PORTSMOUTH-- Standing 6 feet two inches tall and weighing 400 pounds, Portsmouth Mayor Kenneth Wright says enough is enough.
In recent weeks, events have inspired the mayor to improve his lifestyle and lose 100 pounds in one year.
Wright attended the US Conference of Mayors a few weeks ago, where colleagues like the mayors of Baltimore and Oklahoma City shared success stories of how they lost weight, and how they encouraged constituents to do the same.
A few days later, Wright shared the information with his colleagues on Portsmouth City Council.
The next day, 13News Anchor Regina Mobley called the mayor to ask whether he would adopt a healthy lifestyle and agree to let 13News chronicle his progress.
Wright was already considering re-energizing the Healthy Portsmouth Program, and serve as a role model for others who desire to improve their health.
Wright immediately agreed to participate in no-holds-barred coverage of his efforts to get in shape.
Like a general preparing for battle, Wright has called on his lieutenants in City Hall to develop a plan to attack lifestyle diseases in Portsmouth.
According to the Healthy Portsmouth Consortium, 39 percent of adults in Portsmouth are overweight and Portsmouth has the state's second highest rate of death due to diabetes.
Healthy Portsmouth has received little traction since its inception, but Wright is confident his personal efforts, efforts from all facets of city government, and continued coverage from 13News will help improve his health and the health of Portsmouth residents.
"I want to go back to the US Conference of Mayors half the man that I am now," said Wright.