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TV’s Nancy O’Dell: Mother, Author, Health Advocate

Nancy O’Dell talks about her new book, her baby, and the loss of her mother to Lou Gehrig’s disease.


It’s hard to find time to exercise when you are a new mom, especially if you are breastfeeding. How did you do it?

I would literally go for runs in the driveway between feedings during my maternity leave to get back in shape.

How do you stay in shape now?

Running. I go for three or four 40-minute runs a week. I also do strength training.

Ashby joins your two stepchildren, Carson and Tyler. Any more children in the future for you and your husband, Keith Zubchevich?

We are going to let it be. If it happens, it happens.

How do you balance your demanding, high-profile job at Access Hollywood with being a wife and mother?

It’s tough. When I was interviewing first lady Michelle Obama, she said it was one big guilt trip. If I am at work, I feel guilty that I am not with my family and when I am with my family, I feel guilty about work. My family is my first priority. The bottom line is that there is more guilt associated with putting work before family.

What’s your worst health habit?

Drinking Coca-Cola. In the South, where I am from, we drink a lot of Coca-Cola. I had to cut it out completely in pregnancy and I got massive migraines for about a week and then I never had another headache. After I finished nursing, I started with coffee, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi again and my headaches came back, Drinking caffeine is my worst health habit.

What disease would you most like to see eradicated and why?

ALS. It is probably the most horrendous disease I have ever read about or researched.


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Reviewed on April 24, 2009

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