Mayor Ruben Pineda is joining nine 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.
Move with the MayorTM is 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 walk for 30 minutes on Sunday, September 15, 2019, Saturday September 21, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019. Each walk begins at a different location and all the details are included on the City's website, www.westchicago.org under Events/Move with the Mayor.
The upcoming walk on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. offers a rare opportunity to get those steps in by walking in the Viva Mexico Independence Day Parade. The community is invited to join in the fun, walking under the Healthy West Chicago banner with Mayor Pineda among marching bands, floats, and a 13' piñata. The walk begins at Leman Middle School and ends on Main Street in downtown West Chicago where a day-long celebration of Mexican heritage and culture will take place. "We're making it extra enticing for the walk on September 15th by coordinating it within the Mexican Cultural Center DuPage's parade,” said Mayor Pineda. "It's all about finding opportunities to add movement to our busy schedules."
According to John Clymer, Executive Director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing approximately 610,000 people each year. However, 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.
"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.” 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 47% 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 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™ walk on Saturday, September 7, 2019 drew many people including, Alderman Noreen Ligino-Kubinski, City of West Chicago staff members, students and their families, Assistant Principal Kellie Barros of Currier School, Fil Guipoco of the American Heart Association, and members of the West Chicago Police Department. The walk began and ended at Norton Creek School on Smith Road in West Chicago.
To learn more, visit www.westchicago.org under Events/Move with the Mayor.
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 West Chicago
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