OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City is facing a big loss but, it’s one the city is taking great pride in.
Thanks to a public challenge from Mayor Mick Cornett five years ago, OKC may have finally shed an image that has weighed it down for far too long.
These days twin cops Dan and Don Evans move about as much as they used to sit around, burning calories as opposed to storing them on dual 400-pound frames.
“The biggest regret I have is knowing that I spent 20 years being fat,” Don said. “I didn’t have to. All I had to do was make a few simple changes.”
Changes hitting close to home for the veteran Oklahoma City Police officers and NBC’s “Biggest Loser” alums.
Family concerns motivated the brothers to act, especially for their children.
Dan said, “I couldn’t really do anything, couldn’t take her to the park, couldn’t do swimming, couldn’t teach her to ride a bike.”
Together they’ve dropped more than 400 pounds.
They are just two of about 50,000 success stories here in a city whose Mayor declared the town too plump for comfort five years ago, challenging it to go on a diet.
Mayor Cornett said, “You’re seeing generations of people who have had poor health start to say, ‘We’ve got to end this, we’ve got to quit this, we’ve got to proactively take charge of our lives.’”
More than a million pounds later with healthier menus and facilities abound.
Over the years, new ways to stay active have cropped up just about everywhere here, from those gyms to wider sidewalks, to bike paths, to the Sky Trail, and with impressive results.
Oklahoma City has literally moved from one of the fattest to one of the fittest cities in America.
Around the country, obesity is a growing public health emergency, especially for children, doubling in the past 30 years and tripling for adolescents.
Nowhere is the concern greater than in Mississippi, last again in America’s health rankings.
Winning by losing in unison.