ASMBS Foundation News and Update—May 2015

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Connie Stillwell

Walk from Obesity Update. April has kicked off the start of the 2015 Spring Walk from Obesity events. Lafayette General Bariatrics, in Lafayette, Louisiana, held their fourth annual Walk from Obesity event on April 11, 2015. While final participant numbers are still being calculated, the event was able to fundraise over $11,900 to support obesity research, education, and awareness.

Robert Wood University Hospital Hamilton, Surgical Associates of Mercer & Monmouth County, and New Jersey Advanced Surgical Solutions in Hamilton, New Jersey, also held a Walk from Obesity event on April 18, 2015.

Five more Walk from Obesity events will be held in May, and three more in June. Visit to learn more about these upcoming events.

North Carolina—Wilmington
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: Independence Mall
Presented by: Chrysalis Center for Counseling & Eating Disorder Treatment

North Carolina—Durham,
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: 750 Stadium Drive
Presented by: Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

West Virginia—Morgantown
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Location: Hazel Ruby McQuain Park
Presented by: Akkary Surgery Center

New York—White Plains
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: White Plains High School Track
Presented by: White Plains Hospital

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Location: Alexandria Senior High School
Presented by: Dr. James Parish

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Location: Ventura Community Park
Presented by: Ventura Bariatrics

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Location: Kess Creek Park
Presented by: Jackson Purchase Medical Center

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Location: Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Presented by: Brigham and Women’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Host an Event. Didn’t have a chance to host a Walk this spring? The application to host a Fall 2015 Walk from Obesity event is now open. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2015. Fall Walks will take place August through December 2015.
There is still time to become a National Sponsor for the 2015/2016 Walk from Obesity events. The deadline to become a sponsor is July 1, 2015. Visit to learn more or contact Leslie Galloway ([email protected]).

2015 LEAD Awards. The 2015 LEAD Awards will be held November 3, 2015, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with Obesity Week 2015. The ASMBS Foundation’s LEAD Awards honors members of the bariatric field who have demonstrated leadership, education, advancement, and dedication.

Award presentation will include the ASMBS Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement Award, Master Educator, Excellence in Nutrition, Patient Safety, and Distinguished Industry Partner Awards. The ASMBS will also present the Circle of Excellence, Research Grant, and Best Video awards.

A call for nomination for the ASMBS Foundation LEAD Awards will be sent to ASMBS members starting in June.

Ticket sales will be available through Obesity Week registration and online at

National Pedometer Challenge. Last month the ASMBS Foundation announced our new obesity awareness and fundraising campaign. The objective of the National Pedometer Challenge is to increase awareness of obesity in the United States, raise funds to support obesity research and education, and advocate for improved access to the treatment of obesity.
More information about this campaign coming soon.

Stay Connected with the ASMBS Foundation.
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The Mission of the ASMBS Foundation is to raise funds for conducting research and education, increasing public and scientific awareness and understanding, and improving access to quality care and treatment of obesity and morbid obesity.
•    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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