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Two Local Hospital Systems Team Up to Raise Money for Obesity Research and Education

Premier Health Partners and Kettering Health Network sponsor Walk from Obesity.

DAYTON, OHIO—September 3, 2008 —Registration is underway for Walk from Obesity scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at Carillon Historic Park, 1000 Carillon Dr. The event is held to raise money to benefit the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Action Coalition to fund research, advocacy and education for those affected by obesity.
Walk from Obesity is the nation’s largest gathering of individuals affected by obesity. During September and October walks will be held in cities all across America. Last year nationally more than 16,000 walkers, donors and supporters participated in the walk and raised $650,000 to fight obesity. This marks the second year the event has been held in Dayton.
"We are reaching out to the community to educate and promote awareness of rising obesity rates in every age, gender and ethnicity,” said Debra Anderson, manager of Miami Valley Hospital’s weight loss surgery program. “The walk is an exciting event that raises funds for a worthy cause.”

Health experts report that obesity is the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Latest figures show that that 67 percent of adults and 37 percent of adolescents in America are overweight and more than 16 million Americans are morbidly obese.

Participants in the local walk can choose between several different walking courses which are between1 and 5 miles and wind through Carillon Park. For more information or registration go online at www.walkfromobesity.com or call 208-3200.