Following the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention’s successful Move with the Mayor campaign in West Chicago, Illinois, Mayor Ruben Pineda is heading to Washington, D.C. to give the keynote address at the organization’s 14th Annual Meeting, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.
“I am honored to be invited and to have an opportunity to share the success of our community on a national stage. So many of our residents took the challenge to heart and came out for a 30-minute walk each Saturday in September. It was awesome, and my hope is that it continues,” said Mayor Pineda.
The National Forum’s Annual Meeting is now in its 14th year, bringing together leaders in cardiovascular health from the public and private sectors to share strategies for preventing heart disease and stroke. This one-day event showcases how organizations can collaborate to improve cardiovascular health, and features results of campaigns and pilot programs from around the country. This year, West Chicago, Illinois’ successful campaign will be one of those shared with attendees.
The theme for this year’s meeting is Bridging Population and Clinical Health. Speakers and participants will focus on developing and strengthening a culture of health and will discuss and share examples of programs and systems that have built and traveled across bridges from clinical and community sectors.
“The Forum’s Annual Meeting will focus on a shared vision that we hold dear in West Chicago – that of building a culture of health for everyone in our community,” said Mayor Pineda. “I am excited to talk about how we are working hard to do just that in West Chicago.”
Mayor Pineda plans to share information on the spark that ignited West Chicago’s health initiative, as well as the support he received from 40 plus community partners, and the steps involved in the formation of a community-wide collaborative called Healthy West Chicago, in his address.
Prior to his appearance at the Forum’s Annual meeting, Mayor Pineda will be an invited guest at a Capitol Hill reception on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, to recognize and celebrate the Ten Year Anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. The milestone marks the establishment of CDC’s cardiovascular disease prevention unit in 2006 and the nation’s improvements in heart health since then.