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.
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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.