Meet Joyce Hanna
Meet Joyce Hanna
Joyce Hanna is the associate director of the Health Improvement Program (HIP) and has been with HIP since 1991. She founded and is director of the Living Strong, Living Well program, a national fitness/strength training program for cancer survivors and patients. She is also the program director of the popular Stanford Alumni Healthy Living Retreat for Women held annually at Fallen Leaf Lake.
Joyce has graduate degrees from Stanford University (education) and California State University, East Bay (exercise physiology and nutrition). As an exercise physiologist, nutritionist, and health educator, Joyce has worked extensively helping people make positive lifestyle changes. She has developed and conducted health education seminars — on nutrition, weight management, exercise physiology, behavior change, healthy aging, and women’s health — in settings from academia to corporations and hospitals.
Her community leadership is valued as a past consultant to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, a member of the Stanford Health Library Advisory Board, and past president of Lifelong Fitness Alliance (a national organization involved in research and education on physical activity and aging). Presently, Joyce is a board member of Bay Area Cancer Connections.
Having studied the process of behavior change, Joyce uses these strategies for herself as well as for people with whom she works. It took her a year to add strength training to her routine, so she understands the challenges in forming a new habit. She is rewarded seeing people make changes to achieve their weight goals and other health goals.
Joyce is a former competitive marathon runner. She enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren, husband, and friends. She also enjoys mountain hiking, running, biking, golf, reading, and seeing good movies.