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Ellen Jaffe Jones was voted the current PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Sexiest Vegan over 50 after a global contest that included hundreds of contestants. She is currently 1st in her age group in FL in the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500 meters which qualifies her again to compete in Nationals in 2015. She is a certified personal trainer and running coach. Ellen spent 18 years in television news as an investigative reporter and anchor and has eaten a vegan diet for most of the past 35 years.
Ellen is currently 7th in the US in her age group (National Senior Games '13) in the 1500 meters, 10th in the 400, 16th in the 200, and 19th in the 100 meters.
She was 3rd in State (FL) in 2012 in the 200, 400 and 1500 meters, 4th in State in the 100 meters. She had to finish in the top 3 locally, then the top 4 in State to qualify for Nationals. Her 100 meter times were :06 slower than NCAA girls' personal records listed in the University of Southern California Track & Field Media Guide.
She has currently placed in 84 5K or longer races for her age group since '06 including 4 Senior Grand Masters awards. She has finished 2 marathons (5th oldest female at '10 Palm Beaches Marathon), 8 half marathons, placing in one of those. It is rare for anyone with her sprint times to have ever finished a marathon. She reports plenty of energy and easy recovery on a plant-based diet, even though many tell her at races that running vegan is impossible/difficult.
Ellen has won the highest awards in broadcasting, including two Emmys and 1st Place for the National Press Club's Consumer Reporting Award. After leaving television, she earned high returns for her clients as a financial consultant at Smith Barney, where she was dedicated to socially responsible investing. She is a certified personal trainer and running coach. After a New York Times reporter wrote how her marathon time improved greatly after vegan coaching from Ellen, Ellen now coaches clients all over the globe in vegan and athletic pursuits.
As the only healthy person in her immediate family, Ellen's passion is helping others avoid the pain and suffering she's witnessed since early childhood. Her mother, aunt, and both sisters had breast cancer, and much more. After nearly dying from a colon blockage at age twenty-eight, Ellen was told by her doctors that she needed to do things differently to avoid her family's fate.
The media have reported on the significant weight loss (up to 120 pounds) and improved health that Ellen's students have experienced after taking her cooking classes affiliated with The Cancer Project, part of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a national nonprofit. As a trained cooking instructor, Ellen taught as many as 2 cooking classes a day, 5 days a week during her 6 years with The Cancer Project. The media have called Ellen's life "an experiment to beat the odds."
Ellen races frequently...once placing 1st in her age group in a 5K race in Bradenton, FL, then 6th in age group the next day in a half marathon...just to show you get plenty of calories, energy, calcium, protein and anything else you need to do all this. Recently she raced 5 weekends in a row. One of them, the marathon in Celebration, FL, followed by a weekend of the local Senior Games where she was the overall female finisher in the 5K, then went on to place first in AG in the 50, 100, 400, 800 & 1500 meters.
Ellen is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America as a personal trainer, and by Road Runners Club of America as a running coach. Ellen blogs at VegCoach.com and her monthly column, "Running Fitness," appears in the Running Journal. She is the "Veg Koach" on the social media health site, "Kurriosity." Her "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day" Facebook page has 36,000 fans and growing. She teaches cooking classes on Anna Maria Island, FL.
Ellen wrote "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day" after watching too many news stories that said food stamp recipients could only afford Twinkies and mac & cheese. She wrote "Kitchen Divided-Vegan Dishes for Semi-Vegan Households" after asking her audiences, "How many of you live in mixed marriages," and hearing many groans. The popular "Paleo Vegan," was the first book in print to give vegans the option to follow the popular paleo diet, if they so chose.
Visit Ellen's website at www.vegcoach.com.