The SouthWest Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) recently appointed Jeremy Lyon, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools in the Frisco Independent School District, to the Affiliate Board of Directors. As the first school superintendent ever selected to serve on an Affiliate Board, Lyon will help shape the AHA’s efforts, particularly in the Southwest Affiliate’s six-state region, which is comprised of Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming. Lyon will serve a two-year term, renewable for another two-year term at the end of June 2015.
"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Lyon to our board,” said SouthWest Affiliate Executive Vice President, Midge LaPorte Epstein. “Through his continued support of our efforts, including the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart programs in Frisco schools, Jeremy has demonstrated his commitment to our efforts to combat childhood obesity and promote health and wellness for faculty and staff. Now, as a member of our board, he will be well positioned to help us promote increased physical activity and wellness across Texas and our six-state region.”
Lyon joined Frisco ISD as superintendent in January 2013 after 12 years in the superintendent’s leadership role in districts in Oregon and Texas. In 2012, he received the Superintendent’s School Health Leadership Award from the American School Health Association. Through his many years in the classroom working with thousands of students, Lyon developed strong beliefs about the role public schools play in building healthy communities. Because of their place at the center of learning and leading, public schools are able to help create the necessary environment for bringing families, businesses and communities together to promote healthy and fit students.
“It is an honor to contribute to the efforts of the American Heart Association, particularly in their commitment to improve the cardiovascular fitness of children,” Lyon said. “The American Heart Association provides leadership and advocacy for building a healthy and fit generation of children in schools and I hope to help them accomplish their goals.”
Currently serving more than 46,000 students through 33 elementary schools, 13 middle schools and six high schools, Frisco ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the nation, adding six schools and 6,000 students in the next two years. Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart are national education and fundraising events sponsored by the AHA and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. These events engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope or playing basketball while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues. Both programs help teach kids the value of community service and how to become empowered to contribute to their communities.