It’s time to “start walking!” On Saturday, September 18, the 2010 Tyler Area Start! Heart Walk will take place at Rose Rudman Park and the Robert E. Lee track field from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This annual event, sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA), is an effort to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease, its warning signs and treatments. The Heart Walk serves as the organization’s premier fund-raising event.
More than one million walkers will particpate in a Heart Walk across the United States this year, helping to raise funds to save lives from this country’s number one and number three killers, heart disease and stroke. Heart disease kills more people in America each year than any other disease and takes the lives of more women over the age of 25 than all forms of cancer combined. Strokes also affect a higher percentage of women then men, and, on average, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. The mission of the AHA is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Serving as co-chair for the 2010 Tyler Area Start! Heart Walk, Jerry Woolverton, along with fellow co-chair C. Fagg Sanford, III, M.D., F.A.C.C., encourages the community to become involved in improving their heart health. As little as 30 mintues a day of physical activity can lead to a stronger, healthier body.
A member of the East Texas community for 27 years, Mr. Woolverton takes pride in his volunteer efforts that have helped people live better, more fruitful lives, and have helped businesses prosper. He is a board member of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as a member of the executive committee, is chair of the business development council, and is chair-elect of the area development council. Mr. Woolverton is also a board member for both the Tyler Economic Development Council and the Children’s Village.
Mr. Woolverton was born in Jacksonville, Texas, and graduated from Jacksonville High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and his master’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler. Mr. Woolverton is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University School of Banking in Dallas, Texas, and is the Tyler president for Texas Bank and Trust. He and his wife, Kelley, currently reside in Lindale and are the parents of Hannah, 20, Emma, 17, Hayden, 13, Brandon, 10, Leyton, 7, and Gracie, 5. The Woolvertons attend Green Acres Baptist Church.
“God has given me so much. Volunteerism allows me to give back a little of what He has given to me,” Mr. Woolverton said.
To learn more about the 2010 Tyler Area Start! Heart Walk, please visit heartwalk.kintera.org.