Mayor Pineda Leads Residents in a Virtual Physical Activity Challenge to Boost Physical Activity Nationwide
Mayor Ruben Pineda is joining thirty-one other mayors in a nationwide initiative to reduce heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 killer, by encouraging residents to get up and get moving. Mayor Pineda kicked off West Chicago’s annual “Move with the MayorTM” (MWTM) series of physical activity offerings aimed to foster community and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease across the City. Since communities continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 environment, and to maintain everyone’s safety, this year’s MWTM initiative activities will be virtual.
Mayor Pineda is joining residents in a citywide virtual physical activity challenge to demonstrate that staying active can be fun and rewarding and that even the busiest people can make time for heart-healthy activities.
Move with the MayorTM, a partnership between the City of West Chicago, Healthy West Chicago, and the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, encourages residents to join the Mayor in a citywide virtual physical activity challenge in August and September.
“Being physically active can have numerous benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke,” said Mayor Pineda. “Still, I know it can be hard to fit physical activity into our daily routines. That’s why I’m hosting a series of virtual physical activity events in West Chicago to show that fitting 30 minutes of activity into even a hectic daily schedule is possible and can be incredibly rewarding.”
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing approximately 655,000 people each year (1 in every 4 deaths). It does not have to be that way because three of every four people can prevent it through healthy diets, living smoke-free and increased physical activity, such as walking”, says John Clymer, executive director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention.
“Seventy-one million Americans do not get enough physical activity in their daily lives, and that increases their risk for heart disease and stroke,” said Clymer. “And by getting up, getting out, and walking more — perhaps from one meeting to another or other ways in their daily lives — a person can reduce his or her risk and have a longer, more active life.”
Mayor Pineda agrees and says his goal is to motivate all West Chicago residents to walk or move to improve their cardiovascular health.
“While we will be offering a variety of virtual physical activity events during the months of August and September, I urge West Chicago residents to find a form of physical activity they enjoy, and stick to it year-round, whether it’s taking the stairs, dancing, swimming, or bike riding.” said Mayor Pineda. “By doing our part, we can help build a healthier, more dynamic community.”
Research shows that moving for just 30 minutes a day can help combat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, three of the biggest risk factors for heart disease affecting about 48% of all Americans.
About 1 in 3 Americans have high cholesterol; however, many people may not even know they have it, as there are no outward symptoms, according to the CDC. High cholesterol is primarily a result of physical inactivity and dietary habits, including the consumption of animal foods such as eggs, meat, and full fat dairy, and certain oils, such as coconut and palm oil. Other risk factors include weight, overall health, family history, and smoking. While elevated cholesterol levels typically affect adults, the CDC reports that 7% of children ages 6-19 have higher-than-average cholesterol.
Prevention is possible, though. The CDC recommends that Americans eat healthy diets packed with fruits and vegetables, quit smoking, and move for 30 minutes a day. Additionally, adults should get their cholesterol levels checked via a blood test every five years unless otherwise directed by a doctor.
“Mayors around the country recognize that by helping people to become more active in their everyday lives, they can help people have healthier and more vibrant lives,” said Clymer.
Mayor Pineda’s kick-off Move with the Mayor™ virtual physical activity challenge starts on August 1st. For more information, visit the Healthy West Chicago website.
ABOUT HEALTHY WEST CHICAGO
Healthy West Chicago is dedicated to increasing healthy eating and physical activity in the City of West Chicago to make West Chicago one of the healthiest communities in the region. Through engaging events and policy efforts, we aim to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. Its mission is to ensure that all residents of West Chicago will have access to an optimal state of health and wellness. To learn more, visit https://www.healthywestchicago.org/.
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 90 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.