11 Questions with … Tricia Brooks, VP Public Affairs at Novo Nordisk

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Novo Nordisk MainTricia Brooks is the Vice President of Public Affairs at Novo Nordisk, a global leading diabetes healthcare company. With over 20 years of advocacy, lobbying and policy development, Tricia’s leadership of state and federal government affairs, public policy, association relations, and corporate giving is designed to improve how chronic disease is detected, prevented and managed through our healthcare system.

Previously, Tricia was part of the team that successfully integrated Michael J. Fox into the 2006 national campaign cycle to raise awareness of the embryonic stem cell research debate. Notably, as the Director of Government Relations for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, she was responsible for the design and implementation of activities for the Christopher Reeve Action Network.

Novo Nordisk is a PHA supporter and the national sponsor for PHA’s 2017 Building a Healthier Future Summit.


1. If you were stranded on a deserted island, and only one vegetable grew on that island, what vegetable would you want it to be? Celery.

2. What is your healthiest habit?  Water. The elixir of life.

3. What is your go-to nutritious breakfast? Oatmeal.

4. What are the 3 items that are always in your fridge/pantry? Not proud, but cheese, wine, and milk (for my son).

5. What is your favorite workout? Chisel (I used to be an instructor).

6. Who is your fitness hero? Elizabeth Brooks and Jennifer Aniston.

7. How do you take your water – sparkling, flat, over ice? Flat.

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Cheese and wine!

9. What is your healthy eating philosophy? Moderation.

10. What is your go-to nutritious family dinner dish? White bean chicken chili on cold nights.

11. What is the best health advice you’ve ever received? Get strong, not skinny!

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