HUFFINGTON POST: How These Mayors Rise Above The Stress Of Their Demanding Jobs

Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando, Florida

“I struggled with my weight for the better part of my adult life. It was a constant battle for me,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told HuffPost. “Then a few years ago I led a trade mission to Israel. They eat well there and at the first dinner, we started with an appetizer which people thought was the entire meal. By the time I got back, I could not button my pants.” Over the course of the next several months, he lost and kept off 35 pounds by changing his diet and exercising. He added yoga and stretching to his daily routine.


“If you’re in public life, you go to two receptions and a dinner every night. It’s hard physically,” Dyer said, noting the importance of treating your body right. “For example, getting a good night’s rest. I’m 56 now. I recognize the importance of that far more than when I was 21.”

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