announced recently that Miranda Rosen, 17, of Henderson, was selected
to serve on its 2013-2014 Youth Advisory Board.
Miranda was chosen for her passion to reverse the childhood obesity
epidemic by inspiring her peers, schools, and communities to live
healthier lives. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an
organization founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton
Foundation, is one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations
working to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. Miranda is
entering her second year of service on the Board.
The Alliance’s Youth Advisory Board is one of the only youth-led
advisory groups in the country focused on childhood obesity issues.
The 21 youth leaders play an integral role in advising and providing a
youth perspective to the organization as the Alliance strives to
encourage young people across the nation to make healthy choices.
Board members serve as thought-leaders on childhood obesity issues,
representing the Alliance at local and national events, interviewing
with journalists and health-education experts, engaging with community
leaders, and addressing their peers.
“Adults can sit around the table all day and talk about ways to
reverse the obesity epidemic in childhood, but unless we have
authentic youth perspective in the conversations we aren’t going to
get very far,” says Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a
Healthier Generation. “Our Youth Advisory Board members play a
critical role in fighting this epidemic — raising their voices and
inspiring their communities to take action.”
In addition to their role as advisors and thought-leaders, each Board
member is responsible for initiating healthy changes in their own
neighborhoods and school districts by engaging in service-learning
programs in their communities.
As a part of her work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
over the past year, Miranda was appointed as a youth legislator for
the State of Nevada, where she was able to introduce and speak on
issues in front of the State Assembly. Miranda is also involved in
National Charity League and has an advising role for the Henderson
Blue Ribbon Commission for Youth and Education and the Las Vegas PBS
“Keeping Kids Fit” program.
“I am a firm believer of the fact that your health determines the path
your life takes you,” says Miranda. “Having my grandmother struggle
through lung cancer and heart related illnesses really opened my eyes
to the reality that all of her sickness could have been eliminated
just by living a healthy lifestyle. After that experience, I felt
motivated to help people lead a healthier and more fulfilling life and
the way I could do that best was by joining the Alliance’s Youth
Miranda is a senior at Coronado High School who loves public speaking.
She is the secretary of her Speech and Debate Team at school and took
4th place at The National Debate Tournament this summer. In addition
to her national ranking, Miranda has placed over 50 times in Speech
and Debate competitions in the last three years.
The 2013-2014 Board members were selected because of their commitment
to leading the way in their hometowns and amongst their peers in
spreading the word about the importance of healthy living. They will
work with the Alliance to encourage kids across the country to take
charge of their health, motivating all youth to make healthy behavior
changes and to become leaders and advocates for healthy eating and
Just go to the website www.healthiergeneration.org to learn more about
the work of the Alliance’s Youth Advisory Board and how anyone can get