Frankfort mayor telling residents to move it in exercise effort


Being a mayor generally is a demanding job, and for Frankfort’s Keith Ogle, it helps to stroll it off.

He’s sharing that message with residents by becoming a member of a bunch of municipalities in a nationwide marketing campaign known as Transfer with the Mayor.

Ogle stated the Transfer with the Mayor marketing campaign was a straightforward promote when he heard about it at a Metropolitan Mayors Caucus assembly.

“I believed that may be an thrilling factor to be a part of,” he stated. “You get a bit of bit older and family and friends have well being circumstances. … Generally you actually may also help alleviate quite a lot of the signs by way of strolling, altering weight loss program and getting extra bodily lively.”

Ogle, who has lifted weights for years, additionally now does his share of strolling, too.

“Particularly being mayor, it’s a part-time job, however I work about 60 hours every week, so you need to deal with your self as properly,” he stated. “I began strolling day by day and I do need to encourage different individuals. It’s nice to your psychological state, but additionally like anyone else, I want to observe my blood stress and blood sugar.

“It helps hold me collectively.”

He’s becoming a member of greater than 60 mayors nationwide who’ve already signed on to the Transfer with the Mayor venture, together with Rick Reinbold of Richton Park and Kelly Burke of Evergreen Park.

The initiative is being promoted by the Nationwide Discussion board for Coronary heart Illness and Stroke Prevention, which identified that coronary heart illness is a number one explanation for demise within the U.S., killing 655,000 individuals yearly. However analysis has proven that wholesome diets, not utilizing tobacco merchandise and exercising may also help forestall coronary heart assaults and strokes.

The marketing campaign in Frankfort runs Sept. 1 by way of Oct. 15 and contains village-sponsored actions might be posted on the village web site Some residents have already provided recommendations.

There might be dancing with the Frankfort Sq. Park District, yoga, stretching occasions and conferences the place village points might be mentioned as members stroll for a half-hour. There may even be a “Coasting with a Cop” bike journey with the village’s bike management officers. Actions may even be provided at Cedarhurst of Frankfort for residents of that assisted dwelling facility.

Although the marketing campaign is dubbed a “problem,” Ogle stated he’s not making an attempt to stress residents, simply encourage them to do half-hour of train day by day and have enjoyable within the course of. That would imply gardening or different leisure exercise that will get individuals up and shifting. He stated the village has scenic areas that may make strolling and different train nice, together with “an attractive downtown” and Previous Plank Highway Path.

The marketing campaign additionally has a bodily exercise tracker and different data at

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“We’re trying ahead to this, there’s quite a lot of pleasure,” stated Ogle. “You can also make some associates, possibly discover one thing you suppose will match into your way of life and you’ll incorporate.”

Mike Stevens, a former village trustee, stated he knew from expertise train was factor and was all for the marketing campaign.

“I can solely relate it to my very own place,” stated Stevens. “I attempt to stroll day by day, have an app on my telephone that tells me how far I stroll, how briskly and what number of energy I burn.

“I feel it’s vital you train and hold shifting.”

Stevens stated the village had already performed some vital health applications, together with a “Matter of Stability,” coordinated by the police division, which was geared towards seniors and their steadiness issues.

“I hope lots of people participate in it,” Stevens stated.

Janice Neumann is a contract reporter for the Each day Southtown.