Oklahoma City tipped the scales in 2007 as America's 15th fattest city—and Mayor Mike Cornett is bent on tackling his town's porkish propensities. He's challenged residents to lose a million pounds in '08, and includes shedding extra weight among his own New Year's resolutions. His program revolves around a website packed with recipes, a body mass index calculator and planned blogs.
More than 2,600 people have registered, and have already lost 300 pounds, the Associated Press reports. In a state whose official meal includes fried okra and biscuits, Cornett hopes to increase exercise-encouraging bike trails and sidewalks, though he adds, "you're not really going to take on obesity unless you acknowledge that we eat too much and don't eat the right foods."