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Mike Clelland, Winter Park

Our 2017-18 Florida Advocacy Committee is composed of individuals from across the state with different occupations, who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Throughout the year, we will introduce some of our members. Today, we'd like you to meet Mike Clelland of Winter Park, who is a former member of the Florida House of Representatives.


Occupation: Attorney

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. What’s yours? To be around as long as possible for my family.

Many people choose to volunteer for the American Heart Association because they’ve been impacted by heart disease or stroke. Do you have a personal connection to our nation’s No. 1 and 5 killers? If so, we’d love to hear it! I represent hundreds of first responders, who have heart disease and/or hypertension.

How long have you been volunteering for the American Heart Association? A few months.

What interests you about advocating for policies that help create healthier communities and protect heart disease and stroke patients? The questions in itself is the answer – to create healthier communities.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Fitness and spending time with my family.

Let’s play a quick round of “would you rather.” Would you rather –

  • Hike or bike? Hike
  • Go climbing or zip lining? Climbing
  • Go canoeing or waterskiing? Canoeing
  • Swim in a pool or the ocean? Pool 
  • Watch sports or play sports? Play

What was your favorite activity in P.E.? It’s the parachutes, right?! Football.

What does your perfect day look like? Work out, read news, watch my son play basketball (with my wife and daughter).

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