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Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorses Rip Esselstyn's vegan diet for a healthier futureMayor Rahm Emanuel endorses Rip Esselstyn's vegan diet for a healthier future

WATCH: Mayor Rahm Emanuel Endorses Rip Esselstyn’s Vegan Plan

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently helped introduced a new initiative for weight loss while appearing on Chicago’s WGN-TV news station.

The Chicago mayor is sometimes referred to as “America’s Fittest Mayor” and it’s no secret that he wants our nation and his city to become healthier.

While appearing on the news, he joined author and vegan Rip Esselstyn who is known for “The Engine 2 Diet” to promote this plant-strong lifestyle.

“Essentially, what I’m trying to do is to get America to eat healthier. Right now we’re just drowning ourselves in dairy products; too many animal products; red meat; processed refined foods; [and] so we need to become a nation of plant-strong responsible eaters,” Esselstyn said about his diet.

“The Engine 2 Diet” is not only a weight-loss plan, but also focuses on lowering cholesterol levels and improving overall health.

Emanuel chimed in about the diet and said, “We have to do a better job at how we eat and control our weight, which deals with both healthcare costs, as well as life expectancy.”

This vegan diet is something that can not only help individuals, but also a city and nation as a whole.

Esselstyn always recommends people workout and says, “Eating is king; exercise is queen; and combining the two you have a health kingdom.”

Watch the video below for Esseltyn’s own vegan recipes and hear Emanuel voice his opinions.

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