Walk from Obesity 2017—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

| January 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Bariatric Times. 2018;15(1):13.

The University of Pennsylvania Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery program held its first ever Walk for Obesity and Fitness Fun Run event Oct. 8, 2017, at Penn Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to raise awareness for people affected by obesity. The event was done in conjunction with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation, which raises funds from the walk for future research. About 10,000 people each year take part in these walks in cities all across the United States, and they’re organized completely by local volunteers.

The walk accepted both national and local sponsors and was open to participants who are either directly impacted by obesity or who want to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Overall, the event raised $527,282 according to the ASMBS Foundation website, beating its goal of $500,000. It was also ranked among the Top 10 Fundraisers of 2017, coming in at number four.

“As the largest gathering of individuals affected by obesity, the Walk from Obesity is a powerful public awareness event,” according to the walk’s official prospectus. “Local sponsors, presenting sponsors, and walk participants are all an integral part in raising awareness about obesity, and obesity treatments within their very own community.”

The Fall 2017 Walk from Obesity events included the following different walk locations:

Albany, NY
Amarillo, TX
Brownsville, TX
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Cleveland, OH
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Freehold, NJ
Greater CT (Meriden)
Greenville, NC
Indianapolis, IN
Morgantown, WV
Mountain View, CA
NC Triangle (Raleigh), NC
New York City, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Scottsdale, AZ
Wilmington, NC

Please visit www.WalkfromObesity.com/events to learn how to host a walk, find a walk, or become a sponsor.


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