Eating his greens and having an iron will help Scott Jurek win ultramarathons, but the support of friends and family and a quest for great health also gave him a head start.
At TEDMED 2012, ultramarathon champ, health advocate and plant-based eater Scott Jurek told Cookie Monster a thing or two about the value of eating your veggies — even if you’re not planning a 100-mile-plus run.
On June 5th, Jurek will have tips for the rest of us; he’s publishing a book, Eat & Run, a memoir of his childhood as a skinny kid whom others bullied — maybe that’s how he learned to run so fast? — and his thoughts on how a vegan diet boosts his performance, speeds recovery and helps keep him lean. As he says:
Muscles I didn’t even know I had popped out. My blood pressure and triglyceride levels dropped to all-time lows, my HDL, “good” cholesterol, shot up to an all-time high. I had virtually no joint inflammation, even after miles of pounding trails and roads… I was running in the morning, working eight-to 10-hour days, then running 10 miles in the evening—yet I woke up with more energy every day.
For more from Jurek’s book, read an excerpt from Runner’s World magazine.
In this final release of all-star names for our TEDMED 2012 speaker roster, we present yet another incredible group of presenters who will share unique and awe-inspiring views of the future of health and medicine.
SO TECHNOLOGY IS A CRUTCH…YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?
President & CEO, Skoll Global Threats Fund
HOW DO YOU PERFORM A $2.6 TRILLION BALANCING ACT?
Chair, Department of Genomic Medicine & Scientific Director, Institute of Applied Cancer Science, MD Anderson Cancer Center
CAN MEDICAL INDUSTRY AND MEDICAL RESEARCH LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER?
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology, Texas Heart Institute
DO WE HAVE THE HEART TO IMPROVE ON NATURE?
Co-Founder, Stand Up To Cancer & Special Correspondent, ABC News
WHO’S STANDING UP TO CANCER NOW?
Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
WHAT WOULD YOU DECIDE IF 311 MILLION LIVES DEPENDED ON IT?
Professional Big-Wave Surfer
CAN YOU STILL HANG 10 WHEN YOU’RE PUSHING 40?
Jazz Pianist & Composer
WHAT’S INSPIRING ABOUT A COMA?
Author, Ultramarathon Champion
WHAT MADE ME RUN FOR MY LIFE?
Billy Jean King
Champion for Social Equality & Former Tennis Professional
CAN WE GET AMERICA MOVING AGAIN?
Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Research, Texas Heart Institute
IF YOU HAVE AN ARTIFICIAL HEART, DOES THAT MAKE YOU HEARTLESS?
Professional Volley Ball Player & Women’s Health Advocate
FUN, SUN, STAY, PLAY, WILL IT ALWAYS BE THIS WAY?
Executive Director & Founder, USC Center for Body Computing
CAN WE GET 8 BILLION HEARTBEATS ON SPEED DIAL?
CAN WE RESHAPE YOUR PERCEPTIONS WITHOUT SAYING A WORD?
President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT TACKLING “GREAT CHALLENGES?”
Co-Founder & CEO, Health Leads
CAN WE REWRITE THE DNA OF THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM?
President & CEO, Alliance for Aging Research
DO CELLS HAVE A MID-LIFE CRISIS?
Founder, Stephen Petronio Company
CAN A DARING DANCE REVEAL A DARING TRUTH?
IF ART IMITATES LIFE, WHAT DOES LIFE IMITATE?