Just a week ago Newark Mayor and “social media darling” Cory Booker was digging out his own citizens a tweet at a time, subsisting on Diet Coke and Advil, and becoming the hands-down hero of Snow-pocalypse 2010. Now he’s taken to Facebook and Twitter with another cause: He plans to hit 240 (down from his current 287 pounds) by April 27, his birthday, and ultimately to reach his “healthy goal weight” of 230.
Booker serves as honorary co-vice chair of Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign, and he’s apparently faced his own bad-diet issues, which just makes him that much more relatable. As he writes in the Huffington Post,
As I sat with the First Lady exhorting Newark school children to eat healthy foods, exercise more, and have fun while doing it — my stomach was still trying to digest the French fries and cookie dough from the night before, and I hadn’t exercised for more days than I could remember.
WE HEAR YOU.
Thus, his held-accountable-by-social-media new diet. He says,
You can follow my progress on my Facebook page under the tab: “Let’s Move!” or by following me on Twitter for intermittent updates. My Facebook page will include my stories and those of others, strategies for living a healthier lifestyle, and full disclosure when I slip up.
He’s already got people pledging to match his weight loss. He’s also getting birthday party invites. Our mayor-envy continues.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 4, 2011