East Texans celebrate award

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texans clad in blue shirts participated in a one-mile walk through downtown Tyler to celebrate!

Tyler was awarded gold recognition as a Heart and Stroke Healthy City. Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass and Northeast Texas Public Health District Chief Executive Officer George Roberts hosted a Mayor's Fit Walk.

The walk began at 11:30 Wednesday morning and left from northwest corner of the Square.

The first 150 walkers to register received a free T-shirt and lunch from CiCi's.

The Texas Heart and Stroke Healthy City Recognition Program of the Texas Department of State Health and the Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, honors cities that have the best practices for preventing and controlling heart disease and stroke.

"This designation is very rewarding and is a testament to the good work being done by the health community in Tyler," said Mayor Barbara Bass. "I would like to recognize George Roberts and the Northeast Texas Public Health District for their work to make Tyler healthier and for bringing this recognition to the City."

The City of Tyler was assessed during fall 2008 to determine the presence of 10 policy and environmental support indicators identified by the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke to be the most important in helping to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three killers of Texans.

The total number of points a city can receive is 40. The City had been assessed in 2004 and again in 2006. During each of these assessments, Tyler was awarded an Honorable Mention with a score of 30. At the completion of the 2008 assessment, Tyler achieved the highest score possible: 40, meeting a recognition level of GOLD.

One of the factors that helped Tyler achieve a GOLD status was the adoption of the new Smoking Ordinance in 2008.