Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Walk From Obesity

Since obesity was a very big---pardon the pun---part of my life for so many years, I would like to bring this to your attention.

In September and October in cities all across America, obesity sufferers and survivors alike join forces and walk to raise money for research, education, prevention and treatment of the life-threatening disease of obesity.

Since its inception, the Walk from Obesity has raised more than $1.6 million to support research and educational programs on behalf of all of those affected by this disease.

Many participants walk on behalf of those unable to do so, because obesity has stolen their mobility, dignity, hope or life.

The ASBS Foundation and Obesity Action Coalition's Walk from Obesity was established to give hope to those needing it most.

Walkers raise money by asking friends, family and co-workers to sponsor them. In addition to walker income, funds are raised through sponsorship, matching gifts, corporate contributions and other fundraising activities.

The funds raised through this event support the ASBS Foundation and the Obesity Action Coalition's independent educational missions and fund programs focused on research, education and advocacy for all those affected by obesity.

There are quite a few WLSers who participate in this even each year. Since the closest one to me happens to be in Atlanta--I get involved by donating to varied walkers. If you happen to be involved in this just email me your donation page link and I will post here on my blog. For those who would like to participate---check this list to see if there's one near you---Join The Walk

Melting Mama blog Her Sponsorship Page

As more come in I'll be happy to add their link to the list.

If you do not have a walk in your area---they will be starting application s for next years walk in November 2007. Check out there website here---Walk from Obesity.

Obesity is a serious, chronic disease affecting more than 32 percent of American adults and 17 percent of American children (an increase of 75 percent over the last 20 years). Every day hundreds of people in the United States will die from obesity and its related health conditions. Obesity is a complex, multi-faceted disease that has been misunderstood by medical professionals, governmental agencies and the general public.

It is a common misunderstanding that an obese individual has directly caused their condition by overeating and/or a lack of willpower. Negative stereotypes have contributed to the lack of adequate support, education, research and treatment for this disease. Obesity is a complex disease with many factors contributing including behavior, environment and genetics.
So take the time to visit the site---get out and walk too. They have a wonderful Training Program on the site. It lists a 10 week walking program that would be great for those having had WLS. So check it out.