Dates released for the 2017 campaign to fight the #1 killer across the nation – heart disease
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 ten other cities, Oklahoma City, OK; Columbia, SC; Green Bay, WI; Arlington, TX; Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Toledo, OH; and Wichita, KS, in hosting the “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 participate.
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 leading up to World Heart Day, September 29, 2017.
“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 may 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. The schedule follows:
- September 2, 2017 – Currier Elementary School – 800 Garys Mill Road
- September 9, 2017 – Gary Elementary School – 130 E. Forest Avenue
- September 16, 2017 – St. Michael’s Church – 108 Sherman Street
- September 23, 2017 – Reed-Keppler Park – 201 W. National Street
An interactive map for each of the Move with the Mayor routes for the month of September is also available.
“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.