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Dr. Tara Underwood, Columbus

Our 2017 Georgia Advocacy Committee is composed of eight 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 our vice chair of the committee, Tara Underwood of Columbus. 

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Occupation: Professor at Columbus State University

Length of time volunteering for the American Heart Association: One Year

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. What’s yours? 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? My mother-in-law has dealt with heart related challenges for the past two years, and is currently living with a stent in her heart.

What interests you about advocating for policies that help create healthier communities and protect heart disease and stroke patients? Any policy that will enhance and prolong the life of individuals is worth advocating for.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Resting, reading, and traveling

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

  • Hike or bike? bike
  • Go climbing or zip lining? climbing
  • Go canoeing or waterskiing? neither
  • 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?! Volleyball

What does your perfect day look like? Sunny, 75 degrees, slight breeze and no pollen!

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