Frisco's Superintendent Sends A Heart-Healthy Message

Dec 23, 2013

The American Heart Association appointed Frisco Superintendent Jeremy Lyon to its Southwest Affiliate board earlier this month. He says he wants to help schools districts work more closely with the organization and help tackle the childhood obesity issue.
Credit Frisco ISD

Frisco School Superintendent Jeremy Lyon believes healthy children make better grades.  His philosophy is one reason the American Heart Association recently made Lyon the first superintendent appointed to an affiliate board. Here's more on how Lyon plans to put his passion into practice.

Before landing the top schools job in Frisco ISD last year, Jeremy Lyon already had a reputation for tackling childhood obesity head-on. In the Hays school district southwest of Austin, he implemented a mapping project to help pinpoint where students at the highest risk for developing obesity-related problems lived. Lyon says taking such steps was crucial.

“We had children coming to school with moderate and severe health issues and we have them on our campuses and doing all that we can to teach them and help them, but they’re not healthy,” Lyon says.

In his new role on the American Heart Association’s Southwest Affiliate board, Lyon hopes to be not only an ambassador for healthy living, but a liaison between the heart association and school districts. He says the appointment will help him learn about the organization’s various programs.

“We’re trying to figure out the same things, but we don’t necessarily talk to one another very often,” Lyon says. “We cannot afford to continue that pattern if we’re going to make a difference with obesity in this country and cardiovascular health.”

You can read more about Superintendent Lyon on the Class of 17 blog.