Passion Committee Promotes Hope and Health for Hearts
Sandy is passionate about heart health. So much so that she leads the Madison-area Passion Committee for the American Heart Association. The committee comprises women of all ages who are committed to promoting heart health and preventing heart disease among women.
The statistic that "every minute one woman dies from heart disease" is not lost on Sandy. Just four years ago she lost her younger sister, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 39, leaving a family behind.
Sandy and other Passion Committee volunteers promote education about heart health, risk factors and lifestyle modifications, and strive to give women hope and empowerment when it comes to heart disease.
Sandy says, "Women do not have to die from this disease." She reflects on her nephews who have lost their mother, "Through our work I hope I can help spare others from losing a mother, a sister, a daughter, or a friend."
The Passion Committee has about 30 members and approached 2013 with gusto, working tirelessly to turn Madison "red" on February 1, National Wear Red Day, and promote heart health throughout February. From asking businesses to light up in red, to coordinating an online educational series on heart disease, and planning fun community activities such as group boot camps or pi-yo classes, even coordinating red velvet cupcakes with a local bakery, the committee's goal is to create a nurturing and supportive community for women, and ultimately to help them lead happy and heart healthy lives.
Sandy notes, "Many people have been touched by heart disease. By working together as a committee and as a community, I know we can help make a difference – and I know my sister would be happy and proud."