Mesquite, TX – December 4, 2019 – The City of Mesquite has earned a Heart Safe Community designation from the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC). Less than 20 cities have been honored with the designation, which highlights a community for their efforts to protect its citizens from the effects of heart disease and sudden cardiac death.
ER Director at Dallas Regional Medical Center and President of the Mesquite Heart Board, Lisa Fox, said, “Our City of Mesquite plays a big part in this with raising awareness of heart disease. We have a smoke free ordinance for the City of Mesquite. We have healthy menus in our restaurants here in the City of Mesquite for heart healthy diets…our parks and trails, our recreation system and our fitness facilities play a very important part.”
The Mesquite Heart Board along with the Mesquite Fire Department, Mesquite Police Department, Dallas Regional Medical Center, and Mesquite Independent School District joined efforts to become a Heart Safe Community through NCTTRAC.
The Mesquite Heart Board led the charge by becoming a nonprofit organization. This allows the Board to keep all the funds they raise here in the Mesquite community. Allowing the organization to provide education, automated external defibrillators (AED) and other life-saving tools to the citizens of Mesquite.
In recognition of the award the board presented a Heart Safe Community sign to Mayor Bruce Archer at the Dec. 2 City Council meeting.