Rachel Larson is the new Heart Walk Director for Omaha! Rachel shared her WHY with us and what motivates her to work toward reducing the impact of heart and stroke in our communities.
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We caught up with Rachel and here's her reflections on joining the AHA:
What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
Rachel: I have always wanted to make a difference in the world. I have a huge heart and it only made sense that the AHA would be a perfect fit for me.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
Rachel: I am passionate about child obesity prevention. I am big on healthy foods in schools, reducing salt and sugar in packaged products and teaching children how to eat healthy, grow their own produce and think big!
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
Rachel: I love the CPR in Schools success that we've seen! It is empowering our youth to become a generation of life savers and not to be afraid. Hearing stories about how high school students have applied the CPR training they received is truly inspiring!
What is your favorite way to be active?
I love to power lift, run, walks with my daughter, bike riding, kick boxing and just overall staying active. I also have a standing desk in my office and I am constantly moving!
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable and any tips for how you serve or prepare it?
I love avocados! I blend them with Greek yogurt with some garlic and hot sauce and it makes an awesome topping for tacos, eggs, chicken kabobs, or anything savory.