Even though I don’t have time to watch it anymore (because the whole full-time job thing kinda gets in the way) — I’ve been a huge Days of our Lives fan since I was a teenager, and I’ve always had a soft spot for Sami Brady. And that’s why I couldn’t possibly say no when I was offered the opportunity to interview Alison Sweeney last week about a few of her latest and greatest ventures — and don’t worry — I also got the inside scoop on how she maintains that smokin’ hot bod of hers (since we’re all dying to know her secret — and she’s kind of an expert in that category from her gig as the host of The Biggest Loser.)
On July 9th, Alison kicked off her new partnership with Frigidaire for a “sack race” of sorts where participants had the chance to win a new Frigidaire Gallery® French Door Refrigerator, and she was kind enough to take a few minutes out of her busy day to tell me a little bit more about how our fridges (of all things!) can actually help us keep our kids’ healthy eating habits on track.
1. Tell me more about the Frigidaire Sack Race event you’re doing in L.A. today:
(Note — I totally had the wrong idea and pictured people hopping around in potato sacks. Turns out that was not the case.)
It’s actually a competition where people are racing to organize groceries in the refrigerator in an effort to think about where they are putting their groceries, and making sure the healthy stuff is right there ready to eat. They’ll have the chance to win a brand new Frigidaire Gallery® French Door Refrigerator, which makes getting organized so much easier.
2. What makes the Frigidaire Gallery® French Door Refrigerator so unique?
It has all these cool adjustable shelves and drawers that you can move around — they flip and slide under each other. You can organize it in a way that works for your family, in particular your kids, so the first foods they see upon opening it are healthy choices. They are more likely to reach for foods that are at eye level.
3. Tell me more about Frigidaire’s partnership with City of Hope:
Diabetes is a disease that affects approximately 7% of the US population according to the American Diabetes Association, and this new partnership uses Twitter to help City of Hope with diabetes research and prevention. By following @Frigidaire and retweeting posts ending with the hashtag #EndDiabetes, Frigidaire will donate $5 to City of Hope.
4. You’re a very busy lady these days and have lots of exciting things going on. Tell me more about the new book and movie you have coming out.
My first novel, The Star Attraction just launched, and it’s basically a behind the scenes look at life in Hollywood. (Who knew she was a writer too? So cool.)
I also have a new movie premiering on the Hallmark Channel called Second Chances. I play a single mom working as a 911 operator. It comes out July 27th.
5. You are in such amazing shape and so many moms admire you. What tips can you give us for staying fit and motivated?
I think moms are way too hard on themselves in general, but that’s why I love the Biggest Loser lifestyle. It’s not about dieting, it’s about making healthy choices across the board. When it comes to our kids, moms really need to look after themselves so that we can be there for them.
If we don’t make time to take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of anyone else. It’s the same concept as when you’re on an airplane and you’re instructed to put your oxygen mask on before you assist your child — because if you aren’t there, you can’t help them.
Kids also look at us as role models, so by eating healthy, exercising, and making wise choices, they learn to model our behavior and do the same.
(Aww. Don’t cha just love her? What a cool chick.)