Mayor Pineda Will Join Students and Residents to Shine a Spotlight on Heart Disease and Help to Save Lives
What: In partnership with the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, Mayor Pineda will host a special event for World Heart Day on Friday. The Mayor will join local students and residents to highlight the leading cause of death for West Chicago residents — heart disease – and ways to prevent it.
The event will include rock-painting and a special walk with the Mayor.
Who: Mayor Pineda, community members, students
When: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Friday, September 29, 2017
Where: Gary Elementary School at 130 E. Forest Avenue in West Chicago
Why: Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death. Yet surveys show many people are unaware that cardiovascular diseases kill more people than all types of cancer combined. Most deaths from heart disease are preventable.
Friday’s special event is part of a series of weekly walks led by Mayor Pineda. The walks were part of the “Move With the Mayor Challenge,” a campaign developed by the city and the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention.
Research has found walking as little as 30 minutes a day can significantly cut the risk of heart disease.
Contact: Rosemary Mackey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 293-2200 x139
For more information, visit www.westchicago.org under Special Events/Move with the Mayor, or visit MovewiththeMayor.org.
Those contributing to the event include: Healthy West Chicago, Community School District 33, the American Heart Association, Kindred Coffee, Republic Bank, the West Chicago Park District, Supermercado Tampico, WeGo Together for Kids, the Bass Family, and People Made Visible.
About World Heart Day
World Heart Day was founded in the year 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year. World Heart Day takes place on Sept. 29 every year. World Heart Day spreads the word that at least 80 percent of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) could be avoided if four main risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol – are controlled.
About the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention
The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention brings together the most dynamic and diverse organizations in cardiovascular health, providing a forum and outlet for organizations to amplify their voices. Our members currently represent more than 80 national and international organizations from the public and private healthcare organizations, as well as faith, advocacy, academic, and policy settings. The National Forum is an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3), voluntary health organization.