Move with the Mayor® for Mental Health

Move with the Mayor® (MWTM) is a nationwide initiative encouraging mayors to lead by example and promote physical activity in their communities. In response to the loneliness epidemic, MWTM has expanded its program to include mental health awareness and support.

Connect and move more for mental health

Health and wellness isn’t just about eating right or moving more. It’s also about connecting with others and taking care of our mental health. That’s why mayors nationwide are joining Move with the Mayor® to promote social connections, physical activity, and mental health in their communities.

Move with the Mayor® Spring Mental Health and Physical Activity Challenge

This May, mayors across the country will participate in the Move with the Mayor® Spring Mental Health and Physical Activity Challenge.

The challenge promotes social connectivity, mental health awareness, and physical activity through a variety of activities. One of the core components of the challenge is encouraging participants to connect with others while being physically active.

This can include activities like:

  • Joining a local sports team
  • Participating in community events
  • Walking with a friend

The goal is to improve your physical and mental well-being by fostering meaningful connections.

2024 Challenge dates:

May 1-31

(Mental Health Awareness Month)

Spread the word

Resources for mayors

Communications toolkit
Arabic | English | Haitian Creole | Spanish

Physical activity and social connectivity tracker
English | Spanish

Press release
English | Spanish

Proclamation
English | Spanish

Connect, Move, Thrive: A Roadmap to Active, Connected Communities

Logos

Walking Meeting Badges

Insufficient or poor social connection is associated with an increased risk of heart disease (29%) and stroke (32%).

Socially connected people tend to live longer and have better health outcomes.

Aerobic exercise alleviates symptoms of anxiety and depression for several hours after a workout. Strength training also improves brain health, reduces anxiety, and increases self-esteem.

Participating cities

Frequently asked questions

for mayors

How do I become a participating mayor?

If you’re interested in joining the challenge, please call 515-422-4498 for more information.

How can I spread the word about MWTM?

You can use our communication toolkit to promote the challenge on your website and social media platforms. You can also send a press release about the challenge to local news outlets.

Is there a cost to participate?

No, participation is free for mayors and their communities.

for residents

Can anyone participate in MWTM?

Yes, the challenge is open to everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. We encourage people of all abilities to participate and make modifications as needed.

How do I track my progress during the challenge?

You can use our tracker to log your physical activity and social interactions. Download it here.

Can I still participate if I don’t live in a participating city?

Yes, you can still join the challenge as an individual or encourage your local mayor to sign up for our next challenge.

Ready to join the challenge?

1

Check out the events calendar.

Find a physical activity you enjoy, and invite family, friends, or coworkers to join you.

2

Download the physical activity and social connectivity tracker.

Fill in a circle for each 30 minutes of social and physical activity.

3

Connect and get moving!

Connect with others in your community, and share your activities on social media using #MoveWithTheMayor.

Calendar of events

April, May and June events

April 20: Earth Day Recycle 5K Run and Trail Cleanup – Henderson, NV

April 26: Pump and Run Health Expo and Pump – Waterloo, IA

April 27: 2024 Pump and Run 1-mile/5K – Waterloo, IA

May 3: Dance the Night Away – Durham, NC

May 4: Wellness Walk – Laurel, MD

May 8: Outdoor Games – Durham, NC

May 9: Women of Wellness (WOW) Conference – Rochester, MN

May 11: Fitness Class: Yoga – Arlington, TX

May 11: Virtual Showing of Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety movie – Laurel, MD

May 14: Tigard’s Tour de Art – Tigard, OR

May 15: Adult Recess – Durham, NC

May 15: Bimbé Community Block Party – Durham, NC

May 15: Outdoor Games – Durham, NC

May 16: 125 Live Everyday Balance Class – Rochester, MN

May 16: Bimbé Cypher at the Bull – Durham, NC

May 16: Adult Kickball – Tigard, OR

May 17: Bimbé Teen Pool Party – Durham, NC

May 18: Dottie Lynn Adult Basketball – Arlington, TX

May 18: Tigard Walks! – Tigard, OR

May 18: Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival – Durham, NC

May 18: Laurel Helping Hands mental health awareness event – Laurel, MD

May 18: Fun Tennis for beginners – Laurel, MD

May 18: Palos Park Doggie Dash – Palos Park, IL

May 18: Med City Marathon – Rochester, MN

May 19: Check Out Detour Athletics – Rochester, MN

May 20: Heart Health Day in partnership with Dr. Brewer – Rochester, MN

May 22: Mental Health Pop-Up – Hanover Park, IL

May 23: Bocce Fun with the Mayor – White Plains, NY 

May 23: One-Mile Walk – Carmel, IN

May 23: Home Run Derby – Arlington, TX

May 25: Glow Bike Ride – Henderson, NV

May 25: Walk with the Mayor – Rochester, MN

May 25: Tigard Murals Bike Ride – Tigard, OR

June 1: Mini Duathlon – Tigard, OR

June 1: National Trails Day event– Denton, TX

Observances

MayMental Health Awareness Month 

MayNational Physical Fitness and Sports Month 

MayAsian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

MayNational Stroke Awareness Month 

MayArthritis Awareness Month 

May Global Youth Traffic Safety Month 

MayOlder Americans Month 

MayWater Safety Month 

May 6-10Air Quality Awareness Week 

May 8Bike and Roll to School Day 

May 17National Bike to Work Day 

May 18 Kids to Parks Day 

May 29 National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Learn more and raise awareness

10 ways you can connect and move more

  1. Join a group exercise class.
  2. Walk or hike with friends.
  3. Participate in a park clean-up event.
  4. Sign up for a charity walk.
  5. Explore virtual reality fitness group workouts.
  6. Take a dance class.
  7. Ride a bike with family.
  8. Play a game of tag.
  9. Go bowling.
  10. Attend a laughter yoga workshop.

Move with the Mayor® is made possible by funding from the:

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In partnership with the: