Check out some of the inspirational and educational speakers you will see at this year's event.
Jane Velez-Mitchell hosts "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell," a topical event-driven show with a wide range of viewpoints. A veteran television news journalist, Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show "Celebrity Justice" and regularly served as guest host for "Nancy Grace," another HLN program.
As a commentator on high-profile cases, Velez-Mitchell has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other national cable television programs. During the Michael Jackson molestation trial, she appeared daily on "Nancy Grace" and was featured on CNN's "Larry King Live" on several occasions, including the evening of the verdict.
Velez-Mitchell chronicles her lifelong battle with alcoholism, as well as her coming out as a lesbian and her discovery of a healthier, happier and more meaningful existence, in "iWant: My Journey From Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler Honest Life," which was released in October 2009, and became a New York Times bestseller. Her most recent book, “Addict Nation” was released in February 2011.
Her first nonfiction book, "Secrets Can Be Murder: What America's Most Sensational Crimes Tell Us About Ourselves," was published by Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster. The paperback version appeared in bookstores in June 2008.
Velez-Mitchell previously spent more than a decade anchoring and reporting for KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. She also served as a reporter/anchor for eight years at WCBS-TV in New York City.
In 2010, her HLN show garnered a Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States, her third having won two others on “Celebrity Justice.” Velez-Mitchell is the recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy Award and a New York Emmy Award. The KCAL-TV newscasts she co-anchored won three Southern California Golden Mike Awards and an Emmy. She also wrote, directed and produced "Dancing Through Life," an award-winning documentary.
Neal Barnard, MD, is a clinical researcher, author, and health advocate.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on several clinical trials investigating the effects of diet on health.
He is the author of several books and a frequent lecturer.
Milton R. Mills, M.D., serves as Associate Director of Preventive Medicine for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a North American group of doctors and laypersons dedicated to promoting improved health care, better and more appropriate nutrition, and higher standards in medical research.
Dr. Mills practices outpatient clinic-based medicine in Northern Virginia and works as a Critical Care physician with Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia and United Medical Center in Washington DC. His varied experience specializing in Internal Medicine and HIV disease, and in the relationship between nutrition and chronic diseases has made him extensively knowledgeable about the unique healthcare needs of minorities, the challenges of practicing medicine in inner cities, and the special medical and nutritional requirements of HIV+ and AIDS patients.
As an African-American physician focusing on preventive medicine, Dr. Mills has delved into some of the environmental and societal influences affecting the health of African Americans and other racial/ethnic minorities. Dr. Mills has lectured and given research seminars across the United States and in Mexico and Canada on such topics as the negative impacts of meat and dairy consumption on human health; nutrition and HIV/AIDS; nutrition and cancer; and the dietary needs of various ethnic groups.Dr. Mills, who graduated in 1991 from Stanford University School of Medicine, began working with AIDS patients while still in school. He also served as student body president of the medical school, founded the Minority Students' Alliance, and worked as Editor-in-chief and Managing editor of the Stanford Medical School newspaper. He did his internship at the University of California-San Francisco, and completed his residency training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Mills' papers on race and diet have appeared in the Journal of the National Medical Association.
She’s also "The Veg Coach," and "The Broccoli Rep" because, as she says, "Who else IS the broccoli rep?"
She is a certified personal trainer (AFAA), certified running coach (RRCA), routinely places in 5K races for her age group in the Tampa area, won 5 gold medals in local Senior Games and her 100-meter sprint times rival NCAA girls’ track team times. She was the 5th oldest female to finish the 2010 Palm Beaches Marathon, which was her 1st marathon.
Ellen was a popular TV investigative reporter/anchor for 18 years in St. Louis and Miami. She won 2 Emmys, 4 more nominations, and The National Press Club 1st Place Award for Consumer Reporting. During 6 stay-at-home years, she was a La Leche League leader and Associate Coordinator of Leader Accreditation for Missouri. She became known as "Earth Mother in a Suit" when she left TV to become a successful Wall Street financial consultant for 5 years. She was a media consultant and trained cooking instructor for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) often doing 2 classes every weekday.
She wrote her best-selling book after seeing too many news stories saying eating healthfully on a budget was impossible. Her book went to a second printing faster than any other book in her publisher’s long history. At the request of her publisher, she is working on two more books and has spoken at the largest VegFests in the US and Canada since her book came out last year. Recently, in 4 days, 5 Whole Foods stores in South Florida prepared food from Ellen's book during her talk. Her energy is endless.
PCRM’s Dr. Neal Barnard says “There is no one better qualified to write this book … Ellen has an encyclopedic knowledge of food and food pricing. I admire that unlike so many people, Ellen is not trying to sell any product, device or gimmick.
” Many seek Ellen’s expertise in modeling a healthy lifestyle, especially after her mother, aunt & both sisters were diagnosed with breast cancer. She was part of the original breast cancer gene studies.
Many media stories say her life is an experiment to beat the odds. Discovering the truth about food has been the investigative reporting job of her life.
Robert Cheeke grew up on a farm in Corvallis, Oregon where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15. Today he is a best-selling author of the book Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness - The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet.
As a two-time natural bodybuilding champion Robert has been considered one of VegNews Magazine's Most Influential Vegan Athletes. He tours all over North America regularly giving talks about his story transforming from a skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder.
Currently Robert works for Vega, a line of vegan whole-food products, as a representative of the pro-vegan film Forks Over Knives and also works full-time running Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, which includes writing books, touring and maintaining the popular website.
Robert recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest and continues to spread the vegan way of life leading by example as an accomplished vegan athlete.
For more information about Robert please visit www.veganbodybuilding.com
George Eisman, Director of Nutrition for The Coalition for Cancer Prevention based in New York, has been a registered dietitian for over 30 years.
He has taught nutrition at Florida State University, Miami-Dade Community College, and Broward Community College, and guest lectures frequently at Cornell University.
He is the author of three books: Food Choices and Cancer: How Your Diet Affects Risk; A Basic Course in Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition; and The Most Noble Diet.
Mr. Eisman has worked as a dietitian at Miami Children's Hospital and Wesley Woods Nursing Home in Atlanta, and served as a public health nutritionist for the state health departments of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.
More information about Coalition for Cancer Prevention Through Plant-Based Eating
|#||Speaker Schedule at Tampa Bay Veg Fest||Time|
|1||George Eisman||10:00 am|
|2||Dr. Neal Barnard, MD||11:00 am|
|3||Ellen Jaffe Jones||Noon|
|4||Dr. Milton R. Mills, M.D||1:00 pm|
|5||Jane Velez-Mitchell||2:00 pm|