Festival transforms Tattnall Square Park into outdoor gym

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Local health enthusiasts say it is time for Middle Georgians to get fit and healthy.
   
The second annual Georgia Wellness and Fitness Festival is taking place this weekend
 
“I’ve seen a lot of my friends dying of preventable diseases,” says Charise Stephens.

Stephens is the founder of the festival.

Georgia has the 18th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to a University of Georgia study.

“What we’re trying to do is each year celebrate our fitness community and a healthier community is a better community,” Stephens added.

The festival featured celebrity fitness trainer John Lewis.

Lewis believes maintaining a healthy lifestyle is about making good food choices and getting exercise.

“It’s no such thing as a diet, it’s according to a balance eating schedule,” explained Lewis. “You got to balance the way you eat, the activities that you do and also some of the chemicals that doctors are giving you balance that as well.”

A Macon dance troop set the stage at Tattnall Square Park Saturday. On the opposite side of the park, a yoga class was taking place.

Festival vendors offered various health and fitness products.

Male and female boot camps were also part of the activities.

One of the participants, Becky Knight, recently lost 180 pounds and is staying active to lose more weight and live healthy.

“I’ve completed one full marathon, 15 half marathons and one triathlon,” says Knight. “I love to lift weights and I’ve decided that I needed to do something to make sure that I live a long lifetime.”

According to Stephens, there are even exercises you can do while sitting down.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re on a couch or running marathons, we all need to do it together,” she added.

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