Meet Sharon Roan

Sharon Roan is the author of the new book for parents of girls, Our Daughters' Health. Shari, as she is known to family and friends, has been an award-winning newspaper medical writer for 19 years. For the last 11 of those years, she has worked for the Los Angeles Times.

Shari's idea to write Our Daughters' Health emerged from her work covering the women's health movement in the 1980s and 1990s. Research coming from the women’s health movement showed that many women’s health problems begin in childhood and adolescence. If we really want to improve women’s health, Shari writes in her book, we have to make good health habits a priority in girlhood. Our Daughters' Health, is Shari's third book. She is also the author of an environmental book and a book on postpartum depression.

Girls' and women's health is close to her heart. She is married and the mother of two daughters, Kristy, age 13, and Janie, age 9. Shari's hobbies include sports and making jewelry. She is currently trying to resurrect a long-dormant golf game and is hoping to win her fantasy baseball league for the first time. Shari coaches her daughter Janie’s softball team (Girls On Fire) and participated with daughter Kristy in an all-girl book club during the last school year. She lives in Orange, California.

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