Remembering the Legacy of Hans Diehl, 1946 – 2023

Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN,

It is with profound sadness that we announce that Dr. Hans Diehl peacefully passed away at Loma Linda University Medical Center on August 2, 2023, due to an AFib-related stroke. Hans was passionate about loving people and healthy living and leaves behind a legacy that has forever transformed the way we approach health and wellness. His love for life and willingness to serve others will live on through each of us through his example.

No public memorial service will be held as per Hans’ request to his family. However, your tributes, memories, and photos with Hans would be appreciated and treasured and can be emailed to: or mailed to The Diehl Family, PO Box 474, Loma Linda, CA 92354.

“Thank you for your generous love and friendship to Hans and our family” – the Diehl Family.

Founder of Lifestyle Medicine Institute – CHIP/Pivio

In the wake of Dr. Hans Diehl’s passing, we remember a visionary who not only pioneered the field of Lifestyle Medicine but also ignited a transformative journey toward healthier lives. Dr. Diehl’s physical presence may have left us, but the enduring impact of his work continues to shape our understanding of wellness and inspire positive change.

Pioneering Lifestyle Medicine and Inspiring Healthier Lives

A true champion of preventive medicine, Dr. Diehl was the esteemed founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute, a renowned institution committed to promoting healthier lifestyles and preventing chronic diseases through evidence-based practices. Throughout his illustrious career, he touched countless lives as a mentor, professor, and researcher, leaving an indelible mark on the medical community and beyond.

A true champion of preventive medicine

Dr. Diehl’s dedication to advancing the field of Lifestyle Medicine was evident in his numerous groundbreaking publications, which contributed significantly to our understanding of the vital role lifestyle plays in achieving optimal health. His exceptional insights and pioneering research have inspired generations of healthcare professionals and individuals alike to embrace healthier habits.

A gifted author and a captivating speaker

Beyond his academic achievements, Dr. Diehl was a gifted author and a captivating speaker, using his eloquence and passion to advocate for transformative change in the way we perceive and manage our well-being. His words resonated with audiences worldwide, encouraging millions to take charge of their health and embark on a journey toward a better, more vibrant life.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Diehl was the visionary behind the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a comprehensive lifestyle intervention that has empowered countless individuals to make lasting, positive changes in their health. His compassionate and empathetic approach to patient care earned him the admiration and gratitude of all who crossed his path.

One of America’s 20 Health Superheroes

In recognition of his immense contributions, Dr. Diehl was honored as “One of America’s 20 Health Superheroes,” a fitting tribute to his lifelong commitment to fostering healthier communities. His dedication and achievements were to be further acknowledged with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, scheduled to be bestowed upon him this November.

Dr. Hans Diehl’s departure leaves a void in the medical world, but his legacy will continue to shine brightly through the lives he has touched and the ripple effect of his work. As we mourn his passing, we are reminded of the profound impact he made and the importance of his mission, which lives on in all those who continue to carry the torch of Lifestyle Medicine.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, colleagues, and countless individuals whose lives were forever changed by his wisdom and compassion. Dr. Hans Diehl’s spirit will remain alive in the hearts of all those he inspired, and his legacy will endure as an eternal beacon of hope for healthier, happier lives.

Hans Diehl: Bridging Inspirations to Ignite the Romanian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

As we bid farewell to the visionary Dr. Hans Diehl, we are reminded not only of his monumental contributions to Lifestyle Medicine but also of the profound inspiration he offers us. Dr. Diehl’s legacy is a bridge that connects his pioneering work to the potential for positive change in our own lives and the lives of those around us, including the creation of the Romanian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

This bridge of inspiration extends beyond geographical boundaries, inviting us to adapt his principles to our local context. As we remember Dr. Diehl’s legacy, we’re reminded of the potential for positive transformation here in Romania. Establishing the Romanian Society of Lifestyle Medicine is a manifestation of this potential, a way to honor his legacy while addressing the unique health challenges our society faces.

Just as Dr. Diehl’s work touched countless lives, let us envisage the Romanian Society of Lifestyle Medicine as a catalyst for change. Through this platform, we can extend his influence by promoting healthier living, raising awareness about the profound impact of lifestyle choices, and fostering a community dedicated to holistic well-being.

Dr. Diehl’s legacy not only encourages us to establish this society but also reminds us that a single spark of inspiration can ignite a movement. By weaving his insights into the fabric of our efforts, we can collectively build a healthier future for our nation. As we take this step, let us remember that even though he is no longer with us, his influence continues to guide our journey.

In founding the Romanian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, we pay tribute to Dr. Diehl’s vision while weaving our own chapter into the evolving story of Lifestyle Medicine. May this bridge of inspiration carry us forward, as we embrace the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of our fellow Romanians.

Rest in peace

Rest in peace, Dr. Hans Diehl. Your journey on this earth may have ended, but your influence will live on, guiding us toward a healthier, more enlightened future. Your dedication to promoting lifestyle medicine and your visionary creation of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute – CHIP/Pivio have left an indelible mark on how we approach health and well-being.

Your legacy isn’t just in the groundbreaking work you achieved, but in the countless lives you touched and transformed. Your passion for healthier living and your unwavering commitment to spreading knowledge and awareness continues to inspire individuals and communities alike.

As we reflect on our life’s work, we are reminded that true greatness is measured not only by accomplishments but by the positive impact we have on the lives of others. You have shown us that through education, compassion, and determination, one person can spark a movement that ripples through generations.

Though you may have left this physical realm, your ideas, principles, and the love you shared with your family and colleagues will forever resonate with us. As we move forward, we carry your torch, striving to honor your memory by furthering the causes you held dear. Your legacy will forever remind us that a life lived with purpose can create a lasting legacy that transcends time.

Rest assured, your light will continue to guide us as we navigate the path you’ve illuminated. Thank you, Dr. Hans Diehl, for showing us what it means to make a difference, and may you find eternal peace in the embrace of the universe you so beautifully embraced during your time with us.

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