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Ellen Jaffe Jones spent 18 years in television news as an investigative reporter and anchor and eaten a vegan diet for most of the past 32 years. She 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 via Skype and Facetime.
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. 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.
Ellen is currently 3rd in State (FL) in the 200, 400 and 1500 meters, 4th in State in the 100 meters. Finishing in the top 4 in her age group qualifies her to compete in the National Senior Games in Cleveland in July '13. Her 100 meter times are :06 slower than NCAA girls' personal records listed in the 2012 University of Southern California Track & Field Media Guide.
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 often places in 5K running races or longer (52 since 2006) and ran her first marathon at age fifty-eight, in 2010. She was the 5th oldest female to finish. The publisher of Running Journal says it is unusual for anyone with Ellen's sprint times to be able to complete a marathon. Recently Ellen placed 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.
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's weekly column, "Feasting on Fitness," appears in the Anna Maria Island Sun, 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 20,000 fans and growing. Her weekly radio show, "Veg Vixen" airs on 1700AM in Bradenton Beach, FL and is broadcast live streaming on www.annamariaislandradio.com.
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.
Visit Ellen's website at www.vegcoach.com.