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'Biggest Loser' team to visit Conyers

Special Photo Jackie Evans and her son Dan, who were contestants on Season 5 of the "Biggest Loser" television show, will visit Conyers on Saturday to host the Jr. Spartan Adventure at the Georgia International Horse Park Steeplechase Arena.

Special Photo Jackie Evans and her son Dan, who were contestants on Season 5 of the "Biggest Loser" television show, will visit Conyers on Saturday to host the Jr. Spartan Adventure at the Georgia International Horse Park Steeplechase Arena.

CONYERS -- Two contestants from the "Biggest Loser" television show will visit Conyers this weekend to encourage kids and their families to become healthier.

Jackie Evans and her son Dan, who were contestants on Season 5 of the show, will host the Jr. Spartan Adventure at the Georgia International Horse Park Steeplechase Arena on Saturday.

The event will benefit the Kids Fit Foundation, a nonprofit organization that encourages children and families to lead healthier lives.

The Evans team has been with the foundation for about a year.

"We realized after coming off the show how many families struggle," Jackie Evans said.

A lack of knowledge about living a healthy lifestyle contributed to not being active and fit and living off fast food, she said.

"Now that I know (how to live healthy), I would have done so much differently (with my kids)," she said.

Although Dan wasn't overweight as a young child and Jackie had struggled with her weight her whole life, she said her family constantly ate fast food when Dan was younger and involved in activities, since it was easy, which set them up for failure later.

She hopes the event will bring awareness to families that fitness can be fun and they can lead a healthy lifestyle by using some quick tips.

At the event, she hopes to motivate kids by telling them that leading a healthier lifestyle will help them better accomplish their goals. She also wants to introduce fun activities and healthy eating habits to them.

"You have to take care of your body," she said.

She said she also hopes to tell parents to take responsibility to help their families lead healthier lives, just as they would make their children brush their teeth and do their homework.

Parents can make their own prepackaged meals like salads and snacks to make dinners during the week and snacks on the road healthier. Preplanning meals for the week also helps, Jackie said.

The Kids Fit Jr. Spartan Adventure will begin at 12:05 p.m. for ages 10 through 13, who will go through a 1-mile obstacle course, and 12:15 p.m. for ages 4 to 9, who will participate in a half-mile course.

Entry fee is $25 per child. Each will receive a T-shirt and medal.

The junior race is part of an adult Spartan Sprint at the Horse Park.

More information is available at www.kidsfitfoundation.org and www.spartanrace.com.