Move with the Mayor – A Challenge that Could Save Your Life
Residents, students, and elected officials of West Chicago will be taking steps in September to fight the No. 1 killer across the nation – heart disease.
The City will be joining four other cities, Oklahoma City, OK; Lorain, OH; Columbia, SC; and Green Bay, WI, in hosting its first annual Move with the Mayor Challenge, a month-long series of walks to raise awareness about heart disease and ways to prevent it. Citizens of all ages are encouraged to track their steps and/or minutes of physical activity each day on an online weekly walking log.
The campaign, a partnership between the City of West Chicago, Healthy West Chicago and the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, with great support from the staff and administration of School District #33, encourages the community to get out and walk with Mayor Ruben Pineda every Saturday morning in September until World Heart Day, September 29, 2016.
“I understand that we are all busier than ever with the demands of work, family and social commitments, but according to the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke, if we can find just 30 minutes a day to walk, we can add years to our lives,” said Mayor Pineda.
John Clymer, executive director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, said walking is one of the easiest ways to lower a person’s chances of heart disease and its risk factors, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Research shows that all it takes to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke may be walking as little as 30 minutes a day.
Walks will be scheduled every Saturday in September with registration at 8:30 a.m. and walk starting at 9:00 a.m. 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. The schedule follows:
•September 3, 2016 – Gary Elementary School – 130 E. Forest Avenue
•September 10, 2016 – Currier Elementary School – 800 Garys Mill Road
•September 17, 2016 – HWC Office/St. Michael’s Church – 108 Sherman Street
•September 24, 2016 – Reed-Keppler Park – 201 W. National Street
“So, just show up with comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water, I’ll be waiting for you,” said Mayor Pineda.
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.