Scientist, adventurer, medical professional, and internationally-known expert in healthy aging, Ann Louise Johnson is the creator and founder of WildHeart Strong LLC, which teaches people how to age fiercely—to live life as an exciting adventure and feel healthier, stronger, and more vital at every age.
For Ann, just being here is a miracle: she was one of only three children who lived after her parents’ first nine children died immediately after birth. She grew up with two driving passions: the outdoors, where she always felt at home; and science. Ann wanted to know why she had survived while those other children had died. She wanted to discover what causes people to get sick or to be healthy.
As a registered nurse for 40 years, Ann worked both sides of the 911 call. “As a critical care nurse in trauma and intensive care units, I worked with accident victims and people with life-threatening (and often life-ending) illnesses,” she says. “But eventually I wanted to see if I could keep people out of the ER by helping them stay healthier longer.” She accepted a position in one of the largest retirement communities in Pennsylvania, eventually becoming the director. It was there that an encounter with a 90-year-old warrior inspired Ann’s groundbreaking research into successful aging.
Ann discovered the difference between those who ended up incapacitated and in nursing homes and those who were still running marathons in their 80s was physical, mental, and emotional fitness. She was first in her area to work with hundreds of people ages 60-90 to strengthen their muscles as well as their minds and attitudes, helping them reverse the effects of aging and live healthier, longer, stronger lives. Her results led her to speak at medical and professional conferences all over the world.
In 2011 Ann founded WildHeart Strong, a company to help people change the way they age and rewrite the last half of life’s story from the fear of aging to aging fiercely. Ann uses the latest scientific research in molecular biology and biochemistry, combined with practical functional medicine principles, and cutting-edge work in mental and emotional fitness, to create personalized health plans for clients of any age and fitness level. And because aging fiercely is not about health, but about what you do with stronger health, Ann leads WildHeart Strong adventures that crystallize these plans into daily life, providing exhilarating, instructive, and awe-inspiring experiences that many clients have only dreamed about. Everything from snorkeling and scuba diving in the Caribbean to an International Space Station visit are on the WildHeart Strong “bucket list.”
“To be WildHeart Strong means to believe that life is an amazing adventure, a journey of exploration, discover and experience,” Ann says. “It’s an attitude and a mindset that pushes you and stretches you beyond the realm of normal experience into a new place of wonder and awe.”
Ann’s step-by-step curriculum shows how you can change the way you age. Anyone can reverse the effects of aging, live life as an exciting adventure and feel healthier, stronger, and more vital.
In 2013, Ann created and founded Younitype© to educate clients about DNA, genes and personalized biochemistry that can boost health. Younitype, the name, captures the power of genes in what scientists call our genotype and the performance of those genes, called our phenotype. You have the power to boost your performance and empower some genes to work for you. It starts with a journey into your 8-genetic triggers. Know these eight; implement an action plan to boost these eight; personalize it by matching it to your specific genetic, biochemical and lifestyle information. This is a lifelong tactical strategy for best health. And its for the strong of heart, the courageous, the warriors and those looking for hope again.