Pamela Miller is the West Region Grassroots Director for the AHA. Get to know Pam and learn about her passion for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
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.