Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Ravens players Jacoby Jones and Justin Tucker and crowds of local children for a workout at M&T; Bank Stadium on Sunday – and it was broadcast on national television.
The crowd was challenged to run up and down 10,000 of the stadium's steps, part of a yearlong campaign to promote health and fitness in Baltimore on NBC's "Today" show. The show's "Shine a Light" campaign, in which on-air personalities champion causes, chose Baltimore in part because of the city's high rates of diabetes, obesity and residents who smoke.
"We're on a mission to make Baltimore a little more healthy," anchor Jenna Wolfe said on "Today". "Where are the coolest steps in Baltimore? Right here at M&T; Bank Stadium."
Jones, Tucker and teammate Kyle Juszczyk led the workout alongside Rawlings-Blake.
"We're trying to get rid of the health disparities," Rawlings-Blake said in an interview with Wolfe. "Shine a Light is helping us a lot."
"Today" launched the Baltimore campaign in March. It is slated to include clinics like Sunday's as well as segments with local chefs to make classic Baltimore dishes more healthy.