Move with the Mayor

Mayors use Move with the Mayor™ to encourage residents to protect and improve their health and to make their communities more active and accessible. In 2020, mayors are using Move with the Mayor™ messaging, policy recommendations and other tools to empower and protect community members from COVID-19 and improve cardiovascular health and health equity.


is a national initiative that works with mayors across the country to challenge their communities to be more physically active. Mayors encourage their communities to be physically active to lower their chances of heart disease and its risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

In 2020, our focus remains the same although the unprecedented nature of COVID-19 has shifted the way we work with cities and engage communities to maintain everyone’s safety. We are excited to announce the continuance of MWTM as a virtual challenge this year. The National Forum has devised a new plan to guide cities as the challenge kicks off in August.


2020 Participating Cities

Akron, OH •  Augusta, GA • Bartlett, IL • Baton Rouge, LA •  Beavercreek, OH • Bloomingdale, IL •  Columbia, SC  A • Columbus, OH • Cuyahoga Falls, OH • Dayton, OH • Elyria, OH • Findlay, OH • Glen Ellyn, IL • Green Bay, WI • Gresham, OR • Hanover Park, IL •  Jackson, MS • Lancaster, OH • Little Rock, AR • Oakland, CA •  Rochester, MN •   Tallmadge, OH • West Chicago, IL •  Youngstown, OH


Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and National Forum Board member and Black News Channel host Mark McEwen take to the radio airwaves to discuss the importance of preventing and controlling high blood pressure to reduce one’s risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and, now, COVID-19. These two influential African American men share their personal efforts to control high blood pressure, and how others can take control of their blood pressure. Click here to catch their episode.


Step it Up! Success Roadmap

Ohio Mayors' Challenge Results

Photo Gallery 2019

What Mayors Are Saying:


“That’s why we’ve joined together to launch Move with the Mayor in West Chicago. It’s a month-long series of walks to save lives by getting people on the road to a healthier heart. Each Saturday in September, we will designate a different neighborhood route that will get us moving for 30 minutes.” – Mayor Ruben Pineda, West Chicago, IL   



“I joined Move With the Mayor because I want the citizens and constituents of my community to enjoy an abundant life and that means a healthy life. You see here in south Louisiana we have great food and we love our food. But we also have health challenges like heart disease and diabetes and obesity. I want to lead by example and encourage, motivate and cheer my community on towards a healthy lifestyle.” – Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, LA 



“It’s a great opportunity to get out and about with our neighbors here in this city, get moving: do our part around wellness, reducing our risk for cardiovascular disease, a great chance to talk with our neighbors about what’s going on in their lives, a great way to reduce stress, improve our mental and emotional well-being.” – Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus, OH




“Ohio outpaces most of the U.S. in cases of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, physical inactivity and obesity. 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.”
Mayor Christina Muryn, Findlay, OH

Move with the Mayor in the News

In 2018, Mayor Jim Schmitt and National Forum’s John Clymer discussed the new Move with the Mayor™ Green Bay Impact Report on Local 5 News This Morning with anchors Nate Steward and Brittany Falkers. Mayor Schmitt has used Move with the Mayor™ as a gateway to engage city employees in a comprehensive health initiative. Data indicate employees’ health is better than the Wisconsin and U.S. general populations, and hospitalization costs are falling.

2019 Participating Cities

Akron, OH • Albuquerque, NM •  Alexandria, VA • Baton Rouge, LA •  Beavercreek, OH • Columbia, SC • Columbus, OH • Cuyahoga Falls, OH •Dayton, OH • Elyria, OH • Findlay, OH • Green Bay, WI • Grove City, OH • Lancaster, OH • Los Angeles, CA  •  Toledo, OH  • West Chicago, IL • Youngstown, OH

2018 Participating Cities

Arlington, TX • Baton Rouge, LA • Bloomington, IN • Columbia, SC • Columbus, OH • Findlay, OH •
Green Bay, WI • Los Angeles, CA • Oakland, CA • Orlando, FL • Rochester Hills, MI  • West Chicago, IL


The National Forum thanks the sponsors of Move with the Mayor: