Each year many of us give our time, effort, and money to help those in need and to support a worthy cause. We support school fundraisers, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the local soccer and football teams. You name it and we have all given at least a dollar to it. The New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery would like your help in supporting the fight against obesity.
Most likely, every person reading this knows someone affected by obesity, whether it is a family member or a friend. The Obesity Action Coalition, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (national and TN chapters) and New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery are bringing the Walk From Obesity to Knoxville (well, Farragut actually). The money raised from the walk helps support OAC and the ASMBS Foundation in research, education, public awareness and advocacy for obesity. This is the first year our office has helped to host the walk and we are very excited about it. It will take place on the 24th of September at 10 am at McFee Park in Farragut. The event will consist of a short walk to raise money for obesity awareness and research. There will be lots of activities for children, too!
In the last 20 years Tennessee’s rate of adult obesity has risen from 10-14% to over 30%; more than doubling the percentage! In addition, 10-15% of children in the state of Tennessee are obese. It’s time for ACTION! We have an opportunity to raise awareness about the epidemic and to educate our kids about obesity. Will you join our staff in the Walk From Obesity?
I challenge each of you to participate to the utmost of your ability. My goal is to have 120 participants. If each participant raises $50 we would raise over $5000 for the cause. If each of our past patients give $10, we would raise over $300,000! That would be amazing! Please help us in whatever way you can, whether by walking, raising money, donating a door prize, or donating money. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Call me, Sarah, at 865.694.9676 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to donate a door prize or gift. Go to www.walkfromobesity.com to register.
Sarah Grimes, RN, CBN
New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery