Saturday, January 05, 2008


from yahoo news
Oklahoma City mayor puts city on a diet
By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press Writer Fri Jan 4, 8:13 PM ET
OKLAHOMA CITY - With a button-popping spread of cornbread, sausage and gravy, chicken fried steak and pecan pie designated as Oklahoma's official state meal, it's no surprise that Oklahoma City's mayor wants to put the city on a diet. Mick Cornett has challenged the city to shed 1 million pounds as its New Year's resolution.

Prompted in part by his own struggle to lose weight, Cornett wants to end Oklahoma City's dubious distinction as one of America's fattest cities.

"The message of this obesity initiative is that we've got to watch what we eat," Cornett said Thursday. "Exercise is part of it and the city is trying to change into a city that is less sprawling, has more density and is more pedestrian friendly, but you're not really going to take on obesity unless you acknowledge that we eat too much and don't eat the right foods."

now granted, the mayor neesd to lose weight, so this idea has a selfish bend, but i still think its brilliant

As part of the initiative, residents can sign up and track their weight loss on a new Web site, More than 2,600 people had registered by Thursday. They've lost more than 300 pounds.

Besides a body mass index calculator, the site includes recipes and links to metro-area fitness centers. Plans call for expanding the site to include the opportunity to blog and network with other participants, Cornett said.

"It's always easier if you're doing something hard if you have other people to do it with," he said.

The mayor timed the start of the weight-loss program to the beginning of the new year, when many people begin exercise programs after holiday feasts.

Oklahoma City ranked 15th in a 2007 survey of America's fattest cities conducted by Men's Fitness magazine. The survey examined lifestyle factors in each city, including fast-food restaurants per capita and availability of city parks, gyms and bike paths.

since december 31, the city has registered about 20% of its citizens and lost 776 pounds....

how much do you think this will affect the economy in oklahome city? i wonder what percentage of people work at fast food restaurants, i wonder if doctor visits will go down, i wonder how much this city wide diet will change the entire system of this one city

i wonder where on the list cleveland falls on most obese, and what having a skinny mayor representing all us chunky folks has cost us...

my city was gone- the pretenders

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