The public is advised that — based on weather predictions — prizes and pressure screenings for World Heart Day in West Chicago will move to Pioneer Elementary School’s gymnasium from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 29 at 615 Kenwood Ave.
After lengthy preparations including a month-long community walking campaign with Mayor Ruben Pineda, community leaders are poised to publicize heart health at this free event, a partnership between West Chicago and the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention.
Other cities joined the "Move with the Mayor Challenge" campaign from their respective locales, including Columbia, South Carolina; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Lorain, Ohio, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The National Forum also plans a New Orleans event in conjunction with World Heart Day.
“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,” Mayor Pineda said. “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.”
Cardiovascular disease ends approximately 800,000 lives annually, National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention’s Executive Director John Clymer said, adding that walking is a wonderful way to stay healthy.
“You don’t need a gym membership, workout clothes or exercise equipment,” Clymer said. “You just need to walk out the door .… We’re asking Americans to make a commitment to their heart; 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.”