July 21, 2021
As co-host of Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show, Danielle Monaro is known for her infectious laughter and upbeat radio personality. But at home, she’s best known as a sporty mother of two teenagers and a hard-working home chef to keep her active family healthy, happy and nourished. The Maywood, New Jersey resident is also a cancer survivor – having conquered thyroid cancer several years ago – who puts her own health first, so she can continue to be there for her. husband and sons.
We spoke with Danielle, who is also a health ambassador for Hackensack Meridian Health, on how she maintains her physical and emotional health in the midst of a very busy life.
How is a typical day going for you?
If I go to the studio, I get up around 3 or 4 in the morning. Before going on the air, I will prepare the show and discuss with our team what we did the day before, interesting in times of COVID! “What show did you watch excessively last night?” “
After the show is over, I may have an appointment or need to record a commercial. I usually finished my work day by the time my kids come home from school. After that, I share the job with my husband to bring the kids to their training or sporting events. At some point in the day, I also exercise. Depending on the children’s schedule, we may have to divide the dinner, so some of us eat early and others later.
After dinner I always try to go on a TV show with my husband to relax. I’m usually in bed at 10 or 11 p.m. Some days I have to take a nap!
What are your favorite meals and snacks for staying healthy?
Tacos are our favorite dinner and we have them at least once a week. I also always have pasta on hand, so I prepare it in different ways to please different family members. I try to top it with broccoli or grilled chicken. I try to bring fruits and vegetables to my children whenever I can. For on-the-go snacks, we love granola bars and fresh fruit, like apples.
I recently started eating on a limited time basis and only eat between noon and 8 p.m. I don’t know if it has helped me lose weight, but it definitely helps me improve my sleep patterns.
What are you doing to stay active?
I feel better when I exercise, both physically and emotionally. So I make sure to walk five kilometers five days a week, even in the cold and snow. I will integrate it whenever I can, whether it be during lunch or in the evening. I also rely on my bike and my treadmill at home.
What do you like to do in the summer to enjoy the good weather and stay healthy?
We have a pool in the backyard so it was really cool, especially last summer during the pandemic. My best friend has a house in Lavallette, New Jersey, so we like to rent a house there in the summer. We also go to Wildwood, New Jersey every summer and enjoy the beach, boardwalk, and rides. My kids also play summer sports, so we always enjoy the outdoors during games and training.
How Has Cancer Affected Your Health?
I had thyroid cancer years ago so I have to make sure everything is still okay. I also have a higher risk of breast cancer, so I am checked twice a year by a breast specialist at Betty Torricelli Breast Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. I also make sure to schedule my annual mammogram appointment!
I know there has been a decline in the number of people receiving major screenings because of the pandemic. I personally received care during the pandemic and felt very safe. The team made sure to clean and disinfect and ensured that patients were kept at a safe distance. I encourage everyone not to postpone regular appointments or screenings. They are so essential to your overall health!
What advice would you give to women to prioritize their health?
It is so important for women to stay on top of their health. You can’t take care of those around you if you don’t take care of yourself first. Not only do you want to be there for your children or your spouse for the long haul, but you can also set an example for them to take care of their own health.
If you are afraid to see a specialist or get tested, don’t be. Screening won’t give you cancer – screening can help find the problem when you can do something about it.
Rapid fire with Danielle Monaro
Coffee: black or cream?
Black so it don’t become something that I want all the time
Ice cream: chocolate or vanilla?
Savory or sweet?
A mix of the two, which drives my husband crazy – I’m known to top my fried eggs with syrup
On foot or by bike?
Shows worthy of frenzy?
“Marcella”, “Stranger Things”, “Ozark” and all crime drama
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