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Advocate Spotlight: Pamela Miller

Meet Pamela Miller, West Region Grassroots Director, and find out why she got involved with the American Heart Association!

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What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?

I am passionate about cardiovascular care because it has directly impacted my family.  My grandfather died of sudden cardiac arrest when I was a senior in high school and I’ll never forget that day. In addition, both of my parents have issues related to cardiovascular health and my father was actually saved by CPR 2 years ago.  I want to do what I can to ensure our communities are doing everything possible to improve our cardiovascular health.  It’s why I became an AHA advocate. 

What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?

I really would like to see everyone in my state trained in Hands Only CPR. With my Dad’s CPR save, I’ve seen first-hand why the skill is so important to know.  You never know when you may be in a position to save someone’s life using Hands Only CPR. 

What is your favorite way to be active?

I have recently starting running. I was inspired by some girlfriends who have been running for years.  Being an active person already, I asked myself, “Why can’t I do that?”  So I downloaded a program on my phone to help me train for a 5K.  It was an 8 week program and I set a goal of running a 5K with my 24-year old son.  I ran that race and had a blast!  Since then I’ve run another one and have another race coming up.  In addition, I’ve added in some strength training on the days I don’t run.  I can’t believe how much I enjoy it! 

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?

I LOVE brussels sprouts!  I tried them a couple of years ago and now they are my favorite.  I love to roast them in the office with other veggies and some seasonings.  They are a great compliment to almost any entrée.  

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