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South Georgia kids get fit with the Marines

By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Childhood obesity is a growing problem in America and some South Georgia children are trying to make sure that they aren't the next victims.

Friday morning, more than 100 children gathered at the Albany State University track to hear ways to keep those unwanted pounds off.

They had some company. Dougherty County EMS and the Albany Fire Department were there as well.

There were even a few good men - and women - from the Marine Corps Logistics Base to keep the kids moving.

For the Marines, Friday offered a chance to get out and show the kids a good example of how to keep fit.

Capt. Charles Johnston a Company Commander at MCLB Albany said, "come out and demonstrate some of the things that the Marine Corps places a lot of emphasis on. Physical fitness, and how important it is to everyone in their daily lives."

Obesity in children has been linked to a number of chronic diseases such as sleep apnea and diabetes. This is the fifth year for the event.

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