Mayor Muryn Recognized for Commitment to Boosting Findlay’s Heart Health
(Columbus, OH). (November 9) – Mayor Christina Muryn and the city of Findlay were recognized at The Ohio State University vs. University of Maryland football game today for their commitment to boosting Findlay’s heart health. Muryn joined other Ohio mayors on the field during the game to raise awareness about ways that people can save their own lives and prevent the devastating effects of heart disease and stroke. The football game featured a heart health theme, including fan-friendly messages on how Ohioans can improve their well-being.
Why the focus on heart health? Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the country. Every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack, and Ohio has the 12th-highest rate of deaths from heart disease.
“Ohio outpaces most of the U.S. in cases of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, physical inactivity and obesity,” said Mayor Muryn. “We can do something about that and become a role model for other cities and states across the country. I am glad to join mayors across the state to make a difference.”
“To prevent cardiovascular disease takes people and the communities working together,” said John M. Clymer, executive director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention. “Mayor Muryn is providing great leadership at home in Findlay and on the national level. At home, she is demonstrating that even someone with a super busy schedule can fit more walking into their daily routine. Beyond Ohio, she introduced a U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution urging cities to answer the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. The nation’s mayors passed it unanimously.”
Through the Move with the MayorTM Step it Up Challenge, eleven mayors across Ohio participated in a friendly Buckeye state challenge (as part of a nationwide initiative) to reduce heart disease and stroke. Mayors encouraged residents to get up and get moving. In addition to hosting walks and other physical activity events, mayors also completed a Success Roadmap inspired by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. The Success Roadmap helps cities identify and strengthen programs and policies to improve health and encourage people to walk and live healthy, active lifestyles. Findlay earned a Silver level distinction.
Ohio cities – all members of the Ohio Mayors Alliance – participating in the Step It Up Challenge included: Akron, Beavercreek, Columbus, Cuyahoga Falls, Dayton, Elyria, Findlay, Grove City, Lancaster, Toledo and Youngstown.
“We are so thrilled that Ohio mayors and the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention have joined with us to battle and reverse the devastating effects of heart disease in our state,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and College of Nursing dean at The Ohio State University. “Research shows that 80% of chronic disease, including those that affect your heart, are preventable with a few healthy lifestyle behaviors that include regular physical activity, healthy eating, stress reduction and not smoking. We value this partnership to raise awareness and help people across Buckeye Nation and our state to make healthy choices.”
"We’re pleased that mayors across Ohio are coming together to raise awareness around heart disease and stroke prevention," said Keary McCarthy, executive director of the Ohio Mayors Alliance. "We hope our mayors keep their Move with the Mayor programs going and continue to be advocates for healthier, active lifestyles.”
More information on heart disease and stroke prevention are available at go.osu.edu/o-heart-i-o.
ABOUT MOVE WITH THE MAYOR™
Move with the Mayor (MTWM) is an initiative developed by the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, an independent non-profit, 501(c) (3), voluntary health organization. Participating mayors encourage their citizens to take literal steps to improve their health by walking since it is one of the easiest ways to lower one’s chances of heart disease and its risk factors, like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The MWTM Step it Up Challenge partners included The Ohio State University College of Nursing and the Ohio Mayors Alliance. To learn more, visit bit.do/MoveWithTheMayor, go.osu.edu/o-heart-i-o & ohiomayorsalliance.org.