Cory Everson - 2008 NFHOF Inductee
Born: January 4, 1958
Hometown: Racine, WI
Cory Everson is an American female bodybuilding champion and actress. She won the Ms. Olympia contest six years in a row from 1984 to 1989. She was born in Racine, Wisconsin and attended high school in Deerfield, Illinois. She attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was a multi-sport standout (gymnastics, track& field and badminton).
Cory was the original host of the fitness show BodyShaping which she also produced. She also hosted her own exercise show on ESPN, Cory Everson's Gotta Sweat for seven years.
After retiring from bodybuilding competition, the 6-time Ms. Olympia began acting. Her first major movie appearance was in Double Impact in 1991 alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme. Cory has made a number of TV guest appearances, most notably playing Atalanta on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. In 1991 Everson appeared on “To Tell The Truth Game Show.”
Bob Gajda - 2008 NFHOF Inductee
Born: September 13, 1940 – Died: January 16, 2022
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Bob won Mr. Chicago, Mr. Illinois, and Mr. Midwest, among many other contests in his career, virtually every contest that he was eligible to enter! In 1965 and '66 Bob Gajda won the three biggest bodybuilding competitions in the nation and in the world: Mr. USA, Mr. America and Mr. Universe.
Bob held two Masters Degrees and developed the Peripheral Heart Action system of circuit training which was put to use in gyms from Chicago to Muscle Beach. He founded Gajda Health Plus Network and was the Executive Director. Gajda Health Plus Network offered a wide variety of services including physical therapy, total body training, personal training, chiropractic care, pain management, podiatry and sports medicine. Over the years, Bob had worked with and trained champion professional athletes and bodybuilders. He was a noted author and holds a number of patents on fitness, exercise and rehabilitation products.
In the community, he has served as a Director of the American Cancer Society and Assistant Director of the Robert Crown Center for Health and Education.
Professional affiliations include American College of Sports Medicine, American School Health Association, American Corrective Therapy Association, Institute of General Semantics and the American Kinesiotherapy Association. He was named Kinesiotherapist of the Year in 1987 by the American Kinesiotherapy Association.
Kathy Kaehler - 2008 NFHOF Inductee
Nationally-recognized healthy living spokesperson Kathy Kaehler is America’s go-to resource for the best in knowledge, products and programs, captivating audiences across the country with her exceptional combination of unparalleled knowledge and real-world experience.
For more than 30 years, Kathy has been a trusted expert in the national media spotlight, helping everyone from the soccer mom to the celebrity superstar get in shape and adopt a healthy lifestyle. A working mom who has worked with A-list Hollywood celebrities including Julia Roberts, Michele Pfeiffer, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Aniston, Kathy is the creator of Sunday Set-Up,™ an online subscription program featuring a signature system for organizing food at the beginning of the week, ensuring healthy snacks and meals make it to the table all week long.
A hands-on healthy living advocate who passionately lives what she teaches, Kathy is in-demand as a spokesperson who loves to share the best in products, programs and nutrition with fans who look to her for guidance and inspiration for healthy living. She continues to serve as the celebrity spokesperson for international health and nutrition company USANA and has worked with other high-profile brands including Pretzel Crisps, HealthyOnes, Propel, Vaseline, Nasonex, Ragu, Boniva, Milk Board, Chilean Fruit Board, MioWatch, Walkmill, Serta, Breyers, and Enell. While representing the Walkmill, Kathy appeared twice on QVC, each time selling out the portable treadmill.
As a prolific and best-selling author, Kathy’s most recent book, Mom Energy…A Simple Plan To Live Fully Charged, supports mothers who want to live energized and fulfilled lives, for themselves and for their families. Other previous titles include Teenage Fitness, Kathy Kaehler’s Celebrity Workouts, Real World Fitness and Fit and Sexy for Life. She currently writes a weekly blog for The Huffington Post and has written for Elle, Self and Women’s Sports and Fitness and provided training tips for InStyle, Us Weekly, Shape, Fitness, Family Circle, Health, More, Woman’s Day magazines, MSNBC.com and more.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, MD - 2008 NFHOF Inductee
Born: February 26, 1852 - Died: December 14, 1943
Hometown: Tyrone Township, Michigan
Dr. Kellogg was an American medical doctor, nutritionist, inventor, health activist, and businessman. He was the director of the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Kellogg was a major leader in progressive health reform, particularly in the second phase of the “Clean Living” movement. He wrote extensively on science and health. His approach to "biologic living" combined scientific knowledge with Adventist beliefs, promoting health reform, temperance and sexual abstinence. The sanitarium approached treatment in a holistic manner, actively promoting vegetarianism, nutrition, the use of enemas to clear intestinal flora, exercise, sun-bathing, hydrotherapy, and abstention from smoking, drinking and sexual activity.
As one of the nation's first proponents of integral medicine, he saw himself as a health reformer fighting to improve body, mind and soul through a program he called “biologic living.” His messianic zeal for wellness stemmed largely from his Seventh-day Adventist faith; groomed by the faith’s founders to be a church leader from a young age.
Charles T. Kuntzleman - 2008 NFHOF Inductee
Born: November 4, 1940
Hometown: Bloomsburg, Pennsyvania
Charlie's career began at his alma mater, Muhlenberg College, where he was the assistant professor of physical education and coached football, track, lacrosse, and wrestling. In 1968, he moved to the Lehigh County Community College, as the assistant professor of physical education and lecturer in anatomy and physiology. After focusing mainly on teaching, Charlie became a consultant for Rodale Press and the national program director for the YMCA — Fitness Finders.
Charlie's impact on the arena of physical activity is known around the world. He has dedicated his life to teaching and advocating for quality physical education. Not only is he the co-owner of Fitness Finders, Inc., of Spring Arbor, he is also Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan, and Chair of the Michigan Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.
He and his wife, Beth, have always emphasized physical activity and nutrition to their five children and eight grandchildren. Anyone who has worked with Charlie can tell you that his passion for physical activity and health is contagious, and he is a great motivator and advocate of health.
Don R. Powell, PhD - 2008 NFHOF Inductee
Dr. Don R. Powell is the President and CEO of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The Institute is a leading developer and provider of health management programs and self-care publications. It is internationally recognized for its ability to present health information in a format that consumers can easily understand and are motivated to follow, thereby reducing health care costs and absenteeism. Over 11,500 corporations, hospitals, MCOs, unions, and government agencies use its HealthyLife® self-care guides and wellness materials and its smoking cessation, weight control, and stress management programs. Some of its clients include Ford, AT&T, Citibank, Merck, CBS, Exxon, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the Centers for Disease Control, Baylor Medical Center, U.S. Army, CIA, and the Department of Health & Human Services.
Dr. James Stoxen, DC - 2008 NFHOF Inductee
Born: February 22, 1962
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Dr. James Stoxen, D.C. owns and operates Team Doctors Chiropractic Treatment and Training Center. Team Doctors is one of the first care centers in the world to combine chiropractic care, therapy, active rehabilitation and strength training for world class athletes in a private rehab training center for competitions. Dr. Stoxen also provides “on-site” chiropractic care and anti-aging consultation and care to numerous top celebrity entertainers all over the world.
Dr. Stoxen also has an extensive background in sports medicine and in 2008, he was inducted into the prestigious National Fitness Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was also inducted into the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame He has been the team chiropractor at many national and world championships. He has chaired medical committees for numerous international sports organizations and has been a chiropractor for many national and world championships in many countries. He was a member of the prestigious “Muscle and Fitness” Editorial Advisory Board from 1992 – 2003. He has had columns, published numerous articles and textbook chapters for other international publications.
Dr. Stoxen is an avid athlete and competes in races as a barefoot runner. To read how he discovered the Human Spring Model and approach to examination, treatment, training and progressive prevention of aging and why he is a barefoot athlete!
Michael Steven Thurmond - 2008 NFHOF Inductee
Born: May 3, 1949 - Died: June 18, 2013
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Michael served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a weight loss expert who transformed the bodies of thousands of clients, including numerous celebrities, over the last 30 years through his own customized "blueprinting" technique.
In the early 1980's, Michael started "6 Week Body Makeover" in San Francisco and it became an immediate success. He later moved to Los Angeles and became part of the "expert" team of the hit ABC reality series, "Extreme Makeover," where he helped participants attain their ideal weight. In 2000, Michael and Provida Life Sciences developed "Michael Thurmond's 6-Week Body Makeover" infomercial and product. It became one of the highest performing infomercials since its inception. With regular appearances on Home Shopping Network, Michael heard from people all over the country who told him "I did the program and it really works! I now have the body I always dreamed of."
Michael's company was honored with a Congressional medal for his "Mind, Body, Action" program, which aimed to help battle childhood obesity by motivating kids to exercise regularly and to develop healthy eating habits. Michael will be remembered for his generosity, compassion and gentle spirit. He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Tamilee Webb - 2008 NFHOF Inductee
Born: September 20, 1958
Hometown: Rio Del, California
Tamilee, “Ms. Buns of Steel,” earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and a Master of Arts degree in Exercise Science both attained at California State University, Chico.
Millions of fans worldwide have long admired Tamilee's no-nonsense approach to mind, body, health and fitness that can be achieved within the home. Her energy, exuberance and specially designed proven weight loss workout programs have consistently elevated her to the top of the Billboard charts. Her four best-selling books "The Original Rubber Band Workout" (sold in six countries and translated into five languages), "Step-up Fitness", both published by Workman Publishers, third book, "Workout for Dummies" (IDG Books), and her newest book "Defy Gravity Workout" have contributed to the renown that she has so deservedly earned.
Tamilee has been a co-host on the Health Network Channel's aerobic fitness shows now known as Discoveries "Fit TV." She has also hosted ESPN's Fitness Pro Series, and consulted on Fox Sports Fitness show "Body Squad." She is best known for her Buns of Steel series that has sold more than 10 million copies. Tamilee's knowledge and acquired experience, combined with her contagious energy, and effervescent personality, have made her an ideal guest speaker.