Heart disease is one of the leading health issues in Scioto County, with an estimated 211 heart disease related deaths occurring each year.
After her grandmother was diagnosed with a heart-problem, Miss Glenwood 2017, Ali Hamilton, decided to do something to raise awareness for heart disease and offer tips for prevention. Through her River Days platform, Hamilton has found a venue to voice her concerns for the community.
Her platform centers around the slogan “a healthy heart is a happy heart,” something she hopes people can come to understand and realize not to take their health for granted.
“My grandma was diagnosed with a severe heart problem. In September, she could hardly walk up the stairs without stopping to take a deep breath,” explained Hamilton. “That alerted us that something may be wrong and in November she was diagnosed with a severe heart problem. It made my whole family re-evaluate our choices and we’re making healthier ones now. In March of 2017 my grandma had surgery, she’s going great now but seeing someone you love struggle is really hard.”
Hamilton will be hosting a free health fair for all ages on May 30 from 5:30- 7 p.m. The event will take place at New Boston stadium, located on Oak Street in New Boston. In the event of rain, activities will be moved to the Glenwood High School gym, 1 Glenwood Ave., New Boston.
“We’ll be having informational sessions with people from the heart and vascular unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center, health checks and screenings, inflatables for the kids, educational games and more,” said Hamilton. Admission to the event is free but Hamilton will be accepting donations. All proceeds will be given to the SOMC Heart and Vascular Unit.
Hamilton is also a student athlete, citing basketball and volleyball as her loves. She has played three years in each and been involved with student council since the seventh grade. She has also been participating in the yearbook club throughout high school. Hamilton hopes to pursue a career in the health field by becoming a respiratory therapist.
“I’m involved with everything I can be in the community, people think of New Boston and they’re like ‘eh, they’re whatever,’ and I try to bring it back to how things used to be,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton says she is eager to see where the competition takes her and is excited to represent her school. She says she is enthusiastic about her platform and hopes to see a lot of faces at her event.
To follow Hamilton’s journey, you can find her Facebook page by searching “Miss Glenwood 2017.” River Days will take place August 31 through September 4. For more a full schedule of events and more information, you can visit www.portsmouthriverdays.org.
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