We're so excited for you to meet Petra Colindres, member of the Grassroots Action Team! Petra lives in Oklahoma and is a leading You're the Cure advocate. Get to know her and learn of her motivation to volunteer with You're the Cure.
Name: Petra Colindres
Occupation: RDN/LD, IBCLC – State Wellbeing Program Coordinator
How long have you been volunteering with the American Heart Association? 2-3 years
Why do you advocate to build healthier lives and communities, free of heart disease and stroke?
My heart belongs to children, that they lead healthier lives with better opportunities and health outcomes than we do currently. That’s why I advocate- these kids don’t have a voice or are allowed to make their own choices due to age, location, education. By helping change policy and addressing access issues helps redistribute disparities within our population.
What is something in your life that you love?
I love my family, my friends, and having purpose in my life and career. However, I especially love my newest addition, my son Bodie.
What is your all-time favorite thing to do on your time off?
There’s such thing as time-off? Ha! But, when I do have downtime I enjoy hosting cooking classes for kiddos, reading, and exploring the world with my family. Also, it’s a must that I have 30 minutes to hour of “me” time daily and do some exercise. Otherwise I go bonkers.
What excited you most about joining the GAT?
What the GAT is doing lines up right with my passion of early childhood nutrition. By addressing easier access to more nutritious food sources we can alleviate some of the poorer food options kids choose that lead to long-term health problems.