Summary of How an Obese Town Lost a Million Pounds

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At a time when many people feel increasingly disillusioned with government, Mick Cornett’s charming presentation offers a welcome reprieve. The mayor of Oklahoma City reminds citizens of the positive role local elected officials can play in communities. Cornett’s charisma shines through, and it’s not difficult to see how he won his seat in office. He speaks simply and humbly, and he makes his audience chuckle. getAbstract recommends Cornett’s anecdote about redesigning a city to veteran and budding politicians, public health administrators, city planners, and engaged citizens.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Oklahoma City was founded,
  • How the town became one of the most obese cities in America and
  • How its citizens collectively lost one million pounds.

About the Speaker

Mick Cornettis mayor of Oklahoma City. In 2010, Governing magazine named him “Public Official of the Year.”



Oklahoma City was founded in 1889 following a “land run.” Settlers raced to claim government land, and in just one day, a town with a population of 10,000 appeared. The city prospered ...

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    Francis Hoin 1 year ago
    Very interesting, though it is not a stretch to conclude that improvements to the city center, schools and infrastructure such as sidewalks will improve the overall success of a city. The stretch is the decrease in obesity being tied to city improvements…..I would suspect although these items contributed to the decrease that there are other factors involved.

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