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Portsmouth mayor vows to lose 100 pounds

Thursday - 2/7/2013, 5:30pm  ET

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) -- The mayor of Portsmouth plans to lose 100 pounds over the next year and wants to serve as a role model to others seeking to improve their health.

Mayor Kenneth Wright tells WVEC-TV ( that a few weeks ago he attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors where others shared stories about how they lost weight and encouraged residents of their towns to do the same.

When Wright returned to Portsmouth, he asked city officials to further promote healthier lifestyles. According to the Healthy Portsmouth Consortium, 39 percent of Portsmouth adults are overweight.

Wright, who weighs 400 pounds, says he plans to return to a future mayors' conference "half the man that I am now."



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