Mayors in five cities participate in weekly walks to raise heart disease awareness

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Mayors from five cities have partnered with the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention to raise awareness of heart disease.

Throughout the month of September, the mayors are participating in weekly walks with residents in Columbia, South Carolina; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Lorain, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and West Chicago, Illinois.

The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is a non-profit health organization with members from more than 80 organizations, including the American Heart Association, Association of Black Cardiologists and the CDC.

John Clymer, executive director of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, said in a news release that walking as little as 30 minutes a day could significantly reduce people’s risk of heart disease and stroke.

“Cardiovascular disease kills more Americans than all types of cancer combined,” Clymer said. “That needs to change, and that’s what the Move with the Mayor Challenge is all about preventing heart disease and saving lives.”