Civic, Business and Other Leaders Asked: 10

What Are Your Health & Fitness Goals for 2017?

About 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions every year, and losing weight and getting fit leads those lists more often than not. Eating healthier also ranks near the top. We asked leaders in business, law enforcement, education, nonprofit and other areas across the county (our advertisers, too) to share their health and fitness goals with our readers. Their responses follow.

“My health and fitness goals include, in terms of exercise, trying to maintain some frequency in my moderate distance running regimen, and in terms of diet, trying to eat as much natural and homemade and non-processed and preservative-free food as possible.” – Kyle Harper, senior vice president and provost and professor of classics and letters, The University of Oklahoma

“Wellness is defined as the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort. I am a major supporter of wellness and will continue to focus on personal wellness goals in 2017. I truly believe it is a quality of life topic that is both tangible and intangible.” – Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey

“My health and fitness goals for 2017 are the same as they have been every year since I started back in 1996: to be able to do anything required of a Norman firefighter at any time. No matter what your rank, you could be forced into action at any time. Health and diet are very important to me. I am thankful for the health I have and am dedicated to (at a minimum) maintaining it.”  – Norman Fire Chief Travis King

“My health and fitness goals for 2017 are the same as they have been for the past several years–to walk 30 minutes a day, five times a week, and to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.” – Norman Mayor Lynne Miller

“Each January, I set goals in relation to health and nutrition and in a few weeks–I will be doing it again!  A couple of things that will be different this go around is understanding and believing that success won’t happen overnight. The second, developing a team of people at work that will hold me accountable and challenge me to stick to our goals. I have learned that a little competition never hurt anyone! Best of luck to all as we enter the 2017 year!” – Robert Romines, Moore Public Schools superintendent

“I plan to continue to work on increasing my steps, along with encouraging my colleagues to be more active. Making the Fitbit a daily priority is No. 1 for 2017. I love a little healthy step competition challenge with my colleagues and friends.” – Michelle McNear, assistant superintendent, elementary education, Moore Public Schools

“In 2016, it was an honor to be selected to serve on the National Leadership Council for the Seafood Nutrition Partnership. My goal is to work on the national level to have people take the Healthy Heart Pledge; to eat better, including seafood twice per week, and exercise at least 30 minutes per day.” – Mary Pointer, senior vice president, Republic Bank and Trust

“I actually cut out all pop and tried to make better choices on the times of day I ate in 2016 and lost about 20 pounds as a result. But there still is room to do better, so in 2017 I want to add more consistent exercise and gym time to that and hopefully feel a little more like age 25 than the 45 I’m actually turning.” – Christian Potts, public relations specialist, Marketing and Communications Department, Pioneer Library System

“I checked off my bucket list to run a marathon this last year. In 2017, I plan to continue running in races around the nation.” – Korey McMahon, CEO of McMahon Marketing

“Last year I started using a Fitbit and made walking 10,000 steps a day a priority. This year I am giving myself a goal to try and reach 15,000 steps a day! Designing a showroom keeps me on my feet, but the Fitbit keeps me accountable of my steps and gets me thinking healthy, which hopefully leads me to other healthier decisions made throughout the day.” – Gia Rose, gallery manager, Designer’s Market

“For 2017, I will continue to prepare and eat most of my meals at home. I am excited about the expanding grocery market in Moore and look forward to shopping for new, fresh items. I will also continue to get my personal finances in order and handle arrangements through wills and trusts. Having a plan for my family, should the unexpected occur, gives me a great sense of security and allows my mental health to prosper. Hopefully, if I free my mind of any extra weight, I can then work on the rest of me.” – Deidre S. Ebrey, director of Economic Development, City of Moore

“In 2016 I lost 30 lbs. through diet and exercise. My goal for 2017 is to maintain my new weight while at the same time improving my focus on clean eating and increasing my strength training so that I can reduce my body fat percentage.” – Angela Barbour, office manager, TRIBUTE Memorial Care, chair of Norman NEXT and president of the Moore Rotary Club

“When it comes to fitness and being healthy, you have to be committed to it. It has to become a lifestyle. Staying consistent is key to being healthy. In the coming year I plan to continue exercising at least four days a week and cut out meat from my diet two days a week. Wish me luck, and good luck to you and your fitness endeavors.” – Niki Weibel, CDA and social media/marketing coordinator,  Sandburg Dental

“I’ve always been able to eat whatever I wanted. When I turned 30 a few years ago, that’s when it all went downhill. I made a commitment this October that I really have to start eating right and dieting properly. My plan is to eat low carbs. My goal is to be down in the 180s by the time I turn 33 in October of 2017.” – Rayson Sanchez, Valor Systems, LLC 

“I am making fitness and wellness a priority during 2017; the OKC Memorial Marathon is April 30th, which will include training on the new sidewalks around town and eating healthy at the many options available in the Moore, South OKC and Norman. In addition, I look forward to continuing 2017 triathlon goals through clubs like Tri-OKC, BLN and the Landrunners, ultimately seeking Ironman #2!” – Dr. Jeff, Boyer Veterinary Clinic