Four years after residents were challenged to lose the weight, 47,000 people had gone to the official website, and the city reached its goal of losing one million pounds.
Oklahoma City had a longstanding reputation as one of the country’s most obese cities. When a Men’s Fitness article ranked it as one of America’s fattest cities, it was the final straw for Mayor Mick Cornett. He decided to tackle the issue head on.
Mayor Cornett believed that drawing attention to the problem was the first step toward confronting the issue and called a press conference to put the entire city “on a diet.” The challenge to Oklahoma City residents—collectively lose one million pounds.
Four years after residents were challenged to lose the weight, 47,000 people had gone to the official “This City Is Going On A Diet” website, and the city reached its goal of losing one million pounds in January 2012. The syndicated “Rachel Ray” show was on hand for the announcement. Out of the hundreds of articles resulting from the initiative, the icing on the cake was an article placed in Men’s Fitness. And this time, the magazine put the city on a much different list – one of “America’s Fittest Cities.”
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