Move with the Mayor 2017



While heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., it is often preventable. Walking is one of the easiest ways to lower one’s chances of heart disease and its risk factors, like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. That's is why the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is working with mayors across the country to host the Move with the Mayor Challenge, a World Heart Day-inspired campaign that asks citizens to take literal steps to improve their health by walking during the month of September.

What is World Heart Day?
Founded by the World Heart Federation in 2000, World Heart Day is held annually on September 29 to inform people that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death, globally.



Click here to learn more about the National Forum's World Heart Day activities.

Amgen and AstraZeneca are sponsors of World Heart Day in the U.S.




​2017 Move with the Mayor CIties

Columbia, SC
Green Bay, WI
Indianapolis, IN
New Orleans, LA
Oakland, CA
Toledo, OH
West Chicago, IL
Wichita, KS




Interested in being a Move with the Mayor city? Hear why Mayor Schaaf thinks your city should be a part!

The National Forum would like to give a special thank you to CardioSmart and Heka Health for helping make the Move with the Mayor Walking Challenge possible this year.






“I’m involved with Move with the Mayor because it is so important for our community to be healthy. And, if I can be an example of health, then maybe someone else will say, she’s so busy and she’s getting out and walking, maybe I can do the same. So it’s really important that I be an example and that we show folks that it’s easy to do.” --Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo, OH

"We’ve lost too many of our citizens to heart disease for too long,” Mayor Jim Schmitt said. “We want all of our citizens to be with us for a long time, and walking is one of the easiest ways to fight heart disease. If I make time for a walk, anyone can.”


That's why we've joined together to launch Move with the Mayor in West Chicago. It's a monthlong series of walks to save lives by getting people on the road to a healthier heart. Each Saturday in September, we will designate a different neighborhood route that will get us moving for 30 minutes. --Mayor Ruben Pineda, West Chicago, IL

“Heart disease which accounts for a significant number of deaths in Oakland and around the country is completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Walking is one of the easiest ways to lower one’s chances of heart disease and its risk factors, and, if you do it with your friends and coworkers, it can also be a lot of fun. I am very excited to host Oakland’s first “Walk with the Mayor” event and invite our community to join me in taking literal steps to improve their health.”

Move with the Mayor in the News 

Move with the Mayor Dates in West Chicago - Daily Herald

West Chicago Mayor Invites Residents on a Walk - Daily Herald

Editorial: 30 Minutes a Day that Can Save Your Life - Daily Herald