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Helene Neville, an American nurse and fitness coach, began running seriously after a battle with cancer in the 1990s.
Helene has been a nurse, high school coach and fitness instructor for the past 27 years working in Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Arizona. She was awarded the key to the city of Des Moines, Iowa and Las Cruces, New Mexico for inspiration and community service. Iowa Governor Vilsack recognized her for community service. While employed at the Iowa Department for Public Health she served as Liaison on the Gulf War Illness Project. She is founder of the Des Moines Marathon and was awarded Runner’s World George Sheehan Golden Shoe Award for her accomplishment. She trains visually impaired runners. She has survived three brain surgeries and cancer. In August 2010 she completed her 93 day 2,520 mile run across America. She ran to promote her book Nurses in Shape, a book for nurses to become better ambassadors for health care. Helene is an advocate for health and fitness.
In 2010, she wrote and self-published her first book, Nurses In Shape: The Right Dose! The mission of the book is “To transform the public’s health, health care workers need to become ambassadors for healthy living which will further inspire and create health in their patients.”
With book in hand, on May 1, 2010, Helene started running from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. En route, she stopped at hospitals to talk to nurses, doctors, and health care providers to show, first hand, how exercise can improve one’s daily life not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.