The Role Model In You – Sarah Samaan, MD, FACC

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Dr. Sarah Samaan

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Sarah Samaan, MD, FACC, age 50. I’m a cardiologist and author (Best Practices for a Healthy Heart)

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My mom is my greatest inspiration. She is a retired physician who attended medical school in the 1950’s, when women were truly an oddity.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Although at the time it seemed like our friends were having more fun, my mom made sure that our TV time was limited, that all five of her kids were enrolled in activities like sports and dance, and that we always had fresh fruit for snacks. No DingDongs or sodas at our house! In the 1960’s and 1970’s, this was radical thinking. I guess it still is.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

I have always lived an active lifestyle and have naturally craved food that makes me feel good. I have also always believed that I am capable of anything that I truly put my heart into. My mom married a man outside of her race and culture, and as a result, I have been gifted with the ability to see people for themselves.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Yes. It’s not always easy, because the pressure to choose a fast food, sedentary lifestyle is great, but childhood is truly the foundation for the rest of our lives.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

What you do now will affect the way you feel, look, and live for the rest of your life. (For kid, “looks” can be a powerful motivator.)

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

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