What: In partnership with the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, Mayor Ruben Pineda and Healthy West Chicago will host West Chicago’s first annual Move with the Mayor Challenge walk. The Mayor will join students and other community members on a 30-minute walk to highlight one of the leading causes of death nationwide – heart disease and stroke, as well as ways to prevent it.
Who: Team Pineda led by Mayor Ruben Pineda, Healthy West Chicago led by Director Andi Cooper, elected officials and City leaders, residents, and students
When: Register at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016, with a 9:00 a.m. walk start. There will be a free pre-walk yoga stretch session offered by West Chicago resident Farrah Brown, owner of Thalia Soul Care, for all participants.
Where: The event will begin at Reed-Keppler Park, 201 National Street, and end at the same location. For an interactive map of the Move with the Mayor routes for the month of September, including Reed-Keppler Park, visit www.westchicago.org.
Why: Heart disease is a leading cause of death nationwide, and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death. Research has found walking as little as 30 minutes a day may cut the risk of heart disease by 40 percent. The walk is part of a campaign developed by the city and the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention to encourage residents to walk with the Mayor for 30 minutes every Saturday in September, with a celebration scheduled for all participants on World Heart Day, September 29, 2016. Citizens of all ages are encouraged to track their steps and/or minutes of physical activity each day using an online weekly walking log found at www.westchicago.org.
Interviews: The following individuals will be available for interviews on the day of the walk:
- Ruben Pineda, Mayor of West Chicago
- Fil Mendez Guipoco, Multicultural Initiatives Director, American Heart Association
For more information, visit www.westchicago.org.
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. To learn more, visit www.nationalforum.org.
Mayor Ruben Pineda high-fives another walker during a Move With the Mayor walk in West Chicago. Photo courtesy of Sarah Ann Bass.