Officials hope trails will trim OKC
December 23, 2009
by Ryan Piersol
Oklahoma City Friday
"The whole idea is that our city is not a very healthy city," McKnight said. "Our children are not very healthy, compared to others on national surveys. But our theory with trails is that, if you build it, they will use them and get healthy."
According to statistics released in recent years by the Trust for America's Health, Oklahoma City had the ninth highest rate of adult obesity in the nation and the 17th highest rate of obesity for children ages 10 to 17. The rates were enough for Mayor Mick Cornett to proclaim that the city was going on a diet, challenging the collective residents to lose one million pounds during 2008.
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