Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]
Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]
Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
At age 74, I know that the second half of life can be the best part of life. But in order to enjoy it, we have to actively reduce our risk for disease as we age. I don’t want anybody to go through even one day of experiencing poor health or worrying about their health when we know that longevity is directly linked to making the right lifestyle choices.
I came to this knowledge the hard way. Up until I was almost 60, I ate badly and I didn’t exercise, even though I had access to the latest studies in medicine. The turning point for me was when I got lab results that showed that I was on a path towards diabetes, heart disease, and death.
Then I got a hold of Bill Phillips’ “Muscle Media” magazine, read it, and decided to take my health back into my own hands. I entered his Body-for-LIFE contest in order to drop body fat and increase muscle mass and strength. With a single-minded focus I was able to win the contest for my age group that very same year.
Five years later, I learned about hormone replacement therapy, and at age 65, I added that to my regimen. It’s been almost ten years and I continue to see a steady improvement; the better I look, the healthier I have become.
This doesn’t mean that I’m perfect every day. But when I mess up I’ll take out my before photos to remind me of how far I’ve come. I’ll also get out my old cardiac report that showed that I had advanced coronary artery disease and give myself another wakeup call.
I know that what I’m preaching isn’t easy: taking care of our bodies is hard work. Every single thing we put in our mouths can either hurt us or help us. And the single biggest mistake people make is that they don’t do enough cardio training. But take it from me: medical science now has the knowledge and the technology that will enable all of us to follow a different path than our parents took with their aging process. We don’t have to resign ourselves to feeling old as we age. We just have to get started.
– Dr. Jeffry Life