AURORA, IL — Residents of aurora are urged to get outside and "Move With the Mayor" each weekend this month in a nationwide initiative encouraging physical activity and health.
The initiative, from the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, looks to lower community's risks of heart disease by minimizing risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
In a release, Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin said the effort was enacted after months of mandatory quarantine and stay-at-home orders limited residents' physical activity.
“It’s been a long six months of limited activity in order to keep our community safe,” Irvin said in a statement. “As we continue to stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19, I am encouraging residents to commit to their personal health as well by staying physically active.”
On Saturday, the mayor and the Happy Feet Walkers Club will meet at 9 a.m. for a two-mile walk on the Meridian Parkway Trails. ATtendees can park at the former Robert Morris University Building at 905 Meridian Lake Drive.
The following Saturday, Sept. 19, a free outdoor Dance Fuze Studio Aurora class will be offered to the mayor and residents at 908 N. Lake Street. Attendees must register in advance to attend for free.
On Sept. 26, the mayor, the Aurora Complete Count Committee and volunteers will walk door-to-door to remind residents to complete the 2020 Census on the final Community Census Day. Volunteers can choose which neighborhoods to visit.
Registration for Move With The Mayor can be completed online. Each participant will receive a free bracelet and certificate of participation.