Name: Diane Dixon, Olympian
Where do you live: Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY
Current Occupation: Head Men’s Track & Field Coach at ASA College
1. What are your greatest accomplishments when it comes to physical fitness, sports and/or nutrition?
My greatest accomplishments would have to be my Olympic Medals, becoming the first American Woman to win a World Indoor Title and breaking the American Indoor Record in the 400 Meters. Being part of the USA Outdoor Record Holder on the 4×400 Meter Relay which stands that people remember and recognize you for 27 years later is amazing. Athletic accomplishments that makes history makes you part of a global international forum that people can appreciate and strive to be just like you.
2. How are you currently involved in giving back to your community?
I am involved with a few community based organizations and I have a website www.dianedixon400plus.com that you can go to and see services that I offer to give back to the community. I would like to do more but I believe I’m Brooklyn’s Best Kept Secret”.
3. What do you do on a daily basis to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I drink 8 glasses of water daily. In the morning I drink 8 oz of water with a half of a squeezed lime, a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and a pinch of baking soda daily to curb my appetite and a half of an hour later I put fresh cucumbers in my water bottle. This reduces bloatiness and of course my favorite Yogi Detox Tea with fresh ginger and mint leaves.
4. Who do you have the most impact on in your community (adults, children, seniors)?
I would have to say due to my extensive athletic/academic background, I have the most impact on anybody.
5. What is your favorite activity for staying active?
My favorite activity would be sailing. I love the ocean because it makes me feel at peace, spiritual, serene and relaxing.
6. Do you prepare your own meals, eat out or a little of both?
I try and prepare my own foods. I am a Pescatarian (eat seafood). Eating out is great sometimes but you don’t know what ingredients are in there.
7. What is the best advice you have ever received on maintaining balance in your life and from who?
The best advice I was given was from John Smith (Olympic Coach) in 1989. He told me I had an “aura” about me and as I go through life, it may be difficult unless I surround myself with people like me because my personality was so strong and could be intimidating and he was right.
8. Do you have a current motto when it comes to healthy living?
I do, but I need to get a patent on it first.
9. How do you start your day off in the morning?
I start my day off in prayer and thankful for continued blessings for me and my family. And reaching my milestone age to finally being able to do my first love which is coaching.
10. Any thing else you’d like to share?
I am often misunderstood and if you get to know me then you’d really appreciate me!