Mayors Join with National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention to Battle No. 1 Killer of Americans


John Clymer

Mayors from across the U.S. are partnering with the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention to take steps now to fight the most prolific killer of Americans - - heart disease.

All the mayors are hosting their own “Move with the Mayor Challenge,” a month-long series of walks to save lives by getting people on the road to a healthier heart.

The campaign, a partnership between the cities and the National Forum, encourages residents to join their mayor for weekly walks from Sept. 1 through World Heart Day, Sept. 29.

surveys show many people are unaware that cardiovascular diseases kill more Americans than all types of cancer combined.

“Too many people don’t realize that heart disease is America’s No. 1 cause of death,” said John Clymer, executive director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention. “It’s a silent epidemic that’s killing hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.

“But this doesn’t have to happen. Deaths from heart disease are preventable,” Clymer added. “That’s why we’re trying to spread the word and get people moving.”

Million Heartsinitiative:

-- A for aspirin: Take aspirin as recommended by your health care provider.
-- B for Blood pressure. Get your blood pressure checked and find ways to lower it if necessary.

-- C for Cholesterol. Manage your cholesterol.

-- S for Smoking cessation. If you need help quitting, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit

“Just about anyone can take these simple steps to prevent heart disease and live a longer, healthier, happier life,” Clymer said. “The steps are small but the benefits are huge.”

To learn more about the walks, visit


The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention brings together the most dynamic and diverse organizations in cardiovascular health, providing a forum and outlet for organizations to amplify their voices. Our members currently represent more than 80 national and international organizations from the public and private healthcare organizations, as well as faith, advocacy, academic, and policy settings. The National Forum is an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3), voluntary health organization. To learn more, visit

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