about diane H. hart
Diane H. Hart, Owner of Hart to Heart Fitness, has 30 years of extensive experience in health and wellness. She is the architect of comprehensive national corporate wellness programs, a degreed health educator, facilitator for national health forums, medical fitness subject matter expert, specialist for workplace health seminars, keynote and motivational speaker, master personal trainer and professional fitness instructor. She is a champion of physical fitness and healthy environmental policy in Washington, D.C.
With more than 30 years of expertise, Diane has been a consummate role for health, wellness and stress management, pursuing opportunities for improvement and innovation. As a dedicated leader, she has developed global user-friendly health behavior-change programs and advocated for policy and environmental support for active living. She is a proud collaborator in public policy development and legislation in Washington, D.C. that addresses America's challenge of inspiring and empowering people to be physically active and take charge of their health. Diane inspires and motivates those around her and has contributed greatly to the noble purpose of healthier, active lifestyles.
Diane was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2017 as a Health Educator and Fitness Professional for a meritorious career and exemplary achievements in fitness and health education, and for dedicating her life to help others get fit and stay healthy.
She was honored in 2016 with the United States President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award for her great contributions to the advancement of physical activity, fitness, sports and nutrition-related programs nationwide. Diane was selected based on the span and scope of her career, the estimated number of lives she has touched and the impact of her legacy. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Community Leadership Award from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
In 2009, she was the second individual in the United States to receive the Silver Eagle National Leadership Award from BeActive America! This award recognized Diane's lifelong commitment to physical fitness and health promotion.
(NCCA), and trained by the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a degreed Health Educator Provider for Blue Shield of Northeastern New York and Health Fitness, Inc., providing weekly seminars for their employer groups and employees on diverse health-related topics.
Since 2010, Diane has tirelessly served as President and Executive Director of the National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF), which was founded in 1979 by the U.S. President's Council on Sports and Fitness and represents the network of Governors' Councils and State Coalitions for Health and Fitness in the USA and its territories. In this role, she is
an original architect and Chair of Global Employee Health and Fitness Month (GEHFM), which strives to make healthy the norm in the workplace. Over 1.2 million people have participated in GEHFM. Under her leadership and direction, NAHF and its members have been leaders in presenting capacity-building national forums that "bridges the gap" between federal and state's actions and unites researchers and community practitioners.
As a United Nations Consultant regarding global non-communicable disease, Diane attended the passage of the General Assembly Resolution addressing the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases worldwide through physical activity, particularly in developing countries.
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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Diane is a current board member and subject matter expert for both the MedFit Network and the Governor's Councils on Sports and Fitness. She has designed and implemented global, national and local group fitness and corporate wellness programs for more than 30 years, and is an owner of a Jacki Sorensen Fitness franchise.
From 2005 to 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 to the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Chronic Disease prevention since 2000, and facilitated the implementation for "Move for Life" at over 150 corporations, universities and colleges. She became the architect of the Managed Care Plan joint workplace wellness project, which resulted in over 17,000 individuals in eight health plans across New York State participating in "Move for Life."
As Chair of the New York State Physical Activity Coalition (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. As a key player in the drafting of Senate and Assembly legislation, "Physical Activity Promotion Act," she recruited Senate and Assembly sponsors and successfully lobbied both houses of the Legislature to enact this legislation.
As an ongoing consultant to St. Peter's Hospital in 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.
Diane has partnered with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and developed a physical activity prescription pad for distribution to obstetrician gynecologist physician groups in New York State for their patients who present with hypertension, hyperlipidemia or high Body Mass Index.
As a consultant to Boston Sports and Shoulder Center in Massachusetts, Diane created the successful worksite resilience eight-month program entitled "Healthier, Happier, U" in 2017. The program included physical activity, nutrition, stress reduction and health seminars toward point accumulation and prizes.
In her role as a professional and motivational speaker on physical activity and health promotion, Diane has presented at the American Public Health Association Conference, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Conference, NAHF Health and Fitness Forum in collaboration with American College of Sports Medicine Annual Summit, Albany Medical Center Conference on Diabetes, NYS Annual Economic Summit for Women, Cornell University Staff Training Programs, American Heart Association Women's Legacy Conference, Public Employees Risk Management Summits, and SADD and MADD conferences, among many others.