Dr. Rippe is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School with post graduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently the Founder and Director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida.
Over the past 20 years Dr. Rippe has established and run the largest research organization in the world exploring how daily habits and actions impact short and long-term health and quality of life. This organization, Rippe Lifestyle Institute (RLI), has published hundreds of studies that form the scientific basis for the fields of lifestyle medicine and high performance health. Rippe Lifestyle Institute also conducts numerous studies every year on nutrition and healthy weight management.
Dr. Rippe also serves as the Chairman of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at the University of Central Florida (CLM at UCF). The CLM at UCF is the first University based organization to conduct basic research and teach students at all levels in the area of lifestyle medicine. The CLM at UCF is located in a state-of-the-art 8,000 square foot facility in the Research Park adjacent to the UCF campus. Dr. Rippe leads a team of UCF faculty conducting basic research in all aspects of lifestyle medicine at the CLM at UCF.
Dr. Rippe is regarded as one of the leading authorities on preventive cardiology, health and fitness and healthy weight loss in the United States. Under his leadership the Rippe Lifestyle Institute has conducted numerous research projects on cardiovascular risk factor reduction, fitness walking, weight loss, running, basketball, bodybuilding, cycling, rowing, cholesterol reduction and low fat diets. Laboratory members have presented over 200 papers at national medical and scientific meetings in the last ten years. Dr. Rippe has written over 300 publications on issues in medicine, health and fitness, and weight management. He has also written 41 books including 23 medical texts and 18 books on health and fitness for the general public including: Fitness Walking, (Perigee, 1985), The Sports Performance Factors (Perigee, 1986), and Fitness Walking for Women (Perigee, 1987). Both walking books were recipients of National American Health Book Awards. His book, on executive fitness, Fit for Success, was published by Prentice Hall Press in June 1989. His book on walking and weight loss, The Rockport Walking Program was published in the fall, 1989. His book, The Complete Book of Fitness Walking was published by Prentice Hall Press in June, 1990. His book, The Exercise Exchange Program, combining exercise and proper nutrition was published in February, 1992. Fit Over Forty, published in 1996, explores lifestyle issues related to cardiovascular health, particularly for individuals over the age of 40, and focuses on motivating people to take the simple steps to take charge of their health and lives. In essence, this book teaches people how to empower themselves to live a healthier lifestyle.
Dr. Rippe’s book, the Healthy Heart for Dummies serves as the flagship book for the new health division for the popular “… for Dummies” series. It was published in December, 1999. The sequel to this book, The Healthy Heart Cookbook for Dummies written by Dr. Rippe in collaboration with two research dietitians and featuring low fat, heart healthy recipes from 75 of the top chefs in America was published in May 2000. The Joint Health Prescription, published in May 2001, offers advice on how to keep joints healthy for life. His book Weight Loss that Lasts, written in collaboration with Weight Watchers, was published in December 2004. Dr. Rippe’s book, High Performance Health, emphasized that individuals should view good health as a platform for high performance rather than merely freedom from disease. It was published by Thomas Nelson Publishers in Spring, 2007.
Dr. Rippe’s book, Your Plan for a Balanced Life, focuses on physical activity, sound nutrition and emotional well being as the three pillars to achieve balance in life and improved health. It was published by Thomas Nelson Publishers in the winter of 2008.
Dr. Rippe also edits a major reference teaching physicians about diverse aspects of cardiovascular medicine and the impact of lifestyle decisions on good health. This book, Lifestyle Medicine, (2nd ed., CRC Press, 2013) is the first book to guide physicians in the diverse aspects of how to incorporate lifestyle recommendations into the practice of modern medicine. His intensive care textbook, Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive Care Medicine (7th edition, 2011; co-edited with Dr. Richard Irwin) is the world’s leading textbook on intensive and coronary care.
Dr. Rippe edits the only peer reviewed medical journal in lifestyle medicine, the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine which started publication in January 2007 (Sage Publications). AJLM is received by over 20,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals on a bi-monthly basis. He is also Editor in Chief of a two volume Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health (Sage Publications) which is scheduled to be published in early 2012.
Dr. Rippe's work has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS "BodyWatch," CBS Morning and Evening news and CNN and in a variety of print media including the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal and many monthly publications. He comments regularly on health and fitness for USA Today, American Health and Prevention. He served for three years as Medical Editor for the Television Food Network (TVFN).
In 1989 Dr. Rippe was named Fitness Educator of the Year by the International Dance Exercise Association (IDEA). In 1990 he was named one of the 10 national "Healthy American Fitness Leaders" by the United States Jaycees and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In 1992 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from IDEA. In 2000 he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Central Florida for his work at the Rippe Health Evaluation at Celebration Health. In 2001 he was appointed to the Florida Council of 100 by Governor Jeb Bush.
A lifelong and avid athlete Dr. Rippe maintains his personal fitness with a regular walk, jog, swimming and weight training program. He holds a black belt in karate and is an avid wind surfer, skier and tennis player. He lives outside of Boston with his wife, television news anchor Stephanie Hart and their four children, Hart, Jaelin, Devon and Jamie.