Love and Health shares a twenty four year odyssey, in which Jerry Ainsworth reversed the deadly effects of anger, creating a program and model of love that changed a university and a hospital.
Jerry Ainsworth was raised in Louisiana where he received a B.S. degree in health sciences from Northwestern Louisiana State University. He subsequently obtained an MPH in public health from Yale University and an Ed.D. from the University of Arkansas. During his collegiate years, he competed as a gymnast, trampolinist, and diver and served as an official at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. He pursued postdoctoral studies with the department of Social Medicine at the Universidad Nacional Autonama in Mexico City. During more than thirty years of teaching and administering college courses on health at Southern Connecticut State University, Jerry Ainsworth developed and ran parallel health programs in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras, frequently taking American student groups there. He also worked with the Schweitzer Institute to address health problems among the Hiuchol Indians. During his long academic career, he created the renowned International Love and Health Congress, which he conducted in Connecticut for ten years. Jerry Ainsworth served two years as a missionary in Ontario and Quebec and five years as chaplain and Coordinator Of Spiritual Enrichment at Griffin Hospital, Connecticut. His great personal love has been the study of Mayan culture. An accomplished pilot, boatman, and scuba diver, he has used these skills to investigate many ancient ruins in Mesoamerica. He is beloved by his students and has consistently been rated an outstanding teacher in lectures and seminars. He is currently in high demand as a speaker, counselor and consultant.