Healthy West Chicago, Community School District 33 and WeGo Together for Kids Partner in Effort
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This year, Move with the Mayor is answering the U.S. Surgeon’s Call to action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. The Surgeon General aims to get Americans walking and rolling to gain physical activity to prevent and reduce their risk of chronic diseases and premature death.
Residents, students, and elected officials of West Chicago will be taking steps in September to fight heart disease.
West Chicago will be joining other cities around the nation also 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 Community School District #33 and WeGo Together for Kids, 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, 2018.
“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 1, 2018 – Pioneer Elementary School – 615 Kenwood Avenue
September 8, 2018 – Currier Elementary School – 800 Garys Mill Road
September 15, 2018 – Gary Elementary School – 130 E. Forest Avenue
September 22, 2018 – Turner Elementary School – 750 Ingalton Avenue
“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