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Meet David Holt, the Hoop-Shooting Mayor of Oklahoma City

Josh St. Clair
Photo credit: Illustration: Kyle Hilton

From Men's Health

Photo credit: Illustration: Kyle Hilton

A homegrown Oklahoman, David Holt served eight years in the senate before becoming the youngest Oklahoma City mayor since 1923 and, at the time of his election, the youngest mayor of any major American city. Holt is a licensed attorney and has authored a book about the recent history of the NBA in Oklahoma City.

Men's Health chatted with Holt for our recent story, "50 States of Fit."

What's the most urgent public health issue facing your city?

Our city’s obesity continues to be a major challenge. Our city was built around the automobile and we lacked the built environment for a pedestrian lifestyle. A decade ago, our city started building sidewalks and bike trails. We’re talking now about major investments in commuter bike lanes as well.

What does it mean for your city to be "healthy"?

A healthy citizen does something to offset the time they spend driving. They ride a bike on the weekends on our new citywide trail system. They walk to the store on one of our new sidewalks. I definitely try to make time for physical activity as well. Working out at the gym near my house is not only good for my body, it’s also where I get my best ideas.

Photo credit: David Holt

Favorite exercise and why:

Shooting hoops by myself. I could do this for hours if I had the time. It clears my head.

Go-to healthy snack:

An apple.

Song to work out to:

I’m a child of the ‘90s, so late 1990s / early 2000s hip hop is always my go-to. Especially Lost Ones by Lauryn Hill.

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