Hosting a Walk from ObesitySM is a tremendous experience and a great way to bring those affected by obesity together to raise funds and awareness of the impact of obesity, and the need for expanded efforts to end the rising epidemic.
From New York to California, walkers all across the country represent their successes in the fight against obesity. We hope you can join the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation and together we will bring a great event to your community!
To host a Walk from ObesitySM event review the Hosting a Walk FAQs, then submit an application online. To view available dates to host a Walk, please review the online applications below.
For any questions regarding event hosting, please email Randy Slade, ASMBS Foundation Program and Events Director, or contact us at (866) 471-2727.
5 Reasons to Host a Walk from ObesitySM:
Be a leader. Join with local healthcare providers and volunteers to help those affected by obesity by raising money for a worthwhile cause.
Be part of the tradition. The Walk from Obesity is a proud tradition among many of the leading bariatric practices across the country.
A celebration for patients. The Walk from Obesity is the only national event that brings together those who are directly affected by obesity.
Draw attention to the cause. Hosting a Walk is key to drawing attention to obesity and the need for treatment and prevention efforts.
Inform your community. The Walk from Obesity gives hospitals, bariatric programs, and sponsors invaluable exposure in the obesity community, national and local media, and the general public.
Testimonials from Walk from ObesitySM Participants and Event Leaders:
Each of us has a story to tell about how obesity has impacted our lives negatively, whether that be due to failing health or simply sitting on the sidelines watching life pass us by. But we each also have a story that turns a corner because of advances in the treatment of obesity. This shared experience not only draws us together as those affected by obesity, as a team, but drives us to become advocates for further improvements in treatment for patients who suffer from obesity.
I feel that the Walk from Obesity presents a positive way to get the word out to the public that obesity is a disease just like breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It also gives the people involved in caring for those affected by obesity, family and support persons and people who are affected by obesity, a chance to support the cause and to spread the word of how obesity is affecting their community.
Everyone has been touched by obesity in some way or another. We appreciate and understand the many obstacles and challenges those affected by obesity face each and every day of their lives. We participate in the Walk from Obesity to show there is hope and that we can make a difference.