Joan Lunden | Best-Selling Author and One of the Most Beloved Women in Media

Joan Lunden

Best-Selling Author and One of the Most Beloved Women in Media

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Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, television host, and motivational speaker who has been a trusted voice in American homes for more than 40 years. Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America for nearly two decades, making her the longest-running female host ever on early morning television.

Lunden continues to be one of America's most recognized and trusted journalists, making her a sought-after speaker for events nationwide. As an ardent health & senior advocate, Lunden has testified before the Food and Drug Administration advocating mandatory mammogram reporting and the Congressional House Ways and Means Committee advocating for the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Lunden hosts the PBS television series Second Opinion with Joan Lunden and the Washington Post Podcast series Caring for Tomorrow on the future of healthcare. Lunden is also the ambassador to the Poynter Institute's MediaWise for Seniors program, which educates individuals over 50 on media literacy - separating fact from fiction online. Lunden recently served as a visiting professor at Lehigh University in their College of Health, teaching Population Health and the Media.

One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 60 magazines and book covers. Lunden's newest book, Why Did I Come into This Room: A Candid Conversation About Aging, quickly became a New York Times Best Seller.

In June 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. An eternal optimist, she turned her diagnosis and subsequent cancer treatment into an opportunity to become an advocate to help others. Lunden shared her battle against breast cancer in her book Had I Known.

Lunden has served as a national spokesperson for organizations such as the American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, American Lung Association, American Red Cross, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Colon Cancer Alliance.  
Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today's modern working woman.

Joan Lunden's books include Why Did I Come into This Room: A Candid Conversation About Aging; Had I Known; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving; Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now Through Adulthood; Wake-Up Calls; A Bend in the Road is Not the End of the Road; Joan Lunden's Healthy Living; Joan Lunden's Healthy Cooking; Mother's Minutes; Your Newborn Baby; and Good Morning, I'm Joan Lunden.

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News and the Media

In addition to topics on health and wellness, Joan is now speaking on the history and business of the media.  She compares what it was like back then when the host never gave their opinions and today, where it's now common for anchors to share their personal opinion everywhere.

Nowadays people don't know if something is the truth or if the show and its anchors are sharing their personal beliefs.

"How the Media Has Changed"

It used to be when there was a controversial topic, audiences never knew the interviewer's personal opinion.  Nowadays, that couldn't be further from the truth.  Depending on where you're getting your news determines which perspective you're hearing.

In this keynote, Joan shares her personal experiences from her days at Good Morning America and discusses the changing relationship between the press, the public and politics and how you can find out the truth from the many ways that people get their news today."

Had I Known
My Breast Cancer Journey

Joan Lunden shares her personal experience of breast cancer and what she has learned through her journey about health, fitness and the importance of family, friends and community. She gives the patient’s perspective on her treatment from her own personal experience and from what she has heard from the thousands of women who write into her website. Joan includes advice on how to be the CEO of your own health.

Caregivers & Boomers

66 million Americans are caregivers for someone they love. With people living past 100, there is an increased demand for family members to serve as caregivers. From informational documents to balancing your health as a caregiver, Joan shares her personal journey of caring for her aging mother while raising a family and managing her career.

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From Career to Caregiving and Everything in Between
Embracing Change: The New Reality for your Family’s Future

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Featured Books

Why Did I Come Into This Room?by Joan Lunden

Why Did I Come Into This Room?

by Joan Lunden
Why Did I Come into This Room? is a funny "What to Expect When You're Expecting" for the aging woman.

"I'm too old for Snapchat, but too young for Life Alert."

In her most candid and revealing book yet, acclaimed broadcast journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into the various phases of aging that leave many feeling uncomfortable, confused, and on edge. In her hilarious book, Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. After all, laughing is better than crying--unless it makes you pee! Whether you're in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or more, this book is full of helpful information to embrace--or at least prepare for--the inevitable.

Funny, captivating, and raw, no topic is off limits. Lunden goes where others fear to tread, openly talking about wrinkles and age spots (which Lunden insists are sunspots), expanding waistlines (no, you didn't shrink your jeans), diminished energy (my get-up-and-go got up and went), weak pelvic floors (yes, we're talking about leaking), hot flashes (they suck), disrupted sleep (the morning host is an expert on lack of sleep), changes in sex drive (oh yeah, she goes there), ageism (it exists and it pisses us off), and yes, the real reasons we suddenly find ourselves always searching for those car keys!

Through her poignant and often laugh out loud funny personal experiences, Lunden candidly shares her anxieties and breakthroughs and how she's coping with the realities of aging. She's talking about the good, the bad and the ugly, elevating the conversation on topics often considered "taboo."

Why Did I Come into This Room? also explores the science of aging, including how it impacts the body and brain, while dispelling myths and revealing useful options to stave off the aging process as long as possible.

Even more importantly, Lunden goes beyond the physical aspects of aging by closely examining the mental and emotional minefields that come with our advancing years. As she explores the value of asking ourselves important questions including, "Am I still relevant?", "Do I have meaningful friendships?", and "Am I leaving an impactful legacy?" Lunden also examines the freedom in "letting go," the importance of managing stress, and how joy and a sense of purpose all play an impactful role in slowing the aging process.

In a society where youth is revered and aging feared, Why Did I Come into This Room? is the long-awaited tell-it-like-it-is guide for women of all ages. As Lunden says, "Aging ain't for better be prepared."

Growing Up Healthy: A Complete Guide to Childhood Nutrition, Birth Through Adolescenceby Joan Lunden

Growing Up Healthy: A Complete Guide to Childhood Nutrition, Birth Through Adolescence

by Joan Lunden
Whether you're expecting or already parenting a child, you still have a chance to offer them the gift of a healthy, disease-free life. In Growing Up Healthy, Joan Lunden, one of America's most trusted journalists and most visible working moms, teams up with Dr. Myron Winick, a leading expert in childhood nutrition, to produce a guide that contains the lifesaving knowledge we all need to shield our children from disease and help them grow into strong, fit adults. Based on groundbreaking research that shows the link between childhood nutrition and "adult diseases" -- including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and cancer -- Growing Up Healthy will teach you: * how to choose foods that will boost your children's brainpower, fuel their growing bodies, and shield them against disease * which foods influence our children's bodies during the years in which their cells are forming, and their organs and tissues are developing * why growing children should not adhere to low-fat or low-carb diets * how to create healthy life-long eating patterns that help prevent the onset of chronic illness ...and more. From first foods to fast foods, this comprehensive plan for childhood nutrition goes far beyond the basics to invite us all to give our children the gift of a life infused with good health and vitality.

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