Though I was away most of last week at the Democratic National Convention, I made it back in time to be part of Pittsburgh’s first-ever “health report card.” Dr. Mehmet Oz, from The Dr. Oz Show, and UPMC health experts conducted 15-minute physicals on about 1,000 Pittsburgh residents, screening for major health markers like blood sugar and pressure, cholesterol, weight and waist size. When my staff talked me into participating, I thought that as a runner and former athlete, I’d knock it out of the ballpark.
I was in for a rude awakening. As Dr. Oz measured my waist, he kindly advised that I start working out more and eating more vegetables. The overall takeaway for Pittsburgh residents was the same: we need to watch our weight and eat healthier. Now, it’s time to drive that message home.
I’ve committed to leading by example. Last weekend I jogged on our beautiful riverfront trails and am working hard to get back into tip-top shape. I encourage all Pittsburghers to join me. Here in the City of Pittsburgh, we’re taking steps to make healthy living easier for our 3,000 employees and over 300,000 residents:
As the holidays quickly approach us, let's set our goal now to eat healthy and stay active. We all have to do our part individually, but it's even more important that we teach our children the importance of good health. I encourage you and your family to join me on the path to greater health.
Coming Up This Week…
Tomorrow, stakeholders and I will break ground for the Lawrenceville neighborhood’s newest housing development, called Hatfield + Home. Soon, over a dozen quality, energy-efficient homes will be on the market only a block from Pittsburgh’s beautiful riverfront. The $4.1 million project is a key element in our Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan, which aims to capitalize on our greatest natural asset – our rivers – by connecting more neighborhoods to riverfronts through projects such as this. Hatfield+Home is another step forward for Lawrenceville’s recent renewal. In just the last few years, URA supported Lawrenceville housing projects have resulted in an impressive $35 million total investment and hundreds of new construction jobs.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687