JACOB FREY moved 1,200 miles to Minneapolis the day after graduating law school. Recruited to college on a track scholarship, Frey fell in love with Minneapolis after participating in a local marathon. Though he moved and began work as an attorney, Frey’s volunteering and pubic advocacy helped launch a successful city council bid and then a mayoral campaign. He has been mayor since 2017.
Men’s Health chatted with Frey for our recent story, “50 States of Fit.”
What’s the most urgent public health issue facing your city?
A lack of access to affordable housing. Housing is foundational to a healthy society—and to a healthy life. Without safe and reliable housing, it’s next to impossible to secure healthy food, get a stable job, or pursue a dream. We strive to provide a stable foundation from which people can rise. That foundation starts with a home.
What does it mean for your city to be “healthy”?
Outdoor recreation is great for emotional and physical health. And there’s no urban area in the nation better for spending a day outdoors than Minneapolis. We’re committed to making sure that every person in every neighborhood in our city is within a ten-minute walk from a park. That’s good for public health, public safety, and civic pride.
As a former professional runner: running.
Go-to healthy snack:
Banana and peanutbutter sandwich
Song to work out to:
All These Things that I’ve done, The Killers