Making the healthy choice the easy choice.

Haciendo la opción saludable la opción mas fácil.

Move with the Mayor Challenge

The Move with the Mayor Challenge is a six-city campaign organized by the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. We ask our residents to take steps to improve their health by walking for 30 minutes each day during the month of September. This Challenge shows that even busy people - like the Mayor - make time for their heart health. You can, too. Below you will find tools and information to help you make the most of the program.


In 2016 walks were scheduled every Saturday in September with a 1.5 miles walk starting at 9:00 a.m. Each week free pre-walk yoga sessions were offered before the walks. Community members celebrated with healthy snacks, fruit infused water and raffle prizes after each walk.

We partnered with West Chicago School District 33 to invite each student, teacher and administrator to come join us on our journey to increase our physical activity. Mayor Pineda and Healthy West Chicago made an impression.


In total, 598 walkers participated in the four walks during September 2016, for our 1st annual Move With the Mayor Challenge. The Challenge concluded on Thursday September 29th – with a Celebration for World Heart Day. Healthy food, live music, a keynote address from local cardiologist Dr. John Kefer, and prizes were raffled all in honor of this international celebration.


We look forward to hosting our 2nd Annual Move With the Mayor Challenge come next September 2017! We encourage you to continue walking through our beautiful City, parks and forest preserves this coming year, and enjoy recreating at The ARC Center. Team Pineda will continue the 9:00 am 5K walks every Saturday and Sunday morning starting at various locations. See Team Pineda’s Facebook page for exact start locations.

  • Interactive Maps

    1.5 Mile MWTM Walking Routes used in September


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    Pedometer Apps Help Sheet

    Suggestions for a pedometer app for your smart phone


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  • PDF Walking Route Maps

    Download and print the MWTM routes to take on your own walks


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Move with the Mayor - in the News


Daily Herald

9/30/2016   “West Chicago celebrates World Heart Day, Move With the Mayor program”

9/02/2016   “West Chicago ready to kick off Move With the Mayor Challenge”

9/01/2016   “Move with the Mayor -- A Challenge that Could Save Your Life”

8/12/2016   “W. Chicago among 6 cities nationwide to Move With the Mayor”


My Suburban Life

10/2016   “WEST CHICAGO MAYOR RUBEN PINEDA joined residents, students and other elected Officials to Fight Heart Disease”


Press Releases

9/27/16   World Heart Day to be Celebrated in West Chicago – September 29, 2016

9/23/16   Final Walk of Move with the Mayor Tomorrow – September 24, 2016

9/12/16   Week 3 of Move with the Mayor on September 17, 2016

9/08/16   Second Move with the Mayor Walk on September 10, 2016

9/06/16   Residents Join Mayor on Walk to Fight Heart Disease

8/29/16   Mayor Ruben Pineda and Healthy West Chicago to Lead Walk in the Fight Against Heart Disease on September 3, 2016

8/25/16   West Chicago Joins Four Other Cities Nationwide to Raise Awareness about Heart Disease

8/23/16   Move with the Mayor – A Challenge that Could Save Your Life – (Op-Ed by Mayor Ruben Pineda)

8/16/16   Great Turnout for Heart Healthy Walk