Columbus Residents Join Mayor Ginther In First of a Series of Walks to Fight Heart Disease
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther
joined residents and city employees today in taking steps, literally, to fight
The Mayor hosted the city’s first “Move with the MayorTM
Challenge,” a month-long series of walks to save lives by getting people on the
path to healthier hearts.
The campaign, a partnership between the City of Columbus,
Columbus Public Health, The Ohio State University and the National Forum for
Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, encourages residents to walk with the
Mayor for 30 minutes on September 12, 18 and 25.
This year, Move with the Mayor is answering the U.S.
Surgeon’s Call to action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. The
Surgeon General aims to get Americans walking to gain physical activity to
prevent and reduce their risk of chronic diseases and premature death.
“Many Columbus residents suffer from heart disease,” said
Mayor Ginther. “We want all of our neighbors to be with us for a long time, and
walking is one of the easiest ways to fight heart disease and prevent strokes.”
“80 percent of cardiovascular disease can be prevented with
healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as being physically active for 150 minutes
per week,” said Bernadette Melnyk, Ohio State University Chief Wellness Officer
and Vice President of Health Promotion. “However, even if you do not meet the
150 minutes per week evidence-based recommendation, findings from research
support that even brief bouts of moving or physical activity can be beneficial
for your heart. The bottom line is move more and sit less.”
“Walking is a great way to exercise, and being active is one
of the most important things you can do for your health,” said Dr. Mysheika
Roberts, Columbus Health Commissioner. “Physical activity has been shown to
help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, strengthen bones and muscles,
and improve your mental health and mood. That’s why we encourage everyone to
take steps towards better health and get moving today.”
Heart disease kills more than 600,000 Americans every year.
That’s roughly one out of every four deaths in the U.S. Yet surveys
show many people are unaware that heart disease kills more people than all
types of cancer combined.
Additional walks with Mayor Ginther will be held:
- Wednesday, September 12, 5 p.m. at Columbus
Public Health (240 Parson Ave.)
- Tuesday, September 18, 4:30 p.m. at the Ohio
Union (1739 North High St.)
- Tuesday, September 25, 5 p.m. at Georgian
Heights Elementary (784 Georgian Dr.)
To learn more about the Mayor’s walks, visit https://www.nationalforum.org/collaborations/move-with-the-mayor/
ABOUT THE NATIONAL FORUM FOR HEART DISEASE & STROKE
The National Forum
for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention leads and encourages
collaborative action to prevent the number one cause of death, cardiovascular
disease. More than 90 organizations from public health, health care, industry,
government and academia belong to the National Forum. It is a tax-exempt,
independent non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.