Please note location change due to weather
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Pioneer Elementary School, 615 Kenwood Avenue from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
(Please enter gym from the back of the school)
To mark World Heart Day on Thursday, September 29, 2016 , the City of West Chicago and Healthy West Chicago is teaming up with the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention and other cities to help residents fight heart disease – the nation’s leading cause of death.
Following a month-long walking campaign, Move with the Mayor, which brought hundreds of people out in the month of September to join Mayor Pineda and Healthy West Chicago staff and volunteers for community walks, a World Heart Day celebration is planned for Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Pioneer Elementary School, 615 Kenwood Avenue, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (Please enter gym from the back of the school) Healthy foods, prizes, free blood pressure screenings, a walk, and guest speakers will be part of the festivities.
“We’d like to see the entire community come by to celebrate the success of September’s Move with the Mayor campaign, and to learn more about fighting heart disease. The enthusiasm for the four organized walks was amazing. We had hundreds of kids and adults participate, and we all had a great time. We met new friends and neighbors, while getting healthier walking together,” said Mayor Ruben Pineda. “For those who haven’t logged their steps or activity yet for September, it’s not too late. Visit the Move with the Mayor page on the City’s website and enter your activity on the weekly walking log, so we can celebrate our collective success on Thursday,” Mayor Pineda added.
According to John Clymer, executive director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, “Cardiovascular disease kills some 800,000 Americans every year. We’re tired of seeing our friends and family members dying from a disease that can be prevented.”
Five cities partnered with the National Forum for the weekly “Move With the Mayor Challenges” this year: Columbia, SC; Green Bay, Wisc.; Lorain, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and West Chicago, Ill. In addition, the National Forum is hosting a special event in New Orleans to mark World Heart Day. “Our goal is to show how simple it is to become healthier and live longer,” Clymer said. “Walking, for example, is one of the easiest ways to lower your chances of heart disease and its risk factors, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes,” Clymer said. “You don’t need a gym membership, workout clothes or exercise equipment. You just need to walk out the door.”
Events on World Heart Day are part of a larger national public education campaign by the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention. The campaign promotes heart-healthy habits, such as cholesterol checks, healthy diets, smoking cessation, stress reduction, and regular physical activity such as daily walking. In the coming months, the National Forum plans to partner with more cities to improve – and save – even more lives. “We’re asking Americans to make a commitment to their heart,” Clymer said. “Because when you make a commitment to your heart, you’re making a commitment to your family and friends for a healthier future and a better life with them.”
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.
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. 29th 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.
Invitation to World Heart Day Celebration