ASMBS Foundation News and Update—July 2015

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Connie Stillwell, Executive Director of the ASMBS Foundation.

Walk from Obesity Update. The ASMBS Foundation’s Walk from Obesity logo, website, and fundraising platform have all recently received a new look.

The design of the Walk from Obesity website has been streamlined to allow for easier navigation and access to event locations. Website users can also find fitness and nutritional tips, healthy recipes, and information regarding bariatric surgery, and weight loss options. We encourage you to visit to check out the new website, and find an event in your area.

The Foundation’s peer-to-peer fundraising platform, DonorDrive, also received a new look, and will now include other ASMBS Foundation programs, such as the LEAD Awards, Operation M.O.R.E. and the new National Pedometer Challenge (coming soon). DonorDrive not only allows constitutes of the Foundation to make personal donations, but also gives them the opportunity to raise funds for obesity research and education. You can view the new website by visiting

A new type of event has been added to the list of traditional Walk from Obesity events this fall. Walk from Obesity+Fitness Fun Run are non-competitive, “set your own pace” events, and, like a traditional Walk from Obesity event, encourages participants to run or walk as much or little as they choose. There will be five +Fitness Fun Runs this fall in Greenville, North Carolina; Athens, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; Jacksonville, Florida, and Edinburg, Texas.

A new promotional registration option has also been added to the 2015 fall events. Early Bird Registration now allows individuals to register online for free using a promo code listed on each Walk from Obesity event page. By offering Early Bird Registration this fall we hope to increase participant numbers and encourage individuals to fundraise.

Additionally, we are happy to introduce our new Walk from Obesity Campaign Partners:
•    The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM)
•    National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (ABPNS)
•    American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
•    The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)

The Walk from Obesity Campaign Partner Program was established to expand our collective outreach through collaboration and networking for a common cause: obesity prevention, education, research and access to quality care and treatment. Learn more about the Walk from Obesity Campaign Partner Program at

Fall 2015 Walk from Obesity Events. The following locations will be hosting an ASMBS Foundation Walk from Obesity event this fall. For more event details please visit

California: Mountain View
Connecticut: Greater CT (Bristol)
New Jersey: Cranford
New York: New York; Saratoga Springs
Florida: Celebration; Hollywood; Jacksonville (+Fitness Fun Run); Weston
North Carolina: Greenville (+Fitness Fun Run)
Ohio: Akron; Cleveland
Indiana: Indianapolis
Oregon: Portland
Kentucky: Florence
Pennsylvania: Abington; Athens (+Fitness Fun Run)
Maryland: Baltimore (+Fitness Fun Run)
Massachusetts: Everett
Michigan: Livonia
Texas: Edinburg (+Fitness Fun Run); Dallas; San Antonio

2015 LEAD Awards. ASMBS members, don’t forget to submit your nominations for the 2015 LEAD Awards. Check your inboxes for instructions on how to submit a nomination online, or send your nominations to [email protected]. The deadline to submit a nomination is August 1, 2015
The LEAD Awards honors those who have shown leadership, education, advancement, and dedication to the field of bariatric surgery. Each year the ASMBS Foundation recognizes the recipients of the following awards during the LEAD Awards reception, held in conjunction with Obesity Week:
•    Outstanding Achievement Award
•    Master Educator Award Presented by Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital
•    Excellence in Nutrition Award Presented by Bariatric Advantage
•    Patient Safety & Quality Award Presented by Olympus
•    Distinguished Industry Partner Award

The ASMBS will also present the Circle of Excellence, Research Grant, and Best Video Awards.
More information about the 2015 LEAD Awards can be found online at

Stay Connected with the ASMBS Foundation.
Visit the ASMBS Foundation on Flipboard (
@asmbsfoundation) for more Foundation updates and obesity news stories. You can also find the ASMBS Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
The mission of the ASMBS Foundation is to:
•    Raise Funds that directly support critical research and education on obesity, morbid obesity, and metabolic and bariatric surgery.
•    Increase Scientific and Public Awareness and Understanding of obesity as a disease and that treatment of obesity and morbid obesity can prevent, improve or resolve many metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes and other diseases including cancer.
•    Improve Access to Quality Care and Treatment for Americans with obesity and morbid obesity by eliminating policy, societal, economic and medical barriers that deny people appropriate treatment and support.

The ASMBS Foundation shares the vision of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) to improve the public health and well-being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world.

View a full list of funded programs by the ASMBS Foundation at


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