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Tanya James Grace 

Spiritual & Wellness Contributor

Tanya James Grace has spent the past 20 years working in the health and wellness field. She has developed wellness programming in the corporate, private and nonprofit sectors. Tanya is currently an ordained pastor/minister and serves as a board-certified chaplain at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. She is also a nationally certified personal trainer and group certified fitness instructor.

She is also the founder of Soul East Wellness, a nonprofit organization where residents in communities of color can have access to holistic full lifecycle care. She hosts various workshops on ways to live healthy with chronic health conditions and provides onsite fitness classes and healthy cooking demonstrations to corporations, nonprofits and faith-based organizations.

Tanya was appointed the lead of a task force appointed by Congressman Kendrick B. Meek and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) in collaboration with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and General Mills. She helped launch the Black Health Empowerment Project, a local community-based obesity education and health promotion initiative designed to educate African Americans about the relationship between obesity and chronic health conditions.


She has worked with civic leaders, health experts and community members to address the growing health crisis of obesity. She has served on national panels and has spoken to many professional groups. Tanya is passionate about creating healthier and balanced individuals that lead to healthy families and communities.


Tanya was born in Bronx, New York. Serving others is one of her core values. She began her college career at the University of Florida. Before her junior year, she left  college and joined AmeriCorps, a government sponsored volunteer program that aims to tackle America's toughest social problems. While serving a 24-month term in the program, she traveled extensively throughout the United States and received an education award to finance her college education. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Organizational Leadership from Trinity International University.
Tanya is currently a second-year graduate student at St. Thomas University in the Divinity Program.

 

She is involved in many community organizations such as Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation – Young Ambassador Board Member, city of Miami Gardens Elderly Affairs Advisory Committee, city of Miami Gardens Citizens Advisory Committee and Hope for Miami. She is most proud of her title as mom to her three children.