The Amazing American Heart Association

In January when I was crowned, I gained a new partner.  This is a partner that I know now I will have through my life.  I feel so blessed that the American Heart Association is a sponsor of the International Pageant System.  Over the past few months, I have gained so much respect for the American Heart Association and the amazing work that do.
The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization, was founded in 1924, by six cardiologists.   Their goal is to improve the lives of all Americans through public health education, research, training and advocacy of healthy lifestyle choices. The American Heart Association educates lawmakers and policy makers as well as the public.  They advocate for changes that improve health in communities. 
In January, I attended a luncheon sponsored by The American Heart Association.  It was a Go Red for Women event.  Go Red for Women is another program sponsored by the American Heart Association.  The Go Red for Women campaign began in 2004, as a response to rising death rates in women, due to heart disease and stroke.  This campaign was designed to raise awareness and empower women to take charge of their heart health. On February 3rd, I proudly participated in the wear red for women day. I encouraged others to participate as well.
Later in February, I had the opportunity to see first-hand the work The American Heart Association does in Bismarck, at the legislative session.  This important legislation proposed providing life-saving training and equipment in rural areas of the state.  The American Heart Association saw an opportunity to improve the care given to rural communities.  I was so happy to see that this was also a priority for legislators. Many lives will be saved because of the work of The American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association also sponsors The Jump Rope for Heart Program in our schools.  This program provides education for the youth in our communities. Recently, I was honored to have the opportunity to visit the Osgood Kindergarten Center and talk to kids about this program.  I am so proud to say that Osgood students raised more money than any other school in the state.  $18,213 was the amount raised for Jump Rope for Heart!  I was asked back to attend the celebration of this accomplishment.
In just a few months, I have seen over and over what a truly amazing organization The American Heart Association is.  The training and experiences that I have had over the past few months have made a true supporter of this program. I have a deep appreciation for the work that do and look forward to being an advocate for many years to come.
Yours in Harmony,
Payton Hausauer Misss Teen North Dakota 2017  

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