When I started on the City Council in 2004, my new colleague Councilmember
Capitelli jokingly suggested that he and I should go on a diet together, a
public one that would provide the needed scrutiny to keep us on track.
At the time, I was trying to get my feet wet on Council and was not
quite serious enough about my own fitness to really commit to something of
children are the first generation ever in the US that may live shorter
lives than their parents due to obesity.
Children are contracting illnesses such as diabetes and high blood
pressure that used to be considered adult diseases.
This “obesity epidemic” threatens to cause a tsunami of chronic
illness that will cause huge increases in disability and in health care
costs in years to come.
light of the results of the Health Status Report, Laurie
and I got serious about our health, so the public diet concept was
resurrected. We thought that it was a great way to bring some public
attention to a very serious problem.
Since the summer, and with the support and inspiration of our own
Public Health Department, it has evolved into a full-fledged community
campaign – “Be Fit Berkeley” – to encourage all our residents to
eat health foods and exercise regularly.
October 1, 2007, Laurie and I, along with three other Council colleagues,
weighed in at the steps of the Civic Center building.
I won't reveal my weight just now. I figure I will drop a few
pounds before I admit to anything.
This public awareness campaign would not be possible without the support of our community partners. Thank You!