John van Heel

In the past 40 year, the founder of the New Health Foundation, John van Heel, is putting effort in awareness and guidance of a healthy lifestyle, using the ACSM, WHO and Health Council guidelines of healthy living and prevention. This led to the foundation that is reaching out to a network of 450 ambassadors the Netherlands and a growing network in Europe, with lifestyle and prevention items, about healthy and active living, healthy eating, increasing motivation, mental strength, mindset and physical or mental relaxation.

John was initiator of the development of the knowledge files and protocols of Overweight/obesity, diabetic and NAH (non-congenital brain disorder) for fitness professionals and worked with NL Active on the certification and quality program for prevention centers. The New Health Foundation is closely involved in the prevention center and the education commission of NL Active (Dutch Fitness Federation).

John was also part of the Technical Educational Commission off Europe Active, for the development of the standard of diabetes and obesity and more recently for the development of the ‘Healthy Lifestyle promoter’ standard.

In 2013 John took initiative to translate the ACSM active living guidelines together with TNO, to a Dutch guideline, that led to the new Health Council active living guidelines, published in November 2017. John was guest speaker at the symposium of Health insurance VGZ, ‘Lifestyle is Medicine’ in November 2017 and member of the panel that advised Deputy Prime Minister of Public Health, Welfare and Sport, Hugo de Jonge, in March 2018 about the health prevention policy in the Netherlands.

Age: 60

Maried: with Regina since 1986

Children: Tim (27), Rick (24) and Sem (19)


– Preventive health

– Gaining insight and sharing knowledge about our human capacities

– Healthy Lifestyle and mindset coaching and lectures

– Family life


– Lifestyle Vitae Lifestyleclub since 1983

– EFAA education since 1988

– Lifestyleclub awareness network since 2003

– New Health foundation since 2017


– Research preventive health

– Writing books

– Playing Djembe

– Holiday’s with Regina and kids