Meet AHA's Youth Market Coordinator, Brenda Schmidt.
What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
Heart disease affects everyone, since so few Americans have ideal cardiovascular health. I want to make sure that the people I love have adequate care in the event of a heart attack or stroke, but also, I want to help move policies forward that will create a healthy environment in our community to ensure the next generation lives a long, happy life.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
As a runner and a cyclist, I get excited about active transportation and having running and biking paths to get where we need to be. I'm very proud of my state and the Twin Cities for being ahead of other metro areas in terms of supporting our cyclists, but there is still a lot we can do.
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
I went to Heart on the Hill and it was cold and windy, but it was so great to see that people still came out because heart health was important to them.
What is your favorite way to be active?
I used to run a lot, but the last couple years I've become more of a cyclist.
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
I love avocados!