Leading The Next Generation To Health and Wellness with Dr. Noha Polack
My guest Dr. Noha Polack, MD, FAAP received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Biological Sciences and her medical degree from UMDNJ (now Rutgers Medical School) in Newark, NJ. She completed her pediatric residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.
She has been practicing pediatrics in Union City and Bayonne, New Jersey since 1996, most of those years at Progressive Pediatrics.
Dr. Polack loves pediatrics because she can make a difference in a young person’s life that will last a lifetime. She is passionate about advocating for healthy living in pre-teens and teens and helping them love their bodies. Working on their mindset as well as their habits is my way of making a difference in the world. She speaks to all professionals who encounter this age group as well as parents to help them use the right language to communicate about health rather than weight.
We talked about:
- Who or what helped to shape her career journey in pediatrics and lead her practice with a focus on Preteens and teens?
- How she decided that she would go out on her own and run a successful private practice.
- What does a day in the life of a pediatrician who serves pre-teens and teens look like and what challenges does she face.
- How does she get people to buy into changing their vocabulary or their mindset around what it means to be healthy and not focus so much on weight?
- Her thoughts around physicians especially women physicians lean into combat obesity in children, especially within those groups where there are health care disparities.
- What does self-care look like for her and what steps does she take to take time for herself?
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