Greg Mihailovich, NYC Director of Grassroots Advocacy, wants to get New Yorkers involved in advocating for healthier lifestyles.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
You often see this famous Margaret Mead quote in inspirational social media posts or pithy email signatures, but many people do not appreciate how true this statement is. I have engaged in community organizing on many issues with many different people, and every victory I have had the fortune to be a part of happened because members of the community got involved and got active. Whether I’ve been advocating for higher education issues like lower tuition or higher financial aid for public college students or fighting for safe public space to walk and bike, activism works.
The American Heart Association’s mission resonates with me personally because of my grandfather Ziggy. He suffered a series of debilitating heart attacks when I was ten years old. He was a strong man but his high-fat/high-sodium diet and lack of exercise eventually caught up with him and his “golden years” were a struggle. Throughout it all, Ziggy’s biggest regret was that his care was a burden to my mother. He often said he wished he had taken better care of himself so his daughter wouldn’t have had to worry so much about him. Now that I have my own child, I very much want to be around to see him grow and flourish and healthy enough so that he can live his own long and healthy life. If we all work together, everyone can have that opportunity.
I’m excited to be a part of the AHA NYC team and to work with New Yorkers from all walks of life to advocate for healthier lifestyles. I’m ready to get to work. Will you join me?