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Advocate Spotlight: Joan Enderle

North Dakota Children is why

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What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?


My grandmother died 6 weeks before her first grandchild was born at the age of 46 after heart valve surgery.  Today, medical advances have saved lives and extended time with family for those impacted by heart disease.  I became an advocate for the AHA as a way to give families time with those they love in memory of my grandmother.  Advocating for public policy, funding, systems of care and healthier places to live, learn, work and play make a difference.  

What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?

As a mom of two grown sons and grandma of three granddaughters, I’m most passionate about issues and policies that impact children and focus on prevention of heart disease and stroke.  All kids deserve a healthy start in life and building a life free from heart disease and stroke starts with healthy families and healthy environments – childcare, schools, and public places.

What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?

Working with an 8th grade student from Mandan to testify on why CPR in school training was important for a CPR in schools funding bill. For me it is great to inspire youth, volunteers and survivors to be involved in the legislative process to gain public speaking and leadership skills.  Plus, knowing lives North Dakota is training the next generation of lifesavers with passage of the bill.

What is your favorite way to be active?

I’m an avid walker, walking at home in addition to walking meetings at work.  I also enjoy family bike rides.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable and any tips for how you serve or prepare it?

My favorite fruit is blueberries.  I love them plain with a meal or for a snack. 

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