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Rodale Manufacturing, a maker of electrical wiring devices, moves from New York City to a former silk mill in Emmaus, Pennsylvania; J.I. Rodale establishes a publishing business.
Rodale Press publishes its first major book, Verb-Finder, a “storehouse of words,” edited by Professor Kingsbury M. Badger of Muhlenberg College.
J.I. and Anna Rodale buy a farm in Emmaus, Pennsylvania; become acquainted with, and excited about, botanist Sir Albert Howard’s ideas on the connection between soil and health. J.I. begins to transform his property into a working organic farm with gardens dedicated to early organic research experiments. Today, the Rodale Organic Farm is a 40-acre certified organic farm and arboretum.
Eager to share his experience from his Emmaus farm with the public, J.I. Rodale publishes Organic Farming and Gardening.
Prevention, a medical pamphlet, begins publication; the first issue, entirely about polio, attracts 50,000 subscribers.
Prevention is one of the first outlets to report on the connection between smoking and lung cancer.
Rodale acquires Bicycling, which began as American Cycling newsletter in 1964. Bob Rodale assumes his new role of Chief Executive Officer.
Rodale Press Inc. becomes one of the first large U.S. companies to establish a no-smoking policy.
Rodale acquires Runner’s World and Cross-Country Skier.
The Runner is acquired and merged with Runner’s World.
Prevention tests a new concept — a special called Men’s Health.
Men’s Health magazine launches.
The Doctors Book of Home Remedies sells 2 million copies.
Rodale begins its international expansion with the launch of Runner’s World UK. Runner’s World South Africa and Germany follow soon after.
Rodale Books establishes offices in the United Kingdom.
Men’s Health Latin America becomes the magazine’s first international edition.
Rodale Inc. replaces Rodale Press Inc. as its corporate name. Rodale Inc. is named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.
Picture Perfect Weight Loss becomes Rodale’s first New York Times bestseller.
Rodale opens a state-of-the-art child care center to accommodate 160 children of Rodale employees.
The South Beach Diet becomes Rodale Inc.’s first title to reach #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list, with 5 million copies in print by the year’s end.
Rodale expands its international footprint with new editions of Men’s Health in Singapore, Malaysia, Greece, Poland, and China.
Rodale Books marks a record year in sales of best-selling titles. Pete Rose: My Prison Without Bars becomes Rodale’s second #1 New York Times bestseller.
Rodale launches Women’s Health.
Men’s Health becomes the top-selling men’s magazine.
An Inconvenient Truth, by former Vice President Al Gore, reaches #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list.
Rodale is named Publishing Company of the Year by Advertising Age.
Thirteen Rodale books make The New York Times Best Sellers list, and the company acquires more than 5.3 million new customers.
Working Mother names Rodale to its list of Best 100 Companies for Working Mothers.
Women’s Health is named Magazine of the Year by Advertising Age.
Maria Rodale, J.I.’s granddaughter, debuts her book Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe.
Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni names Men’s Health the “Most Notable Launch of the Past 25 Years.”
Rodale Books publishes 14 New York Times bestsellers.
Men’s Health is one of three magazines to be included on the first iPad.
Al Gore’s Our Choice book app wins an Apple Design Award.
Rodale publishes 14 New York Times bestsellers, including The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone and Onward by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
Rodale publishes seven New York Times bestsellers, including Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD, and The Hunger Fix by Pam Peeke, MD.
Maria Rodale launches Rodale’s, a first-of-its-kind e-tail store that brings together the best in organic living to help shape the future of conscious consumerism.
The Honest Life by Jessica Alba and Recipes from My Home Kitchen by Christine Hà are among eight New York Times bestsellers published by Rodale this year. Wheat Belly sells more than 1 million copies.
Women’s Health earns a spot on Advertising Age’s A-List.
Rodale launches its 100th international edition.
Bicycling makes its debut on Advertising Age’s Magazine A-List; Women’s Health earns a spot on the coveted Adweek Hot List.
New York Times bestseller Thug Kitchen is released (and has remained on the New York Times Best Sellers list for more than 100 weeks).
Prevention announces a move to an ad-free business model, reflective of the brand’s bold new editorial vision.
Rodale Inc. CEO Maria Rodale authors her first cookbook, Scratch: Home Cooking for Everyone Made Simple, Fun, and Totally Delicious.
Plan to launch Rodale Kids Imprint in Fall 2017 is announced.
Rodale’s Organic Life is a rebranding of Rodale Inc.’s 70-year-old flagship brand, Organic Gardening, as a response to consumers’ growing interest in healthy living through an organic lifestyle. In early 2017, the brand announced a new content strategy to evolve the brand into a robust digital, social, experiential and e-commerce-led business. The magazine ceased print publication with the February/March 2017 issue.