coronary bypass surgery at age 32 in 1977, and his subsequent reversal of heart disease, gives his books, lectures and television programs a practical perspective audiences appreciate.

President of the Institute for Fitness and Health, he lectures extensively on wellness throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain to hospitals and medical schools, Fortune 1000 companies and professional associations. Joe is a national expert on the link between lifestyle habits and health, longevity and productivity. Audiences ranging from the Boeing Company and Exxon to the Federal Reserve Bank and the US Naval War College appreciate his practical perspective, take-home tools and dynamic delivery. He educates and motivates audiences to live a healthy lifestyle in the real world. And he does it in a way that brings out the laughter.

While most of Joe’s programs deal with health and wellness for adults, a new program – “Raising Fit Kids in a Fast World” – deals with the health of American children. The program is based on his book, Fat-Proof Your Child. It examines the unhealthy trends found with kids today, and provides practical solutions to reverse such trends. Joe is in pre-production with PBS television to do a one-hour national show based on his speaking program.

Joe is the author of Don’t Eat Your Heart Out and eleven other best-selling books. They have sold over 6 million copies and are used by more than 5500 hospitals and corporate organizations in health education programs. His newest are Prevent, Halt & Reverse Heart Disease, a cutting-edge book on stress, diet and exercise (co-authored by Dr. Barry Franklin) and Positive Mind, Healthy Heart, a book to motivate and inspire healthy lifestyle habits, and The Road to Healthy Heart Runs Through the Kitchen, straight information on a healthy diet. Joe is the host of three PBS television specials including the most recent program, “Take A Load Off Your Heart.”

As a spokesman for a healthy lifestyle, he is a frequent guest on television and radio programs, including CNN, The Today Show and Good Morning America, and is a regular contributor to national publications. He has been the fitness expert for KIRO-TV in Seattle. Joe has served as the only non-medical member of the National Institutes of Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Expert Panel charged with developing clinical practice guidelines for physicians.


Most Popular Topics:

Stress Management for Bailout Times
How to Manage Stress Effectively for Increased Health, Longevity and Productivity

In this era of too little time and too much to do, of increased career and family commitments, of crawling traffic and never ending e-mails, Americans are living with chronic stress. Indeed, 89% of us say that the stress in our lives is overwhelming. The result is often high levels of frustration, anxiety and anger.

Says one corporate manager, “I’m dropping kids off to school at 7am, racing to work at 8, in a grocery store at 5:15, answering e-mails at 9pm, and doing laundry till midnight. I’m always behind and never have enough time to do my best. I’m always behind. Weekends used to be for kicking back, now they’re for catching up.”

In this presentation, Joe examines the impact of chronic stress on health, productivity and quality of life.   He helps audiences understand that the secret to a balanced life is not to avoid stress, but to manage it; not to react to stress, but to respond to it.  His program not only examines the sources of stress in modern life (including Type A personality), but it provides audiences with a variety of mental and physical tools to successfully manage stress every day.


Overcoming Barriers to Healthy Living

Healthy living – a benefit to the individual and organization – starts with good information.  What is a healthy diet?  What’s the best way to exercise?

And today people know the difference between an apple and a piece of apple pie, between going out dancing or watching Dancing with the Stars!  But knowing the information isn’t acting on the information.  Why this chasm between information and action? Because information alone is not enough.  If it were, we’d be a nation of non-smokers.

In this dynamic and inspirational program, Joe Piscatella provides practical solutions to overcoming barriers and making healthy changes that last a lifetime.  Audiences learn how to get started and stay the course.


Make Your Health Last As Long As Your Life

Just because you can afford retirement doesn’t mean that you will have the quality of life to enjoy it. While a financial plan is important, a good health plan is critical. There is a difference between longevity, the amount of years you live, and health span, the number of years you live in good health. Two people, for example, each live to age 85. But while the first spends the last 20 years of life in a golf cart, the other spends those years in a wheelchair. Their respective longevity is the same, but their health spans are drastically different. In this timely program, Joe examines the lifestyle habits found in societies all over the world where people not only live longer, but also have extended years of good health. Learn what you can do now to maximize your “health span” and increase the number of years you will have good health.


Women and Heart Health

Contrary to popular belief, men are not the chief victims of heart disease. The truth is that heart disease is an equal opportunity affliction. While about the same number of women as men have heart disease, it is by far the number one killer of women. Indeed, over 250,000 women die from the disease each year; more than the next 14 causes of death combined. In this presentation, Joe examines how primary cardiac risk factors – such as cholesterol, triglycerides, coronary inflammation, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, and others – impact women, and he helps attendees to calculate their personal risk. In addition, he covers women-specific topics such as hormone replacement therapy and signs of heart attack. With a heart-healthy lifestyle, women can prevent, stabilize and even reverse heart disease.


Eating Healthy In A DoubleBurger.Com World

A balanced diet is critical for good health and increased performance. But how do you sort out what is balanced in a world of conflicting claims where fat and carbohydrates see-saw being in, then out, where a tablespoon of ketchup can contain a teaspoon of high-fructose corn syrup, where food supplements claim to be healthier than food itself, and where new weight-loss diet books appear weekly?

In over three decades of successfully managing his heart disease, Joe knows fad diets from real science.  His sensible, realistic program offers basic principles for healthy eating, including cutting-edge methods on how to control your fat tooth. (That’s right, fat tooth, not sweet tooth!). More importantly, he gives nutritional science real-life application. Audiences will learn how to read food labels to make smart choices at a grocery store, what the secret is to cooking healthy food at home (and having your whole family enjoy it), and how to handle eating in the company cafeteria or in a restaurant.


Raising Fit Kids in a Fast World

Raised with the temptations of fast food, television and computer games, kids are more sedentary, overweight and out-of-shape than a generation ago. The typical 12-year old today weighs 11.7 pounds more than his or her counterpart in 1973. In the last decade the obesity rate in white children has increased by 50%; in Hispanic and African-American kids, it has doubled. The result: a generation of children with elevated cholesterol, higher blood pressure and more Type 2 diabetes. This may be the first generation not to live as long as their parents. What are parents to do? This seminar offers practical and easy-to-implement strategies for teaching children healthy exercise and eating habits that will last them a lifetime.



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