Savanna Karmue

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BornFebruary 14, 2006 (2006-02-14) (age 15)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Occupation
  • Health advocate
  • Speaker
  • Author
Years active2014 - present

Savanna Karmue (born February 14, 2006) is an American author, social entrepreneur, speaker, and health advocate. She established her non-profit organization, Happy Heart Advices, at age 8 after discovering 2000 people die every day due to heart disease. Her main focus is educating people about their hearts and how to keep them healthy, preventing cardiovascular disease.[1]

Background

Karmue is of Liberian descent and originates from the Kpelle people|Kpelle and Bassa people (Liberia)|Bassa tribe.[2] When she was six years old, she and her mother went to the hospital because her Sunday-school teacher was undergoing Open-Heart Surgery|open-heart surgery. Later, she learned that the number one cause of death in the United States is due to cardiovascular disease, and over 2000 people die daily because of it.[3][4] With the help of her parents, Karmue established an organization on February 14, 2014, naming it Happy Heart Advices.[4]

Happy Heart Advices

When Karmue started her organization, she uploaded YouTube videos about the importance of taking care of one's heart.[5] A year later, she wrote her first book, Happy Heart Advices: Introduction to Your Heart, Vol 1.[6] She said in a 2016 St. Hope book signing event that she wrote it in order to "help bring awareness about the heart and how to take care of it to all people."[7]

In 2016, Karmue launched the Happy Heart Fitness Program, which focuses on educating kids about their hearts while having them stay active. When it began, it reached over 300 families.[8][9] Karmue has set a goal to halve childhood obesity in America by 2031.[10]

Karmue wrote a book, Happy Heart Advices: Introduction to Your Heart Vl.1, in the summer of 2015.[7] It was published on January 2, 2016.[6]

She appeared on Radio Disney|Radio Disney’s Fearless Everyday w/ Alexa Curtis on August 16, 2019.[11][12] She was featured on ABC10 Your California Life several times to discuss the importance of good heart health.[13][14]

In the summer of 2017, Karmue was invited to throw the first game ball pitch at Petco Park for a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs, while representing her organization, Happy Heart Advices.[15]

In May 2017, she was a keynote speaker at the 9th Biennial National Childhood Obesity Conference, addressing the topic of health equity vs. health equality.[16]

Book

Happy Heart Advices: Introduction to Your Heart Vl.1, (2016)

Awards

  • 2015 - CA Senate District 6, Unsung Hero Award[2]
  • 2017 - Reader's Digest, 17 Most Inspirational Kids[17]
  • 2018 - Optimist International, Positive Vision and Impact Award[18][19]

References

  1. Kopkash, Michelle (December 2017). "Heart of Gold: Young Author and Role Model Strives to Make a Difference". Sacramento Parent. p. 11 – via Issuu.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Senator Richard Pan". sd06.senate.ca.gov. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  3. "South Sacramento Girl Spreading Happy Heart Message". CBS Sacramento. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Startup Squad Questionnaire with Contestant Savanna Karmue". Startup Squad.
  5. "8 Kids Who Stole Our Hearts (& Blew Our Minds) in 2017". Red Tricycle. December 25, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Happy Heart Advices (Volume 1)". Amazon.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Book Signing: "Happy Heart Advices" by Savanna Karmue". St. HOPE. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  8. Sacramento Parent Magazine. Issuu. 2017. p. 12.
  9. "LibPositives Spotlight of the Week Savanna Lorpu Karmue". Liberia Positive. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  10. "About Savanna". happyheart. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  11. "Listen all week to hear @savannakarmue talking about Happy Heart Advices on #FearlessEveryDay with @Alexa_Curtis!". Radio Disney – via Twitter.
  12. Savanna Radio Disney Interview - Fearless Everyday with Alexis Curtis, Happy Heart Advice, January 6, 2020, retrieved February 5, 2021 – via Vimeo
  13. "13 year old shares her passion for all to have a Happy Heart!". abc10.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  14. "Happy Heart Advices". abc10.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  15. "5/30/17: Karmue's game ball | May 30, 2017". MLB.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  16. "5 Girls Who Mean Business: Meet Our Contest Finalists". The Startup Squad. October 16, 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  17. Hovitz, Helaina (December 26, 2017). "The 17 Most Inspirational Kids of 2017". Reader's Digest. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  18. "President Rebecca and Mona Family Visit California Optimists" (PDF). The Torch. Optimist International. Winter 2019. pp. 9–10.
  19. "President Rebecca's Travels" (PDF). The Optimist. Spring 2019. p. 13.

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