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Health Expo aims to decrease Georgia obesity rate

Katlyn Simmons Katlyn Simmons
Keisha & Terrance Williams Keisha & Terrance Williams
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new study reveals that Georgia's obesity rate is just over 30 percent. That is the 18th highest in the nation. 

K.O.O.L.L., Keeping Obesity out of Life's Loop is hoping to trim that number down with a Health Expo this weekend.

Katlyn Simmons, a student at 9th grade Academy in Leesburg will be telling her story of her weight loss at the event. She has lost over 30 pounds over the last two years.

"I was very uncomfortable and self-conscious like everywhere I went," Simmons said. "I just kind of got sick and tired of feeling that way."

Besides the self-confidence benefits, Simmons says now she is feeling so much better about her health. Even though, admittedly, she still might not be the best athlete.

"See the thing is," Simmons said. "I like to exercise but I am extremely uncoordinated."

The K.O.O.L.L. organization was initiated by Keisha and Terrance Williams. Married for 16 years now, Terrance had a fight with diabetes because of poor diet in 1999 but is now in good health.

"Once I found out what to do nutritionally," Terrance said. "I found out that a lot of people are suffering from the same episode."

The Health Expo is aimed at children with multiple events for fun and education at the fountain near the JCPenney starting at 11 a.m.

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