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Summa Health System and Akron General Health System Co-Sponsor Annual “Walk From Obesity” in Akron

08.15.2012

What:              
Summa Health System and Akron General Health System are proud sponsors of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) Annual “Walk from Obesity.” In cities across America, obesity sufferers and survivors, along with family, friends, healthcare professionals and many others, will join forces and walk to raise money for research, education, prevention and treatment of the life threatening disease of obesity.

Why:               
Obesity is a serious health epidemic that affects one in three Americans. The Annual Walk from Obesity will support the ASMBS and OAC in their efforts to increase research funding for obesity, improve awareness of the negative stigma associated with obesity, and provide educational resources and treatment options for all those affected by this disease. 

The ASMBS and OAC provided the following statistics on obesity:

  • More than 93 million Americans are obese, with that number predicted to increase to 120 million in the next five years.
  • Obesity costs our health care system more than $270 billion each year.
  • Obesity is a leading cause of preventable death.
  • Obesity increases the likelihood of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
  • Obesity is a disease treated through a combination of methods that may include diet,  
    exercise and/or medication.
  • For the morbidly obese, those 100 pounds or more overweight, weight-loss surgery may
    be the only effective option. People need to consult with a health professional to help   determine which methods are appropriate for them.

When:             
Sat. Sept. 22
9:30 a.m. registration
10 a.m. walk

Where:            
Firestone Park, Tuscarawas Shelter
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron

RSVP:
Visit www.walkfromobesity.com to pre-register for $25. Walkers also can register on the day of the event for $35.

For more information about registration, contact Debbie Pasini, RN, BSN, CBN at pasinid@summahealth.org or (330) 375-6590.

PR Contact:    

Erica Rosenthal 
Public Relations Coordinator
Summa Health System     
(330) 375-3052   
rosenthale@summahealth.org   

Jim Gosky
Director, Media and Public Relations
Akron General Health System     
(330) 344-6083  
james.gosky@akrongeneral.org