Lace up your shoes and join Lexington Medical Center for the Walk from Obesity, Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Saluda Shoals Park. The event features a 1 and 3-mile walk along the Saluda River and benefits the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Action Coalition. These organizations advocate for insurance to cover obesity surgery, educate individuals affected by obesity, work to ensure obesity treatments are safe and effective, and strive to eliminate the negative stigma and bias associated with obesity.
The Walk from Obesity is critical to raise awareness and promote healthy living as South Carolina becomes increasingly affected by the obesity epidemic. Statistics show that 66.9 percent of adults in our state are overweight and 31.5 percent are obese. In addition, an estimated 93 million Americans are obese and that number is expected to climb to 120 million in the next five years.
Lexington Medical Center is committed to helping the community fight obesity by offering comprehensive weight management programs to ensure successful weight loss through the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.
Walkers will enjoy healthy refreshments, children’s activities, a coloring contest, raffles, and education on how to make a healthy plate. Registration, check-in, and t-shirt pickup will begin at 8:00 AM. The Walk will kick off at 9:00 AM at the River Birch Center and finish by 11:00 AM.
Online registration is $25 and will be available until May 3, 2013. Those who register will have their very own Donor Drive fundraising page where online fundraising tools will help you meet your goal or invite friends and family to join you at the walk. On-site registration will be available at $35 on the day of the event.
For More information or to register visit www.walkfromobesity.com. Find Lexington Medical Center’s walk under the “Find a Walk” tab. Click on “W. Columbia/Lexington” under South Carolina for our registration page.
See you at the walk!