M. Rippe, James
Dr. Rippe is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School with postgraduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the founder and director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. 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. A lifelong and avid athlete, Dr. Rippe maintains his personal fitness with a regular walk, jog, and weight-training program. He holds a black belt in karate and is an avid windsurfer, 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.