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Superintendent Dixon Joins AHA Board of Directors in Cleveland

Dr. Dixon and Valerie Smith of the AHA

July 6, 2016 -- Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon has accepted an invitation to become part of the local Board of Directors for the American Heart Association. She began her service on the board July 1, 2016.

“It is a true honor to join the Board of Directors of the AHA’s Northeast Ohio affiliate. The American Heart Association improves the lives of countless Americans by helping people quit smoking, learn CPR, live healthier and longer by avoiding heart disease and strokes, and so much more,” said Dr. Dixon. “At CH-UH, we emphasize community service and we also recognize that health is the cornerstone of successful education, so I cannot think of a more fitting organization with which to be involved.

“Heart disease is far too prevalent in our society, and I have seen firsthand the terrible impact it can have on families, but it is preventable, and we can all play a part in raising awareness.”

Dr. Dixon has a history of connection to the mission of the American Heart Association. This year, through Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart youth health initiatives organized and led by district staff, school staff leaders and American Heart Association, the CH-UH school district raised $22,793.29. Students and staff across 10 schools within the district participated to keep their heart’s healthy and raised funds for heart and stroke research and education.

Valerie Smith, youth market director for the American Heart Association in Cleveland, partnered with Dr. Dixon and school staff leaders to organize a district-wide partnership.

“Her passion for student, staff and community wellness is inspiring, and we are so happy to continue to partner with Dr. Dixon in this new way. Her leadership in the community and understanding of the best ways to make an impact on the health of our youth will be valuable resources as she adds to our Board of Directors,” said Smith.

The CH-UH District was also recognized by the AHA as a Fit Friendly Worksite for meeting criteria for employee wellness. Smith presented Dr. Dixon with a commemorative plaque last week. The American Heart Association recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. CH-UH received the Gold Achievement recognition for meeting physical activity, nutrition and culture criteria set forth by the AHA.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 216-791-7500 or visit Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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