Walking with a Purpose: Make Friends, Get in Shape, Help Save Lives and Create Awareness!
In cities across the United States, adults and children are affected by obesity. South Florida is no exception as obesity is a major health issue throughout the Tri-County (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach) area. Patients, health professionals, the healthcare industry, family, friends, and concerned citizens have teamed up to help raise awareness of obesity as a critical public health problem.
The South Florida Walk from Obesity is on Saturday, September 12th at TY Park in Hollywood, Florida, rain or shine. Registration begins at 8:00 AM at Pavilion #8. The walk commences at 9:00 AM. This is a one to three mile walk and everyone is encouraged to join or sponsor someone that is already registered to participate. There will be prizes, refreshments, and local celebrities participating in this wonderful event.
Everyone is invited to register to walk or sponsor someone who is already walking in the South Florida Walk from Obesity online through September 11th at http://walkfromobesity.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=316777.
The Walk from Obesity is a nationwide event designed to raise awareness of obesity, morbid obesity and childhood obesity. Funds raised from the event support the ASMBS Foundation and its research and professional education initiatives and also support the patient and general public educational and advocacy programs of the Obesity Action Coalition.
About The Obesity Action Coalition
In 2005, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) was created to give a voice to those affected by obesity. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the OAC is dedicated to providing education and advocating on behalf of those affected by obesity.
Currently, the OAC is made up of volunteers and a minimal support staff at the national headquarters located in Tampa, Fla.
About The ASMBS Foundation
In 1997, members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the largest society for this specialized branch of medicine in the world, formed the ASMBS Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds to help support obesity research and to increase professional and public awareness of bariatric surgery and its role in treating the devastating disease of morbid obesity.