Sarah is a longtime champion of healthy eating and living. As a young girl, she suffered being overweight. She was not able to run with her friends, or be the first pick in sports, or shop in the same stores that other little girls shopped in.
One day, at the doctor's office one summer, when she was 11 years of age, her pediatrician told her that at 152 lbs., she would have to lose weight in order to be healthy and grow properly. Sarah and her family did research on the best foods to eat, and together, they helped Sarah change her lifestyle.
She stopped consuming red meats, fried foods, and soda, and began to eat more fruits and vegetables. She also re-enrolled in gymnastics and swimming in order to become more physically fit. Sarah went through many ups and downs, and coming from a broken household, losing weight was both an emotional and physical battle.
Nevertheless, she came out triumphant, and at age 12, she weighed in at 128 lbs. Not only did her body change, but her self-esteem morphed along with it. She grew to be more confident, more attentive in class, and more self sufficient. Needless to say, it was clear when she won the title of America's Miss District of Columbia in early 2012, that she had an obligation to help empower girls through health education. During her year of service as Miss DC, she recognized a growing need for health education in the education system.
Ms. Hillware decided to help develop Girls Health Ed. because she believes in the power of education and the power of women. Through her global studies of health and her life experiences, she has learned that the empowered girl is unstoppable.