SAN ANTONIO, Texas Professional athlete and native Texan Wane McGarity, former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, joined supermarket and pharmacy powerhouse H-E-B as the company’s health and wellness program manager.
In the newly created position, McGarity will oversee health and wellness initiatives created for H-E-B customers throughout Texas, and will be based at the company’s San Antonio headquarters. McGarity, an All-America receiver at the University of Texas at Austin who played for four seasons with the NFL, will focus particularly on the issue of childhood obesity and on programs aimed at improving nutrition and increasing physical activity for children and their families.
“We are very proud to have Wane join the H-E-B team to enhance our commitment to the health and well-being of our customers through his passion for health and fitness,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of public affairs and diversity.
McGarity will work with community organizations and school districts in Texas communities to launch outreach efforts, according to the chain. He’ll also work internally at H-E-B to integrate and align health and wellness efforts within store operations, advertising and marketing, and public affairs.
The new H-E-B hire is no stranger to wellness programs. After his professional football career, McGarity served as an intern with the university’s football program, overseeing UT’s strength training programs and assisting with its running camps. Most recently, he was a fitness specialist for Xtreme Speed in San Antonio.
“I’m excited to join H-E-B and bring to it my background in health and nutrition,” said McGarity. “Texas is faced with a challenge when it comes to the future health of our children. I look forward to leading the great team assembled at H-E-B that is ready to meet this challenge head-on to improve the health of our Texas community.”