Helene Neville has made it her mission to make a difference. Possessing more than 30 years of experience in nursing, business and coaching Ms. Neville has parlayed her interest in health and fitness to accomplish a record making – and record breaking – feat of athletic skill. She is a true visionary with an indomitable spirit.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania she attended high school in Burlington, Vermont and college in Iowa. After graduation, she began her nursing and coaching career in 1984.
From 1993 to 2001, Ms. Neville served as Community Health Education Consultant for the Iowa Department of Public Health. While there, she was recognized by CDC, FEMA, and ATSDR and was awarded the Governors Seal for Community Service. In 1999, she started her first business Well-Fit, LLC coaching corporate employees on health and fitness strategies. She volunteered at the Iowa Department for the Blind as a fitness coach. She spearheaded a bone marrow registry through the University of Iowa and served as volunteer coach at the YMCA and Special Olympics. In 2000, she received Des Moines’ Key to the City and Proclamation.
In 2001, she single-handedly founded the Des Moines Marathon. For her accomplishment, she received Runner’s World George Sheehan Golden Shoe Award and was a finalist for the Iowa Star Award. The 2002 Des Moines Marathon made the top 50 marathons out of 306 marathons in 2002. In 2005, Ms. Neville sold the Des Moines Marathon, which is valued today at $1.2 million dollars, to Endurance Sports Marketing Corporation.
In 2010, she wrote her first book, “Nurses In Shape: The Right Dose!” On May 1, 2102 with book in hand, Ms. Neville became the first person to run the entire length of the southern half of the United States in the hot and humid conditions of summer. It took her only 93 days to cover the 2,520 miles from Ocean Beach, California to Atlantic Beach, Florida.
During her 2010 run, the Mayor of Las Cruces presented Ms. Neville with the key to the city for inspiring an underserved community. The Mayor of Phoenix awarded Ms. Neville the Friends of Phoenix Service award.
After her second book, “One On The Run, 93 Days Across America,” she started running on May 1, 2103 running from Vancouver, British Columbia and transected the west coast ending in Tijuana, Mexico. It took her 45 days to run the 1,500 miles. Along this run, she carried the ashes of her recently departed brother.
Along her journeys, Ms. Neville stops at hospitals, schools and businesses to inspire others to realize their dreams. Helene is inspired to do more stating “I believe that we can restore the health of America. But it’s up to you and me to take positive action to ensure that the future is everything it can possibly be.”
She recently founded the National Nurses Health Institute which includes a two-day conference, half marathon and 5K. The inaugural event was held October 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was a huge hit.
Following a successful National Nurses event, Ms. Neville was nominated for inclusion into the 16th annual special edition of “Distinguished Women of Nevada” book.
Ms. Neville is a nationally-known speaker and spokesperson on health, fitness and wellness and has been featured in print and on radio and television. She is the proud mother of sons Steven and Danny.