Meet a Health Hero: Marisa Weiss

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Name: Marisa Weiss, MD

Occupation: Breast Oncologist at Lankenau Medical Center and President and Founder of

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Understanding and knowing that my life is the greatest gift, and the hope of being a grandmother one day.

Describe a health or fitness related turning point in your life.
My own breast cancer diagnosis in 2010.

What “policy” would you institute to make Greater Philadelphia a healthier region?
Effective “choice architecture” healthy-food options, with the goal of getting to and sticking to a healthy weight. For example, making sure there are unprocessed real food options available in all restaurants and replacing soda (including diet sodas) with water.

What’s the most important part of your health or fitness regimen?
Sticking to a diet of mostly produce: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, spices and grains.

What is your number one piece of health related advice?
Remember: Your life is your greatest gift to you and your family. If you cherish and take care of yourself, your loved ones will follow your example.