Hart to Heart Fitness™ is a privately held franchise of the Jacki Sorensen Aerobic Fitness Programs. Nationally certified fitness professionals offer aerobic dance and step aerobic classes together with personal training to men, women, and children of all ages in the tri-county area (Albany-Schenectady-Troy) of New York State. Each workout session adheres to the exercise guidelines set forth by the American College of Sports Medicine and each participant receives the safest and most effective quality-controlled instruction for increased cardiovascular fitness and muscle toning available in our industry.
Hart to Heart Fitness™ also serves Blue Shield of Northeastern New York members with fitness classes and wellness seminars such as Diabetes 101, Stress Management, Weight Management, Know Your Numbers, Cancer Prevention, among others. Fundraising events for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Association, Town of Colonie Youth Bureau, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County, and Girl Scout Association of New York State round out Hart to Heart Fitness' community involvement.
Diane H. Hart, Owner of Hart to Heart Fitness is a Nationally Certified Fitness Professional, Master Personal Trainer, Health Educator, Health Specialist for Blue Shield of Northeastern New York with more than 25 years of expertise in all aspects of workforce health and wellness programming. She has designed and implemented global, national and local group fitness and corporate wellness programs for more than 25 years. Diane was recently invited to a high-level meeting of the United Nations to attend the passage of the General Assembly Resolution addressing the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases worldwide through physical activity, particularly for developing countries.
From 2005-2009, Diane was the Director of Fitness for a New York Family Recreation Center, a state-of-the-art 79,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose fitness facility, and in that position managed and developed systems that enhanced the overall operation of the health fitness department. Diane has been a consultant since 2000 to the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, and has facilitated the implementation of "Move for Life" at more than 150 corporations, universities and colleges. She became the architect of the Managed Care Plan joint workplace wellness project which resulted in more than 17,000 individuals in eight health plans across New York State participating in "Move for Life."
Diane is currently President of the National Association for Health and Fitness. Founded in 1979 by the U.S. President's Council on Sports and Fitness, it represents the network of Governors' Councils and State Coalitions for Health and Fitness in the USA and its territories. She is the Chair and one of the original architects of Global Employee Health and Fitness Month which strives to make healthy the norm in the workplace.
In 2009-2010, Diane was a staff trainer for nutrition and physical activity at Cornell University. In 2009, Diane was the second individual in the United States to receive the Silver Eagle National Leadership Award from Be Active America! This award recognized Diane's lifelong commitment to physical fitness and health promotion. She is the recipient of the 2013 Community Leadership Award from the U.S. President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
Diane H. Hart, Nationally Certified Fitness Professional, Master Personal Trainer and Health Specialist has designed and implemented fitness and workplace wellness programs in the Capital District for over 25 years. She is accredited through the National Exercise Training Association, American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, Society of Professional Health Educators and BeActive America Advocacy and Media Relations Training. She is a master member of the International Association of Fitness Professionals, American College of Sports Medicine, Health Specialist for Blue Shield of Northeastern NY, HealthNow and Preventure Health; United States’ Notary Public Association and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and Broadcast Music, Inc.
From 2009-Present, she became a Health Specialist for Blue Shield of Northeastern New York and is a provider for BlueShield’s Wellness Benefit. She also facilitates seminars/workshops on Diabetes, Stress Management, Know Your Numbers, Weight Management, Cancer Prevention, and other related health wellness topics for Blue Shield of Northeastern NY, HealthNow and Preventure Health.
In July of 2009 in Washington, D.C., Diane participated in the Business and Industry Societal Sector at the formation of the first National Physical Activity Plan for America which will provide a set of policies, practices and initiatives that, when implemented, will create an environment in which all Americans can meet the physical activity levels recommended by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
In September of 2009, Diane became a wellness consultant to the City of Albany, New York and is working with Mayor Gerald D. Jennings and the Superintendent of Schools to implement a childhood obesity initiative. She also instructs Senior Wellness Classes for the City at St. Sophia’s Church.
From 2005-2009, Diane was the Director of Fitness for the Ciccotti Family Recreation Center, a state-of-the-art 69,000 sq. ft multi-purpose fitness facility and in that position managed and developed systems and policies that enhanced the overall operation of the health fitness department and Colonie Youth Center Worksite Wellness Initiative.
From September 2008 – Present, the National Association for Health and Fitness(NAHF) elected Diane to the position of President. NAHF is a non-profit organization that exists to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles. NAHF accomplishes this work by fostering and supporting Governors and State Councils and coalitions that promote and encourage regular physical activity. NAHF is also the national sponsor of Global Employee Health and Fitness Day, the largest workplace health and fitness event in May of each year. “Making healthy the normal at the workplace.”
In 2000, Diane became a Consultant to the New York State Department of Health, and through the NYS Physical Activity Coalition (now BeActive New York State) received funding to research, develop and implement a comprehensive wellness program for worksites in New York State. This program is entitled “Move for Life!” (MFL) which is a behavioral modification program that contributes to the overall health and well-being of employers, employees, their families and is proven to contain a company’s health care costs while increasing physical activity. Diane has facilitated and implemented MFL at Union College, Cornell University (New York City); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Capital District Physician’s Health Plan, MVP Health Plan; Schenectady International, Newkirk Products, Inc. Barre, Bette & LedDuke, New York Health Plan Association, Skidmore College, Key Bank, Matthew Bender, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the City of Albany, among others. Responsibilities included developing a worksite wellness index questionnaire, overseeing data collection and analysis of results with each company and reporting monthly to the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention.
As architect of the New York State Department of Health and Managed Care Plan joint workplace wellness project, Diane facilitated a press conference with the NYS Commissioner of Health and former NYS Senator Mary Lou Rath and as a result of this project, move than 17,000 individuals participated in MFL. Following this success, she developed a MFL Training Program for interested corporations in the Capital District which resulted in an additional 65 companies across New York State participating in MFL. Diane is also the media spokesperson for NYS Department of Health on MFL and physical activity/worksite wellness topics and presented at the American Public Health Conference in Philadelphia, PA on MFL.
From 1991 to 2008, Diane was a consultant to the Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, a managed care plan serving members in New York State. Diane designed and implemented member wellness workshops to individual members as well as corporate wellness programs for employer groups. She authored the CDPHP booklet entitled “Walking for Fitness.” Diane coordinated and implemented all aspects of the physical activity components of “Family Healthfest” including the 10,000 Step Community Health Walk, fitness demonstrations, health screenings and securing New York State Senate and Assembly dignitaries to commemorate the two-day event. Diane was the media spokesperson for CDPHP on physical activity related topics.
Owner of Hart to Heart Fitness since 1981, Diane is responsible for all business activities associated with the operation of Jacki’s Aerobic Fitness Programs Franchise. She authored a Personal Trainer Manual for training the professional client. Diane created the concept and coordinated all activities related to the annual Mother’s Day Walk held as part of the City of Albany Tulip Festival. This event included securing corporate sponsors and coordinating with the Special Events Department of the City of Albany. Her energetic and educational classes are multi-generational and many of her members have participated for more than 20 years! She is responsible for testing prototype fitness shoes and preparing written analysis and recommendations to Reebok, Inc.
In 2005, Diane partnered with the American Board of Obstetrics and Genecology and developed a physical activity prescription pad for distribution to obstetrician and gynecologist physician groups in New York State for their patients who presented with hypertension, hyperlipidemia or high BMI. This prescription pad was designed to direct the patient to a website where they could join an 8-week walking/physical activity program to reduce risk factors. Diane was subsequently invited to present at the Annual Conference of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Saratoga, NY and distributed the prescription pad to attendees.
As Chair of New York State Physical Activity Coalition Advocacy Committee (now BeActive New York State!) Diane utilized advocacy, communication and resource development to collaboratively address physical activity statewide and at the grassroots level. She recruited members from the private, public, non-profit and civic sectors to strengthen partnerships, promoted more “walkable communities” and implemented media strategies toward the goal of increased physical activity in New York State. Key player in the drafting of the Senate and Assembly legislation: “Physical Activity Promotion Act,” recruited Senate and Assembly sponsors and successfully lobbied both houses of the Legislature to enact this Legislation during the 2003 New York State Session.
As an ongoing consultant to St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, New York, Diane developed various informational and physical activity workshops and seminars for the “Pair of Hearts” cardiac risk intervention program. At Albany Medical Center Hospital and Capital Cardiology Group she was a consultant for the “LEARN” program designed to incorporate physical activity, nutrition and behavior modification support for patients identified at high risk for cardiovascular disease.
In her role as professional, motivational, public speaker on physical activity and health promotion, Diane presented at the American Public Health Association Conference, National Association for Health and Fitness Annual Meeting in collaboration with American College of Sports’ Medicine Annual Summit, St. Peter’s Hospital Conference Series, “Women’s Health in the New Millennium: Albany Medical Center Hospital Annual Conference on Diabetes; NYS Annual Economic Summit for Women; Cornell University (New York City) Staff Training Programs; American Heart Association Women’s Legacy Conference and Students Against Destructive Decisions/MADD Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
Awards and Distinctions
- Recipient of the 2013 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award for exemplary service and dedication to improving the lives of others by promoting and fostering opportunities for participation in fitness, sports and nutrition programs. Award presented by President Barrack Obama, and Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes, Co-Chairs of the President’s Council.
- Recipient of the 2010 National Association for Health and Fitness Gold Star Award presented since 1998 and honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the promotion and improvement of physical activity and sports for Americans of all ages.
- Recipient of the 2005 Silver Eagle National Leadership Award from the BeActive America! Board of Directors, Washington, DC. Diane was the second individual to receive this prestigious honor in the United States. This award was created in memory of C. Carson Conrad, who served five United States Presidents as Director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. This award recognizes Diane's lifelong commitment to physical fitness and health promotion.
- 2005 - American Heart Association Whittingham Award for outstanding volunteerism.
- 1999-2008 - American Heart Association Team Captain Award for highest contributions collected for the American Heart Association Annual Walk.
- 2001 Joseph W. Collen Award (NYS Department of Health) for outstanding contributions to chronic disease prevention and control.