Terrence Ates, M.Ed., TTS

PIO / Director of Community Outreach, Northeast Texas Public Health District

Lighten Up East Texas is a free weight loss challenge that is available for any adult over the age of 18 who lives in East Texas to safely lose at least 5% of their starting weight from January through April, and to become eligible to win one of our randomly selected Grand Prizes that are donated to the Fit City Tyler health and wellness coalition through generous community sponsorships from our coalition partners and member organizations.

Mr. Ates obtained his associates degree from Tyler Junior College, and then achieved his Bachelors and Graduate degrees in Health & Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler. While pursuing his degrees at UT-Tyler, a young Mr. Ates worked as a waiter, a tumbling coach and a professional wrestler, and was enlisted as a research assistant to increased community awareness of prostate cancer development and treatment.