By NY1 News:
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Bronx Senator Gustavo Rivera marked National Food Day on Monday by sharing with students in Fordham that eating better helped him lose weight.
Rivera, who weighed 299 pounds in June, has since lost 16 pounds.
He weighed himself during an event at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula.
Rivera began his dieting when the borough started its CAN Health Initiative, teaching residents everyday tricks to stay fit.
"I'm already eating smaller portions, I'm already making sure I drink more water than anything else, and the bottom line is, these are things that I can maintain," said Rivera.
"We want people to know that you can change your attitude, you can change the way you eat, you can change the way you take care of yourself," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
According to the most recent statistics available from the state's Health Department, 68 percent of Bronx adults are overweight or obese, which is the highest rate in the city.
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