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Menino wants you (and Boston) to lose 1 million pounds

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  April 23, 2012 12:58 PM

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The Boston Public Health Commission has launched a citywide campaign today in response to a call from Mayor Menino for the city of Boston to lose 1 million pounds.

On the city's website, you'll be able to log in to record your starting weight and specific goals, and track your progress. The site, called, also includes a database of places people can go to exercise, workout programs to try, and more.

About half of the adults living in Boston are overweight or obese, according to the Boston Public Health commission. This site, which is free, hopes to help lower that number.

All you have to do is create an account and log your information to get started.

Here's how the Boston Public Health Commission describes the campaign:

Boston Moves for Health is an ambitious campaign launched by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in April 2012 to improve the health and fitness of the city of Boston. As part of the initiative, the mayor has challenged residents to lose one million pounds and move (walk, run, hop, swim, skip!) 10 million miles.

You can join the challenge for free at This site allows you to create a profile, set and track personal health goals, map walks and runs, find new workout routines, get nutrition tips, and team up with friends to coordinate group activities and support your friends and neighbors along the way to a healthier lifestyle. And, you can set up email reminders and alerts with suggested workout routines. also features a community calendar with healthy and fun events and activities all over the city, and there is a resource directory of places to get out and get active in Boston.

You can sign up to use the site by going to Read more about the program in today's Boston Globe on

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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