Andia Winslow Made Following Her Heart a Full-Time Job
What does it take to start a movement? For athlete, activist and artist Andia Winslow it started with a camera and a personal mission to bring disparate ideas together. As she explains it, “I try to answer every day: What is the call to action?” For her, it’s taking action, be it through her work with the American Heart Association and its Go Red For Women campaign or through a series of videos aimed at making it easy for others to make moves in their own lives. Here Andia shares her journey from professional golfer to activist and why she’s our to inspire others to join her movement.
Your video series has been a viral phenomenon, how did it all get started?
When I turned professional (2007), I moved to Phoenix, Arizona for coaching and competition. The desert was worlds aways from anything that I had ever experienced and near my home stood the Gila River Indian Community. Through wellness-based volunteer work, I learned that Gila River had the highest rate of Type 2 diabetes in the entire world. That knowledge prompted me to make instructional fitness videos and post them to YouTube. The videos gained in popularity online as viewers from around the world found the series to be accessible and relevant by using minimal and odd equipment, creative moves and requiring little time to complete.
Are you still making videos?
Yes! Now I had a professional camera and crew! #TheFitCycle was born. It works to inspire folks to make the most of what they have –however little, be it time, capital or possessions.It is a cinematic wellness endeavor that is inspired by art, music and a culture of collaboration. When we shoot, people watch, they ignore, they watch again and then they ask questions. Conversations are started — it’s become a MOVEment based movement and we couldn’t be more proud. What’s more, we’ve found amazing partners and platform in the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women campaign helping to educate the masses about heart disease and prevention.
The phrase “feel good” seems like your mission statement, how do you define it?
It means to take in my surroundings. To engage all of my senses. To experience vibrant reds and cool blues. To move throughout space whimsically but at times with directed effort. “Feel good,” for me, is a call to action.
How have you taken that call to action in your own life?
I’ve played professional golf, I’ve been a copy editor. I’ve modeled on runways and in national campaigns. I’ve worked as an administrator for non-profits, I’ve voiced TV and radio commercials, I’ve trained for an Olympic Winter Sport, I’ve been a full-time caretaker for a terminally ill cancer patient. I make films. I coach athletes. I activate. I bring seemingly disparate ideas and activities together. I’m inspired by movement. Movement of the human body, of images, of words. So, I try to answer every day, ‘What is the call to action?’ For me, it’s action. Kinetic storytelling, that is what motivates me. That is what I do.
It sounds like you spend a lot of time helping other people feel good, what’s the last thing you did to feel your best?
Laced up my new winter boots and walked aimlessly through the City the evening after Jonas. It was quiet. It sparkled. I felt at peace.