Words that Changed the World

Ardath Rodale, the company’s Chief Inspiration Officer and co-chairman of the board of the Rodale Institute, spent most of her adult life immersed in the family business. She was a guiding force throughout the company’s history, from nurturing the business in its early years to designing energy-efficient Rodale office buildings to assuming the role of CEO after the death of her husband, Robert Rodale. A strong believer in making the world a better place, she became an AIDS activist after her son David died from the disease, and she received numerous awards and honors recognizing her professional accomplishments and community service, including being named one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs in the World by the Star Group and a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. The author of four books, she obtained a degree in art education from Kutztown University and was the mother of 5 and grandmother of 11.The title “Chief Inspiration Officer” is so apt: Ardath Rodale–known as Ardie–not only inspired Prevention’s millions of readers, but she renewed our creativity and motivation each month, too. In “Reflections,” her monthly column that has appeared in Prevention since September 1995, she shared wise and wonderful words with all of us.In remembrance… Read full this story

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