As part of our 2021 Ohio Valley Women of Impact campaign, each participant is sharing their story as to why they are participating in the event. This is the second entry from Jill Spangler.
I am honored to be a nominee for the Ohio Valley Women of Impact Campaign for the American Heart Association. I support the AHA for many reasons. As a 40-year old woman, I know it is important to eat healthy and stay active, not only for feeling my best, but also for keeping my heart in the best shape possible. I like to think of myself as an ambassador for healthy living, which can in turn lead to healthy outcomes. Heart disease is rampant, 1 in 3 women are affected. I find it important for women to remember that it is a “progress not perfection” approach, knowing that small changes make a big difference. My initiative is to provide as much education possible to women, learning about blood pressure, risk factors, diet, exercise, and stress relief. Together we can make a difference.
I feel blessed to have this opportunity to team with the AHA and provide education to women of all ages. Heart disease is not specific to the older population; therefore, it is important that all women know the warning signs and the ways to be the best version of themselves. Drink more water, take a walk, get more sleep – all simple words of advice that make the difference. I look forward to providing education about our amazing hearts, not only during this campaign, but for the rest of my life. Thank you for this opportunity.
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Kevin is the Communications Director for West Virginia and Western Virginia. When not in the office, Kevin is an active performer with the State 35 Comedy Troupe and is the founding member of the Ghostbusters – WV Division fundraising team. He has been with the organization since 2005.