America’s fittest mayor (Chicago) goes PLANT-STRONG!

Rahm Emanuel now encouraging ALL city employees to follow his lead

A triathlete himself, he says plant-based eating has helped him improve his times.

A triathlete himself, he says plant-based eating has helped him improve his times.

Not only is he the mayor of one of America’s largest cities, he served in the first Obama White House as the President’s Chief of Staff. Now, as Chicago’s mayor, he has teamed up with Rip Esselstyn as he begins to reduce his city’s $480 million/year cost of healthcare.

He is encouraging personal responsibility among all employees and is providing incentives for them to accept the challenge. Apparently, there has already been a reduction in those costs. A few of his words from this 3-minute video:

The third biggest item on the city’s budget is healthcare costs—and it was going up at 10% a year. Just because we’re now doing a better jog of managing it doesn’t mean that each individual shouldn’t do a better job of managing it as well.

I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility; I want the incentives in there so you do the right thing. I’m not telling you what to do, but you have choices to make and there are consequences both to your health and your healthcare costs. He adds that by encouraging healthy eating that the city could cut that $480 million healthcare bill in half.

LEADERSHIP. This is exactly what I am talking about—when the top executive in any enterprise thinks something is important, it becomes important throughout the entire organization. Take a look at what’s happening with those macho firemen in Chicago:

You may want to forward this blog to your mayor and to the big boss where you work. These kinds of initiatives are tough to implement without the genuine support (leading by example) of the most senior executive. But with that support, the results are remarkable—just like we’re seeing in Chicago.

Obama listening to then Chief of Staff Emanuel; think what would happen if he listened to him NOW about FOOD.

Obama listening to then Chief of Staff Emanuel; think what would happen if he listened to him NOW about FOOD.

We can help. We’re ready to help your city or business get healthy, save a lot of money and do some wonderful things for the environment at the same time. We’re even paying referral fees for introductions that lead to consulting work. Our approach and all the details are explained in this blogpost: Slashing the cost of health care in businesses.

One more thing. Now that Rahm Emanuel is onboard the Plant-Strong train, he needs to reach out to his former Chicago buddy, President Barack Obama—as he begins that all-important second term and doesn’t have to worry about getting elected again. Just imagine the impact if Barack and Michelle started doing for the nation what Rahm is doing for the windy city. —My 709th consecutive daily blog—


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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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5 Responses to America’s fittest mayor (Chicago) goes PLANT-STRONG!

  1. Joanne Irwin says:

    The paradigm shift has happened. Extremely encouraging. Will be enlightening to see the results in Chicago after months of embracing this. Yeah, Chicago!

  2. Linda says:

    I saw this news about Rahm Emanuel on the other day, and my first thought was, “I hope he’ll try to influence Pres. Obama!”

  3. When I saw this on the Engine 2 FB page the other day, I forwarded the article to Pampered Chef’s home office, which is in Chicago. The excuses for NOT doing this are running out! Beth

    Beth Perera Executive Director (802) 342-2946

    ~Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition ~ Certified Food For Life Cooking instructor & Level 1 Diabetes Educator

  4. IT MAKES MY DAY SEEING GOOD NEWS REGARDING CHICAGO. Let’s forward “America’s Fittest mayor” feature to kindred spirits. I am NOT with either of the two leading USA parties.

  5. Leo S. says:

    The Ornish and Pritikin Programs have been covered by Medicare since 2010 and save about $30,000 per person. About 40 insurance companies now cover the cost. Bill Clinton has embraced advice from Drs. Ornish and Esselstyn in an effort to reverse the plaque in his arteries. The patient wins with a longer and healthier life, they continue to pay taxes and insurance premiums–a win-win-win situation. If only people would learn about those programs to help prevent developing disease in the first place.

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