Menino challenges Boston: Shed 1 million pounds
The idea first came to Mayor Thomas M. Menino during Thanksgiving while he was giving out turkeys to families in need. A woman came in with her son, a youngster seriously overweight. “What chance does this kid have?’’ Menino remembers thinking. “He is only 12-years-old and is already so overweight.’’ From that encounter, Menino’s million-pound challenge was born. The citywide campaign is scheduled to be launched Monday and will encourage Bostonians to shed a collective one million pounds over the next year.