2012 speaker Scott Jurek previews his new book, Eat & Run

Scott Jurek (L) and Cookie Monster

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.

Final group of speakers for TEDMED 2012

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.

Ali Ansary
Co-Founder, SeventyK
SO TECHNOLOGY IS A CRUTCH…YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?

Larry Brilliant
President & CEO, Skoll Global Threats Fund
HOW DO YOU PERFORM A $2.6 TRILLION BALANCING ACT?

Lynda Chin
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?

Billy Cohn
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology, Texas Heart Institute
DO WE HAVE THE HEART TO IMPROVE ON NATURE?

Katie Couric
Co-Founder, Stand Up To Cancer & Special Correspondent, ABC News
WHO’S STANDING UP TO CANCER NOW?

Peggy Hamburg
Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
WHAT WOULD YOU DECIDE IF 311 MILLION LIVES DEPENDED ON IT?

Laird Hamilton
Professional Big-Wave Surfer
CAN YOU STILL HANG 10 WHEN YOU’RE PUSHING 40?

Fred Hersch
Jazz Pianist & Composer
WHAT’S INSPIRING ABOUT A COMA?

Scott Jurek
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?

Bud Frazier
Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Research, Texas Heart Institute
IF YOU HAVE AN ARTIFICIAL HEART, DOES THAT MAKE YOU HEARTLESS?

Gabby Reece
Professional Volley Ball Player & Women’s Health Advocate
FUN, SUN, STAY, PLAY, WILL IT ALWAYS BE THIS WAY?

Leslie Saxon
Executive Director & Founder, USC Center for Body Computing
CAN WE GET 8 BILLION HEARTBEATS ON SPEED DIAL?

MOMIX
Dancers-Illusionists
CAN WE RESHAPE YOUR PERCEPTIONS WITHOUT SAYING A WORD?

Risa Mourey
President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT TACKLING “GREAT CHALLENGES?”

Rebecca Onie
Co-Founder & CEO, Health Leads
CAN WE REWRITE THE DNA OF THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM?

Dan Perry
President & CEO, Alliance for Aging Research
DO CELLS HAVE A MID-LIFE CRISIS?

Stephen Petronio
Founder, Stephen Petronio Company
CAN A DARING DANCE REVEAL A DARING TRUTH?

Basil Twist
Professional Puppeteer
IF ART IMITATES LIFE, WHAT DOES LIFE IMITATE?