Advocate Spotlight: Abby Davis
In 2019, Abigail (Abby) Davis was named the American Heart Association’s National Youth Advocate of the Year, an award she received at the annual Hero’s Awards Dinner in conjunction with You’re the Cure on the Hill Day in Washington, D.C.
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Advocate Spotlight: Zara Nadeem inspires students to advocate for healthy hearts!
After seeing the impact heart health had on Zara Nadeem’s family, she was inspired to speak out on health issues and have her fellow students join her fight.
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Willow Peterson – Junior at Montana State University Billings
Tobacco prevention and education work has been a major focus point in my life for seven years. In 8th grade, I joined my local tobacco prevention club. As I started high school, my classmates began to use tobacco products. Some of my close family members and friends got addicted to nicotine at a very young age. Seeing them cough until vomiting, having trouble breathing, and using any means to feed their addiction had a powerful impact on me. It hurt me to see them abuse an addictive product that would negatively impact their physical and mental health. As a result, I became a passionate health advocate.
I have had the great honor of working with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. As a sophomore in high school, I was chosen to represent Montana in their annual Youth Advocacy Symposium. I was flown out to Washington D.C. to work with other passionate youth from around the country. This program consists of a week of in-depth training from professionals and opportunities to talk to legislators at the federal level. I met with Senator Jon Tester to discuss how flavored tobacco is negatively impacting the lives of teens and young adults in Montana. I was asked to return in 2017 and 2018. This year, I joined as a Young Adult Ambassador. With help from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, I had the amazing opportunity to talk about my advocacy work in an interview with our local news station.
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