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Advocate Spotlight: Ruth Jewell

Education is Why!

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

Being a Physical Education teacher for almost 40 years, I have been an advocate for heart health. In my retirement I wanted to continue this focus. When my IAHPERD leadership asked me to join the Illinois Advocacy Committee I was honored and excited to become involved with AHA in a whole different way.


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

Educating the public about healthy lifestyle choices is one area I am especially passionate. An important part of this is working to keep the Illinois Mandate for daily physical education classes in schools.


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

In the '80's I coordinated my first Jump Rope for Heart event. Since then I have organized 20+ events. Some of my most fondest moments were watching children having fun while jumping rope and raising money for AHA.


What is your favorite way to be active?

Biking, walking, swimming, running, yoga, kayaking, fishing, hiking, (How much space do I have? :-)
I love being outdoors and active.


What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?

I love so many but if I had to pick 2 -
Mangoes and onions (but not together :-)

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