Restaurants, Cornett work together to slim down city

Thursday, October 30th 2008, 4:54 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City residents are living lighter and Mayor Mick Cornett's weight loss challenge has reached a major milestone.

Mayor Mick Cornett challenged Oklahomans to lose one million pounds together in 'This city is Going on a Diet Campaign', and the goal is gradually growing.

"We know people are still going to eat out," Cornett said. "It's time to make good choices when you do eat out. It's about a change of lifestyle."

The change of lifestyle is evident in the combined weight loss of 250,000 pounds so far. Cornett said his challenge goes beyond a diet.

"It's about what you eat and how much you eat," Cornett said. "I really feel we're in a cultural shift in Oklahoma City and try to take a higher priority on our health and weight loss."

Metro restaurants have changed their menus to offer more to their dieting guests.

"Rococo is known for salt, butter and fat," Rococo owner Bruce Rinehart said. "People eat so much fast food, processed food, there's none of that in the mayor's menu. I'm no dietician, but it's very healthy fare."

Although the food is healthy, it can also be tasty. It could make shedding pounds easier.

"People in Oklahoma City love to eat and I've never had as part of my message that you need not to go to restaurants but when you go to restaurants, there are good choices, okay choices, really bad choices and when you go to a restaurant, make sure you make a good choice wherever you go," Mayor Cornett said.

Click here to visit the Mayor's diet campaign Web site.