Dixon joins AHA Cleveland board of directors

Superintendent Talisa Dixon (left) receives a plaque from Valerie Smith, AHA Cleveland youth market director, recognizing CH-UH schools as a Fit Friendly Worksite.

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Superintendent Talisa Dixon has accepted an invitation to join the local board of directors for the American Heart Association (AHA).

“It is a true honor to join the Board of Directors of the AHA’s Northeast Ohio affiliate,” said Dixon, who began her board service on July 1. “The AHA 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.

“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.”

This year, through Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart—youth health initiatives organized and led by district staff, school staff leaders and the AHA—the CH-UH district raised $22,793.29. Students and staff across 10 schools within the district participated to keep their hearts healthy, and raised funds for heart and stroke research and education.

Valerie Smith, youth market director for AHA in Cleveland, partnered with Dixon and school staff leaders to organize a districtwide 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, and received the Gold Achievement recognition for meeting physical activity, nutrition and culture criteria set forth by the AHA.

Scott Wortman

Scott Wortman is the coordinator of communications for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

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