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Learning to swing

by Becky S. on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Recently, we have been teaching C how to swing.  She loves to swing—the higher the better.   Her father and I have started to teach her how to “pump” so that she can swing by herself if we are not around to push (or when our arms get tired).  She is starting to get the hang of it.  I am very proud of her.

I am relatively new to the American Heart Association and although I have been in public health policy for over a decade, I feel a bit like C—learning to swing.  New databases and forms, an entire organ (and system) to learn about, new co-workers and what seems like 100 passwords.  It could be overwhelming, but because of the support of those around me, it hasn’t been.   Much like swinging, it has been pure fun.

The American Heart Association is not only a fantastic place to find myself each day—but I get to work to save lives.  The goal of the American Heart Association is:  By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.  My role in the organization is to work here in Maine to make policy changes that will get us nearer to our goal.  This is not something that I can do by myself.  It is a pretty darn big swing.  I need our volunteers to help push.  You have taken the first step by signing up for our You’re the Cure network.  Please help push us over the top by responding to action alerts and talking to your legislators about why heart health is important to you.

Thanks!  Becky

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  • Great analogy!! Like swinging advocacy is something you can do yourself, but you go higher and faster with a little help from others.

    — Melinda B.

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