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Miriam Plitt, Rhode Island

by Megan T. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Advocacy is a key component of the American Heart Association and it all starts at the grassroots level with You and Me.  Heart disease and stroke have affected friends and family members over the years….when one of my grandsons was born with a heart condition, my focus became youth and children.

As an advocacy ambassador for the AHA, I turned to my local community and joined the Pawtucket School District Wellness Committee so I could work on policies related to healthy eating, nutrition, physical education and tobacco control.

When I look at my grandson and his future, it’s about advocating for policy change, education and prevention that will help him lead a healthy life.  It’s about legislation that will create a healthier environment for him and all children.  It’s about raising funds for research so that new medical advances can help my grandson and others.

My passion is to continue advocating and working toward reducing heart disease and stroke, creating healthy communities, and seeing my grandson and other children have the opportunity to lead productive, enjoyable and fulfilling lives. 

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