Monday, April 4, 2011 - Mayor Cornett announces partnership with Chesapeake in the city-wide efforts to lose 1 million pounds.
Officials from the independent energy company pledged "to go on a diet for the mayor and contribute pounds lost toward his weight-loss initiative called OKC Million.
"Chesapeake has been a wonderful corporate citizen on many different levels, but this, obviously, is near to my heart, that is the health and wellness of the people of our city," Cornett said.
Martha Burger, senior vice president of Human and Corporate Resources at Chesapeake, said employees will donate<http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42417311/> the pounds they lose in 2011 to the city's goal.
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Mayor Cornett delivers the 11th State of the City message
Every January, the Mayor speaks to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce on the State of the City. It is an opportunity to look back on recent accomplishments, update the Chamber on current developments and looks ahead to the future.
"I hope you’ll appreciate the relative brevity of today’s address. I have spent much of the last three years here and everywhere else discussing all of the futuristic issues involved with MAPS 3. And then I woke up on December 9th and realized I didn’t have anything to say. Now, were ready to get to work, and we’ve got a big assignment ahead of us."
About this City is Going on a Diet
Our obesity effort seems to show continued success in spreading the word and opening up a community-wide dialogue about the dangers of being overweight. We have just started our third year and have moved past the half-way point of reaching our goal of a million pounds. Here’s the numbers as of this morning, from the website, www.ThisCityIsGoingOnADiet.com . Over 40,000 have joined including several hundred new participants in just the last few weeks. Our total weight loss is now 519,000 pounds. So, those 40,000 have lost over 12 pounds apiece. That's terrific. Let me use this time to lead you to this site if you think it can help someone in your family. It’s www.ThisCityIsGoingOnADiet.com. One of our many success stories in 2009 took place at the FAA center. They had 106 employees sign up hoping to make some progress on their weight loss goals, and when they weighed in a few months later, they had lost a total of 904 pounds. So, nearly nine pounds apiece, and just another example of an organization helping its employees deal with a difficult issue. Battling obesity is a winnable battle and it’s an important fight to win.
Click here to read more of Mayor Mick Cornett’s State of the City message.>>