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Joan  Lunden

Joan Lunden

Best-Selling Author & Heart Health Activist

Biography

An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and women's health & wellness advocate, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more than 30 years. For nearly two decades, Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America bringing insight to the day’s top stories. As the longest running female host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 5 presidents, 5 Olympics, and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families, and their health. Read More >

Lunden continues to be one of America’s most recognized and trusted personalities. She is a special correspondent on the TODAY Show, and a sought after speaker and event host throughout the country. On her website JoanLunden.com and social media, women interact with her every day about health, wellness, lifestyle tips, family, and boomer information.

In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. An eternal optimist, Lunden wanted to turn her diagnosis into an opportunity to help others.  She blogged throughout her cancer treatment and wrote a memoir Had I Known, which documents her battle, and reflects on her life and career. Lunden serves as an ambassador for Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer, advocates for patients on Capitol Hill, and actively communicates with the cancer community through her social media and on her website.

As a part of the sandwich generation, Lunden’s demographic is far-reaching. She is a mother of 7 including two sets of pre teens twins. Like many Boomers in America she has juggled being a working mom while caring for an aging parent, and brings this experience to her role as the spokesperson for the nation’s leading senior referral service, A Place for Mom, a company helping caregivers and families find the right care and resources for their loved one.

Throughout her career Lunden has been disseminating advice from experts to help inform her audience how to stay healthy. Lunden has teamed with the renowned Dr. Murad, of Murad Skincare, and has her own skincare line Resurgence. Together they share a similar message that supporting a happier, healthier life leads to a glowing completion.

One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 60 magazines and book covers.  

Lunden has served as national spokesperson for various organizations such as The American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Lung Association, The American Red Cross, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Colon Cancer Alliance.  

Joan Lunden’s books include 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. She also hosts the exercise video Workout America.

Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Joan Lunden Addressing a Women's Summit

Fight Like a Warrior

Don't Limit Your Possibilities

Speech Topics

Had I Known

Former host of Good Morning America, health advocate, international speaker, mother of seven, grandmother of one and New York Times bestselling author, Joan Lunden, speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer and her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it has had on her life. Read More >

With a large extended family counting on her, giving up was not an option. After announcing her diagnosis of Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer on Good Morning America, people all over the country rallied around Joan as she went into warrior mode. Joan appeared on the cover of People Magazine bald, showing the world her brave resolve and that breast cancer does not need to define you.

Joan’s illness has changed her in profoundly unexpected ways and has redefined her values and most of all, her health. Following a new clean and healthy way of eating, Joan became her best advocate by taking control of her nutrition, which helped combat the adverse side effects of chemotherapy like a warrior. 

Uncharacteristically vulnerable, irreverent and straight from the heart, this presentation is a deeply personal and powerful story of pain, persistence, and perseverance in which Joan openly evaluates her decision to go public with her battle, shaving her head, wig shopping, re-connecting with her viewers, rediscovering her purpose, and ultimately realizing that sometimes you have to look back to move forward.  Read Less ^

Women and Heart Disease

At age 39, Joan Lunden was doing a story on heart disease, but ended up failing the American Heart Association's health test. This is when she made a personal commitment to improve herself inside and out. After losing 50 pounds, climbing mountains, and beginning a metamorphosis, she became an active member of the Association and has done campaigns with Go Red for Women and Chose to Move. In this speech, Lunden discusses the choices we make, not only about our heart health, but about our professional and family lives. She explains how those choices determine the direction of our lives and that by making small lifestyle changes, such as knowing the signs of a heart attack, the epidemic can be reduced significantly. Audiences will receive crucial information on wellness and heart disease, as well as the motivation to take charge of their own health.

My Breast Cancer Journey

A Bend in the Road Is Not the End of the Road: Preparing for Life's Changes

Now That We Have It All, How Do We Do It All? The Modern Woman's Dilemma

Reveille: Women Committing to Their Health & Wellness

From Career to Caregiving and Everything in Between

Embracing Change: The New Reality for Your Family's Future

Strategies for Success: Women’s Path to Power & Reinvention

The Secrets To Living Younger Longer

Fostering Leadership and Achieving Dreams

Books & Media

Books

Had I Known: A Memoir of Survival

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