Pushin’ for less cushion: Boston falling short of ‘Moves for Health’ fitness goals

Boston Moves for Health was launched with the intention of improving residents' health and wellness. PHOTO CREDIT: NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
Boston Moves for Health was launched with the intention of improving residents’ health and wellness. PHOTO CREDIT: NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

Boston residents must collectively move 3.9 million miles and lose roughly 919,000 pounds in the next four weeks if they want to meet a health goal set by city officials  nearly one year ago.

On April 24, Mayor Thomas Menino and the Boston Health Commission launched Boston Moves for Health, a public campaign that challenged residents to lose one million pounds and walk 10 million miles over the course of a year.

But Boston residents have fallen very short of the ambitious goals – according to the campaign, residents have reported a collective weight loss of 81,287 pounds.

Furthermore, they’ve only moved a collective 6,026,914 miles.

“We set some ambitious goals as a way to get Bostonians excited about being healthy,” Menino said when asked for comment about the shortfall. “The real impact of the Boston Moves campaign comes through in the free fitness classes our partners are offering to the community, the affordable weight loss resources for those in need, the activity competitions in schools, and our efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice. By all those measures, the campaign has been a great success, and we’re not about to let up.”

Since launching last year, Boston Moves has put on a series of free exercise activities, including Fitness on the Plaza and YMCA classes, but now, as Boston closes in on its deadline, it’s time for a final push.

“It is without a doubt possible to see a difference in just one month if you have a consistent routine. People actually see the most results within the first month or so of working out. You can initially lose about five pounds per week (in the first month),” said Stephen Cabral, a personal fitness trainer and owner of Stephen Cabral Studio on Tremont Street.

“March is always a big month for fitness because there is only about 12 weeks until summer. That’s motivation, right there.”

It’s unclear whether the official campaign will be extended beyond April, but according to Boston Moves Program Director José F. Massó, the city has no intention of giving up on its fitness fight.

“Obviously we fell short, especially on our goal of losing 1 million pounds, but (residents) have done a great job so far… We’re proud of the progress, and we’re committed to offering programs to keep our residents moving. We hope to keep moving forward.”

For a leg up, residents can check out these ideas on how to “make Boston your gym.”

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

TIPS: How to take great photos during 'Manhattanhenge'

Grab your camera and make the perfect picture this Saturday.

National

Seinfeld emoji cound be available next week

Get your puffy shirts and your marble rye ready, America. Seinfeld emoji could become available as early as next week.

Local

MAP: New York City street closures July 11,…

A block party in Times Square, Bastille Day celebrations and a festival will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend.

Local

Thousands come to pay respects to fallen NYC…

Thousands turned out to say farewell to fallen firefighter Gordon Ambelas at St. Clare’s Church in Staten Island this morning.

Movies

Interview: Matt Reeves on directing 'Dawn of the…

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" director Matt Reeves discusses his love for the franchise, working with actors as apes and the weight of 3-D cameras.

Television

Final season of 'Glee' will be only 13…

The final season of "Glee" will officially be only 13 episodes, instead of the usual 22.

Entertainment

Complex characters, juicy scripts boost Netflix's Emmy nominations

The unconventional approach to TV at Netflix netted 31 Emmy nominations, a major achievement after plunging into original programing just last year.

Entertainment

Actor Josh Duhamel dons bunny suit to encourage…

The former Transformers star and husband to singer Fergie took to the Venice Beach boardwalk in California in a bright pink, Christmas-story inspired bunny suit Wednesday to help spread the…

NFL

Which Jets player has the best odds at…

Metro New York asked Bovada.LV to rank the top three contenders for the NFL MVP on the Jets.

World Cup

Argentina prevails in penalties, advances to final

The drama never seems to subside as the World Cup finally has its final two.

MLB

A Joffrey Ballet dancer threw the most beautiful…

http://youtu.be/Hg61JOZJrYM?t=29s While asked to throw a first pitch at a baseball game can be a treacherous and/or embarrassing experience (see Cent, 50), sometimes everything can…

World Cup

World Cup semifinals preview: Holland vs. Argentina

The second semifinal pits another South American soccer power against a European one.

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: Sexual headaches can be…

Sexual headaches: an under-discussed health issue Location: U.S. Results: If getting frisky brings on a headache, you’re not alone. Headaches associated with sexual activity represent a…

Food

Head to FiDi for free Chia Pods from…

They may have been last summer's darlings, but chia seeds have definitely not gone out of style. A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, they…

Wellbeing

Stop thinking your diabetes risk begins above a…

When it comes to diabetes research, a new study says black and Asian adults may be at risk for developing diabetes at a lower weight…

Food

Christian Siriano inspires Magnum's color-blocked dessert

Christian Siriano, chef Andrew Carmellini and Magnum team up to create "America's Most Fashionable Chocolate Dessert."