Daniel Johnson, Executive Director

Daniel A. Johnson has been the Executive Director of the Wellness Council of Arizona for more than 22 years. As a Health Promotion Specialist, Dan has been successful in the area of motivating human change. He has owned and operated 20 athletic/fitness centers throughout the Southwest. He has written, produced and appeared in over 100 radio and television campaigns promoting fitness and quality of life. Dan is active as a personal trainer having worked with cardiac recovery patients along with advanced athletes and general populations.

Dan is the originator of “STRIVE” motivational programs, which focus on human dynamics and personal potential. “STRIVE” has been presented for major corporations such as IBM, Raytheon and Farah Clothing along with over 5,000 youth. Dan is a guest motivational speaker at Canyon Ranch Health Resort presenting “Discovering the Gift that is You!” and “Health & Happiness are in Your Hands.” Dan specializes in the areas of motivation and inspiration. He has spoken at over 200 different corporations along with numerous conferences and retreats.  Dan has been a professional athlete having held national sponsorships as a racquetball player. Wilson Sporting Goods and Ektelon Racquet Sports were two of his sponsors.

As part of Dan’s community involvement, he has worked with Senior Olympics, spoken with many civic groups, and has served as Training Chairman of the Explorer Boy Scouts of the Catalina Council. Dan served as a member of the Wellness Councils of America’s Board of Directors for three years.   Dan has served on the Southern Arizona Advisory Board for the American Diabetes Association, the Arizona Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health along with the advisory board for the Arizona Department of Health Services’ “Healthy Arizona 2010”. Dan serves on the Leadership Council of the Arizona Living Well Institute, the Arizona Diabetes Program Leadership Council and the YMCA Diabetes Coalition. In 2003, the National Partnership for Wellness was formed and Dan became the President.  The Partnership is dedicated to advancing health promotion through collaborations in worksites and communities for individuals and their families.