Pittsburgh city employees lose a literal ton of weight
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City employees have lost a ton of weight, and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl couldn't be more pleased.
"When I say a ton of weight, I mean an actual ton," he said at an event marking about 130 employees' loss of about 2,000 pounds through a WeightWatchers program.
The city last year incorporated Weight Watchers into its five-year-old CityFit initiative, which also provides nutrition counseling, softball leagues and ballroom dancing lessons to employees willing to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.
The "biggest losers" -- those who shed the most pounds -- included mayoral staffer Laurie Dierker. She's lost about 50 pounds.
"I saw this weight loss happen on a daily basis. She looks tremendous," Mr. Ravenstahl said.
City officials said healthier leaving should result in fewer health claims and health insurance savings down the road.
First Published July 31, 2012 12:24 pm