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Miriam "Mim" Gaines, Alabama

by Krystle N. on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mim Gaines, Alabama

Last year Miriam "Mim" Gaines retired after working 25 years at the Alabama Department of Public Health. While serving as the Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) Director, Mim developed strong partnerships. An example includes The Alabama Obesity Task Force (OTF).  This  volunteer membership organization addresses obesity through advocacy, changes and programs. The American Heart Association is a key partner in the OTF. In addition, the American Heart Association supported the NPA Division on many wellness efforts, such as blood pressure checks and stroke awareness programs.  

It was a natural fit for Mim to become active on the American Heart Association's Alabama Advocacy committee. Mim laughs and says, "Being a volunteer for the American Heart Association is a great way for me to ease into retirement. They let me continue to be vocal about my strong passions, such as easy access to produce, having safe walking areas and smoke free cities." 

Mim began serving as chair of  the Alabama Advocacy Committee in December 2013. She helped organize the second annual Legislative Breakfast in Red at the State House in February, participated in the Healthy Food Access campaign kick off in May, and provided strong continuous leadership to staff and volunteers. We look forward to working with Mim, as she continues to serve as chair for 2014-15.

Mim recommends others to become more involved. She says, "There is always room for another volunteer!"