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Mayor Abramson Puts City On A Diet

Monday March 22, 2010

Mayor Abramson Puts City On A Diet With Lose It, Louisville!
Weight Loss Initiative Challenge is to lose 100,000 pounds by Labor Day

Mayor Jerry Abramson — concerned that many Louisville citizens, himself included, are overweight — put the city on a diet today with the Lose It, Louisville initiative.
The citywide weight loss and fitness program is designed to help people eat healthier and become active with the goal of the city collectively losing 100,000 pounds by the Labor Day Hike and Bike.

“I’ve been Mayor for 21 years now, and when I started this job at age 38 I was a much slimmer guy with fewer gray hairs,” Abramson said. “And although I’ve always been active — first with running and now mainly biking — I’ve put on a few extra pounds. That’s why I’m committed to losing a few pounds and I encourage our citizens to do the same.”

Residents ages 18 and over can sign up for the program and track their weight loss while getting health and fitness tips at People who join are eligible for weekly prizes, including bicycles and gift certificates to local groceries. People also will also be e-mailed weekly tips for staying in shape — and they can learn about free fitness classes in Metro Parks and walks and runs for charity events.

The program is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, an initiative now in its sixth year to improve the city’s health.

“When we merged city and county governments in 2003, I looked around our community and noticed major health problems,” Abramson said. “Simply put, our city was unhealthy. We were breathing bad air, we were eating bad food, we were overweight and we were smoking too much.”

Coach Mozziz DeWalt — a Louisville resident who lost 100 pounds on the NBC reality show “The Biggest Loser” — is a member of the Lose It, Louisville team and is giving the mayor and Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman workout tips.

“The Lose It, Louisville campaign is part of the work that the mayor and I have been doing to help the people of Louisville become healthier,” said Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman. “Our goal is to make the citizens of Louisville among the healthiest people in America.”