Author - Educator - Speaker - Coach - Entrepreneur - Humanitarian

Meet Dr. Francis Ardito

Dr. Francis Ardito


  • National Wellness Institute (NWI) – Circle of Leadership Inductee
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Loyola University Chicago with a Concentration in the New Sciences and Quantum Physics
  • NISOD Excellence Award – College Faculty
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science from University of Illinois at Chicago
  • United States Patent Award – Circular Fitness Apparatus and Method – US 7,169, 094 B2
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Kinesiology from University of Illinois at Chicago
  • World Powerlifting Congress – World Record Holder
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP)
  • Ni-Dan in Karate (Second Degree Black Belt)
  • National Wellness Institute (NWI) – Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP)
  • College Faculty of the Year Award (Nominee)
  • The Wellness Registry – Consumer Wellness Advocate Instructor (CWA-I)
  • Multiple Karate World Championship Titles as Coach
  • The Coaches Registry – Professional Coach Advocate Instructor (PCA-I)
  • American Sport Education Program (ASEP) – Coaching Principles Instructor
  • ISKC Karate Teacher of the Year
  • Avery Brundage Scholarship Recipient
  • College of Lake County – Learning Values Recognition Awards Recipient

Over Twenty-Five Years of Global Service – Over One-Million Touchpoints and Growing

Dr. Francis Ardito has enjoyed an illustrious global career in the field of health and wellness for over twenty-five years.

As an academic, he has authored seven books and numerous scholarly articles and related publications. Dr. Ardito currently serves as professor and department chair of health and wellness promotion at College of Lake County. Prior to this, he was a research scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health – Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Ardito has won major teaching honors each of his last ten years in higher education, including the NISOD Excellence Award. Prior to this, he was honored with Karate Teacher of the Year.

As a presenter/trainer, Dr. Francis Ardito has worked with hundreds of renowned groups and organizations. Some of these include; American Medical Association, National Wellness Institute, American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Disney, Advocate Health Care, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Rush Medical School, University of Illinois Medical School, Sprint, and numerous higher education institutions and hospitals. Recently, Dr. Ardito was inducted into the National Wellness Institute’s coveted Circle of Leadership for his contributions to the field of health and wellness.

Dr. Ardito is proud to serve others through coaching and consulting as well. He recently authored the first health and wellness coaching degree in the history of the United States. Dr. Francis Ardito has coached/consulted for groups including; Human Kinetics Publishing Co., World Book Publishing Co., Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Team (Click here to learn more), United States Karate Team, and thousands of professional and Olympic athletes, students, scholars, and distinguished individuals.

Visit the Dr. Francis Ardito Museum of Wellness and Health Promotion at the Green Bay Packers Wellness Center. Click here to go to the Fox News coverage and a virtual tour.

Entrepreneurship has been a staple in the career of Dr. Francis Ardito for over two decades. He is the holder of a substantial intellectual property portfolio, including United States Patent, trademarks, servicemarks, and copyrights.

Fifteen years ago, he opened up The Center for Health and Healing, one of the first truly holistic health and wellness centers in the United States. More recently, Dr. Ardito founded The Wellness Registry and the Consumer Wellness Advocate (CWA) Certification Program – the wellness equivalent to CPR. Representing the first consumer-wellness credential in history, thousands of individuals have been certified in the past couple of years. Additionally, he founded The Coaches Registry and the Professional Coach Advocate (PCA) Certification Program – designed to empower individuals to take a coaching approach to work and life.

Dr. Francis Ardito is proudest of his role as a humanitarian. For decades, he has championed the underserved. This has resulted in extensive outreach with the homeless, battered women, abused children, at-risk youth, and gifted individuals with special needs. Born and raised in the city of Chicago, Dr. Ardito is humbled and honored to continue to serve the community he graciously calls home.