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Sep292011

Laila Ali Opens Up About Motherhood, New Show and Famous Dad

Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Laila Ali jumped into the women’s boxing ring in 1999. After a string of high-profile wins, the 29-year-old retired from boxing in 2007.

Now Ali -- the daughter of  boxing legend Muhammad Ali -- is taking on another challenge.  She will be the host of Everyday Health, a new show that will air Saturdays on ABC stations across the nation.

The program will feature inspirational stories about people who have faced health challenges, and will be co-hosted by Ethan Zohn, a former professional soccer player and humanitarian, and Jenna Morasca, winner of Survivor: the Amazon.

Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts caught up with Ali to talk to her about her life and career.

“You know, I’m so excited to be hosting this new show.  And Everyday Health is wonderful because, you know, we focus on individuals who are ordinary, but they’re doing extraordinary things now,” she said. “Most of the people on the show have been through some … health crisis or they’re close to someone who has. And they’re paying it forward by helping to inspire and educate others on our show.”

Ali also opened up about becoming a mother again. She and her husband, Curtis Conway, have two children, 3-year-old Curtis Jr., and 6-month-old Sydney.

“It’s a lot of work, you know. And lately I’ve been doing a lot of complaining and I have to remind myself like, ‘Come on, champ. You’re the champ now,’” she said, laughing. “No, but basically, you know, I just have to put my priorities in order. And you know, family comes first ....”

Ali, a former Dancing With the Stars contestant, is also working with the American Kidney Fund to raise awareness about kidney disease.

As many as 31 million Americans are affected by kidney disease, and nine out of 10 of them don’t know it, she said.

Roberts also asked Ali about her famous father.

“My dad is doing wonderful. He is doing great. And he’s so, so proud of me. He’s happy that I’m doing the show. You know, my dad’s a philanthropist …  you know, my dad has just taught me to overcome, you know, whatever it is that I’m facing, to be strong, to overcome it and to give back.”

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