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Candace Nicole Oates

Title: Executive Director, Co-founder and Vice President
Company: Obesity Awareness Action
Location: Johnstown, Colorado, United States

Candace Nicole Oates, Executive Director, Co-founder and Vice President at Obesity Awareness Action, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health and wellness.

With many years of experience to her credit, Ms. Oates has excelled as the executive director, co-founder and vice president of Obesity Awareness Action, an educational organization working in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College and other partnering organizations to help save lives through wellness, since 2021. In addition to these positions, she has been active as a health coach, diabetes prevention specialist, personal trainer, floor supervisor and fitness instructor at the Chilson Center and the City of Loveland, Colorado since 2016. She previously served as a personal trainer and fitness instructor for Northside Azatlan and the City of Fort Collins from 2013 to 2018 and a police officer in the Des Moines Police Department from 2005 to 2013. Notably, Ms. Oates was acknowledged as the second African American female police officer in the history of Des Moines. 

To support her professional ambitions, Ms. Oates pursued an education at Ball State University, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in international advertising and marketing in 1998. She subsequently obtained three ACE certifications as a personal trainer, a group fitness instructor and health coach, a certification as a motivational speaker from the International Association of Professions Career College, and certifications as a life wellness coach, a women’s exercise and metabolism specialist, a TRX suspension coach, a Total Body Transformation specialist and a registered diabetes prevention specialist. Inspired by her mother, Rosemary Parson, she was drawn to the field of fitness after her own high-risk health problems during her pregnancy, which motivated her to lose 125 pounds. As a testament to her stellar efforts, Ms. Oates was inducted into the African American Hall of Fame in Des Moines, Iowa and presented with the Best of the West Award from the Loveland Chamber of Commerce.

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