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Media Advisory
News Date: September 06, 2018

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 heart disease.

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


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.