As the texts and records of ancient societies show us, health and fitness have always been essential to the growth and development of humanity. Health and fitness can be achieved by being mindful of our bodies and surrounding ourselves with compassionate people who exude a positive flair for life. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Discovering our inner-strengths and developing our bodies, minds and spirits with the help of extraordinary people is the foundation of spectacular health.
The expertise of co-writer Barbara Ficarra has been particularly helpful to this post. A visionary thinker, health expert and media professional in high demand, she is well-versed on the history of health and fitness, and is consistently aware of the trends, discoveries and newsmakers in her field. Indeed, she knows the work of the 16 men and women profiled below.
Like Ficarra, they not only post their thoughts and perspectives, but they participate in the international, empowering conversation that Twitter provides to hundreds of millions. Anyone can sell books and DVDs about a new exercise routine or personal ideas about medical advances. What's different about these men and women? Truly, they excel because of how they push beyond the boundaries of creativity, and use social media to impact and enrich the lives and ambitions of their followers.
Profiled by American Express and Ladies Home Journal, Cherrier has been an
advocate of healthy living for more than 25 years. An online contributor to
Sears FitStudio and Attune Foods, she maintains the popular blog
A leading Pediatrician, Greene is the author of Raising Baby Green
and Feeding Baby Green. An electrifying speaker and President of
the Society for Participatory Medicine, he is a visionary
The Owner of Get Fit Training, she's an enthusiastic HIT and TRX trainer,
app developer, and popular radio show host with a global listenership
in the tens of thousands. Her weight loss story is
An editor at Wired Magazine, he's also author of "The Decision Tree" blog,
and book of the same name. "Better health begins with smarter choices,"
An ESPN commentator and host of two television shows, both Oprah and
"Fitness Magazine" have praised her work. She's lectured in over 40 countries
and was appointed by Presidents Obama and Bush to the prestigious
Celebrated physician, engineer, tech advocate, and blogger behind
health commentary and info.
A respected OB/GYN, and author of two bestselling books,
Rankin is one of Forbes' 'Inspiring Women on Twitter', and is the
visionary founder of OwningPink, which helps the reader to tap into and
Host of "The Dr. Oz Show," is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at
Columbia University and the best-selling author of Healing from the
Heart. He has a regular column in "Esquire" and "O", The Oprah Magazine,
Nutritionist, best-selling author, and creator of the Hollywood Trainer
Bronkart is a man on a mission! Known as "e-Paient Dave" the empowered
"voice" of patients, he was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer
and quickly became engaged in the internet, searching for
President of DLS HealthWorks, Shemek is a well-known Health Coach
An artist whose work has been published in journals and calendars, she
Tucker is a Sr. Writer at Elsevier/International Medical News Group. She is a
Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health Magazine and Women's Health Magazine,
Paula Robinson /@PaulaRobinsonRN
A Senior Service Specialist and owner of Sanitasole Adult Day Health Services, she's an enthusiastic and vocal advocate of Alzheimer's care and support, and has well-respected ideas on addressing the public health emergency gripping various communities.
Authors' Note: In case you missed it, here's Part 16 of the series: Twitter's Paul Steele: Blazing a Trail of Greatness