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Elana Anthony is a fitness instructor, speaker, and writer who inspires and empowers you to activate your authentic self. Affectionately known as “The Fitness Evangelist,” Elana takes ordinary fitness classes and turns them into spirit-filled experiences unlike any other. Elana Anthony also speaks and writes about the power of the mind-body connection to make a healthy lifestyle fun and engaging for people of all ages. And she will inspire you to do the same. Elana is a passionate spokesperson for health and fitness who teaches the importance of detoxing the body to retrain the mind. Her unique style of instruction has led her to teach yoga and water fitness to vacationers for several resorts in Jamaica. She also previously served on Mayor Daley’s fitness council with an initiative called Chicago Moves. Certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) for Group Fitness, Elana also holds graduate degrees in Writing (’99) and Exercise Science and Health Promotion (’07), in addition to a myriad of specialty certifications for yoga, cycling, and Pilates, to name a few. Elana has also taught exercise and PE classes for several large health corporations, elementary schools, colleges, and universities, and over time developed a passion for working with seniors and those who struggle with having a healthy body image. But her fervor for fitness does not end there.
For several years, Elana served as a dean of students for an urban charter school on the south side of Chicago. It was there that her focus crystallized to include attention for adolescents whose bodies need proper nutrients and exercise to compete in our global world. She saw firsthand that children without proper nutrition would have a myriad of behavioral issues in school, which would inevitably lead them to the suspension-to-prison pipeline, and she was determined to eradicate that. Now, Elana is on fire to change the world with her latest initiative, “The One Million Pound Challenge,” where Elana is inviting 100,000 people to lose just a mere 10 pounds. She created this simple and fun way for people to join an uplifting community and share in her mission of making the world a happier and healthier place. This initiative is free and easy to join. Elana plans to go across America making each city one million pounds lighter by inspiring people to make a few small changes that can have a huge impact on our world. Elana is also excited to announce the release of her new book “The Journey...to Love Yourself,” a 30-day devotional power-packed with spiritual tools to help people go from where they are to create the person they want to be. It is available now for presale on thehotreads.com.
Currently, Elana serves as the Director of Programming for Epic Arts and Entertainment where Every Person Is Capable. EPIC aims to provide instruction in all aspects of creative arts, acting, dancing, exercise, modeling, and anything in between. To us, every person deserves their moment on stage. Visit www.epicartschicago.com for more information or to donate to our cause of empowering all to #BeEpic. While she has accomplished much and is grateful for many things, Elana, a native of Chicago and two-time DePaul University graduate, is most proud of being a happily married wife and mother of six daughters whose ages span three decades. You can reach Elana at firstname.lastname@example.org or on her Facebook pages @Elana Anthony or @The Fitness Evangelist. You can also follow her on IG @iamthefitnessevangelist. Visit the FB group The One Million Pound Challenge for more info or the website https://www.theonemillionpoundchallenge.com to register for my newsletter and connect with me. To join my team of life changers or start your detox, enroll today at elanadanthony.com. Interact with author Elana Anthony directly at: www.chicagonow.com/everyday-me/
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