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1. As an advocate for heart health, why did you decide to become an advocate? I was born with a congenital heart defect, known as a heart murmur. The heart murmur started causing the blood in my heart valve to flow in the opposite direction when I got older. Therefore, I had to get open-heart surgery to correct the problem at the age of 27 years old. As a result, I became a member of the Young Professionals Network through the American Heart Association to spread awareness of heart disease in May 2019. 2. Statistically black women are at a higher risk than their Caucasian counterparts. What are some things we as women of color can do to become aware or combat an unhealthy heart? Sickness has no color attached to it. If the “average” person wants to live a long life, then that person has to be conscious with how he/she takes care of their bodies. What you eat plays a big role in how you feel. Therefore, in order to combat an unhealthy heart, the person should try clean eating regiments, such as incorporating more vegetables or baked chicken /fish into their meal plans.