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Rachel Sica, New York City

 Rachel Sica is making a difference in New York City.

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Rachel first learned of the scope of the American Heart Association’s work while doing research for her Master’s thesis on Health Advocacy which focused on community-wide prevention of obesity and the resultant health conditions in children. She was drawn in by AHA’s campaign for improved Physical Education in all city schools but has since advocated for CPR in schools, healthy kids’ meals in restaurants, Pulse Ox screening, expanding the city’s no smoking laws to include e-cigs, and Brianna’s Law – which requires New York State Troopers and NYPD officer to be trained in CPR every two years.

Rachel didn’t have a personal connection to heart disease when she started volunteering with the AHA, just an interest in public health and more equitable health outcomes for children across the city. But two years ago, that changed. Her father needed bypass surgery, and seeing him through surgery and the extensive rehab renewed her commitment to the importance of policies that make healthy choices the easy choices.

Thank you, Rachel, for your continued dedication to the AHA and for all you do to improve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers!

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