Albany -- A popular Albany radio DJ promotes good health, inviting people to take a walk with him. This after a recent survey by the Community Health Institute finds that almost 60% of Dougherty County people are overweight.
DJ Jaxon Riley is promoting a walking trail off Meredyth Drive to help fight obesity one step at a time.
Just behind Meredyth Place off Meredyth Drive in Albany, you may find people getting in shape at any given time. That's because Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital put in a one-mile walking trail for the public.
"It's nice out here. It's like being in the middle of the woods, especially when you go through that back route. It's really nice," said Leisa Stewart.
The trail has helped Leisa Stewart on her path toward a healthy living. She's already lost nearly 60 pounds over the past eight months. She like many others heard about the relatively unknown track by a very well-known name in Albany.
"Oh I hear you on the radio every week!" said a walker to Jaxon Riley. "All right!" responded Riley.
Mix 107 DJ Jaxon Riley began promoting the walking trail, after a recent study found that diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity were major problems in the area.
"I'm not a doctor so I can't do anything about the diabetes and high blood pressure, but as far as the weight, if I promoted walking, I could get people to come out and maybe increase their abilities. Walking helps with your breathing, it helps with your blood circulation, it helps you lose weight," said Jaxon Riley.
For Leisa Stewart the extra weight caused extra health problems, but it's not the case anymore.
"I've come off blood pressure medicine, which is a major thing my internist is very very happy with that, with the weight loss. Blood pressure's dropped, stress everything," said Leisa Stewart.
Stewart will continue on her walk toward good health both physically and mentally, and joins Jaxon Riley by encouraging others in the community to do the same.
"It's a good thing. I wish everybody would do it," said Stewart.
Riley is out walking every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:30 to 6:30. He says park your car near the Starbucks off Meredyth, put on comfortable shoes, and walk toward a healthier community with him.