Ward 7's Yvette Alexander launches fitness challenge
Most people wait until the end of the holiday indulgence season before embarking on personal fitness resolutions. Not D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7).
Today, Alexander's kicking off a "health fitness challenge" outside the new Yes! Organic Grocery in her ward, and she wants to make her personal quest to shape up her constituents' quest, too. To that end, she's inviting residents to work out with her and she's arranged for free fitness classes at neighborhood rec centers.
Alexander, 49, recently hired her own personal trainer, and residents can call Alexander's office for a list of fitness activities in Ward 7, whose residents have high rates of obesity, diabetes and hypertension.
"Everyone's like, why not wait until January?" she said. "But now's the time to get started. People are sending me cookies, chocolates. ... I want to get a jump start on the new year."
Alexander says, on the advice of her trainer, she's less focused on poundage and more focused on cutting down on the body fat and building up her muscle mass. She'll be posting her menus and fitness regimen on her Web site daily -- and well as her progress, measured in pounds and inches.
"I guarantee you will see a marked difference in three months," Alexander said.
And she is promising not to indulge in that monthly tradition of council gluttony -- the pre-legislative meeting breakfasts where council members take turns treating their colleagues to steam trays piled high with bacon, eggs, sausages and more.
When her turn to buy breakfast comes around, Alexander said: "I'm going to have some healthy options. You may see some yogurt, some oatmeal, some fruit."
But there will be bacon and eggs for everyone else. "Not everyone is overweight," she said.
| December 20, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
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