March 30, 2004

St. Fat Louis

You might have read Men's Health around the time it put out its list of the fattest cities. Other magazines do it, too. St. Louis always seems to make the pudgy list. Well, the County Executive and St. Louis' mayor are looking to do something about that. So is the Post-Dispatch, the local newspaper, that puts out a Health and Fitness section every Monday.

But back to the article.
Slay and the equally fit St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley have teamed up to inspire residents to lose weight, eat a healthier diet and exercise regularly.

The resulting health and fitness campaign is "Get Hooked on Health St. Louis."

It will feature former Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith as the first St. Louis fitness czar and follow cities such as Philadelphia, Houston and Cincinnati in getting public officials behind efforts to turn couch potatoes into gym regulars.
There will be some TV PSAs, and there's a website, As if this name is at all indicative of St. Louis. But I visited anyway.

Website's a bit sparse, but it holds some promise. I'd like to see recipes, a bustling calendar of area events (Trailnet, etc). A full listing of all area parks and their facilities. Without all of that, it's a waste of taxpayer money. Heck, it may be a waste of taxpayer money as is, but at least try to drop the ratio.

I'll send them all of my ideas, and hopefully some good will come of it.


Posted by hln at March 30, 2004 11:59 AM | Health | TrackBack

Jeez, but what I really want is to pay an extra quarter percent sales tax to fund this initiative.

I need to pay for other people's inability to stop eating.

It's a public health issue.

Posted by: Brian J. at March 30, 2004 05:58 PM

It's a public inability-to-moderate-their-behavior issue.

Posted by: hans at March 30, 2004 09:34 PM