|Date:||Saturday, September 25, 2021.|
|Where:||Anywhere! This is a VIRTUAL event,
so you choose where you participate.
|Time:||Anytime! Pick what time of day works
best for you.
|Cost:||Registration is FREE, but we do
encourage all participants to fundraise
or make a donation.
|Why:||To raise funds for critical obesity
research and access to care programs,
while increasing awareness obesity
treatment and prevention.
|Online Registration Cutoff:||9/25/2021 @ 11:59 PM EST
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|Online Donation Cutoff:
|10/2/2021 @ 11:59 PM EST|
|Contact:||Randy Slade | 352-332-9100
|Help Spread the Word:||Download Our Event Flyer.
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As we have learned from the pandemic, obesity can cause serious health complications. A recent CDC COVID-19 study found about 78% of people who have been hospitalized, needed a ventilator, or died have been overweight or had obesity. Unfortunately, during the pandemic obesity rates have increased. The need to "get back on track” and combat the disease of obesity has never been greater!
Last year, the ASMBS Foundation committed to include funding for a research grant(s) to better understand the correlations between COVID-19 and obesity. That funding has been awarded and research is underway. But there is still work to be done! That’s why we invite you to participate in this year's virtual National Walk from Obesity Day!
To participate in the virtual Walk simply register online for FREE, then walk when and where you want on Saturday, September 25th. Share your Walk on social media that day by using the tag #NationalWFODay and tagging us @WalkfromObesity! It’s that simple!
Leading up to Walk Day, ask friends, family, and colleagues to support your fundraising efforts for the virtual Walk. Fundraising is not required, but is needed to support our mission. The ASMBS Foundation is “Taking Steps for Your Health” and funds raised from this event will support a minimum of one research grant focusing on postoperative patient opportunities, such as weight regain. Funding beyond this will support our overall mission of research, education, and access to care initiatives.
I want to thank you in advance for your participation and fundraising efforts to support our important cause. The work we do is dependent on the support we get from patients, healthcare professionals, and community members who want to make a difference for the cause of obesity treatment and prevention.
Paul Enochs, MD
ASMBS Foundation President
Registration, Fundraising, and Teams
Online registration is FREE and will be available until Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. Please click "Register Now!" and follow the prompts to register online. Since this is a virtual event, registration is only available online. You will have the option to register as an individual, start a team, or join a team. You will also be asked to set a fundraising goal. Fundraising is not required but is strongly encouraged.
Healthcare (hospital, practice, etc.)
Corporate (for-profit business)
ASMBS State Chapter
General (friends, family, group, etc.)
Nonprofit (school, church, 501c3, etc.)
All participants will automatically receive an online participant/fundraising page. You may use this page to fundraise and/or share your story of why you are participating in #NationalWFODay. Please utilize our online fundraising tools to help meet your goal and/or to invite family and friends to join you in the virtual Walk. You may also sync your participant fundraising page with Facebook, creating a Facebook Fundraiser. Please take advantage of this great tool, as it's the easiest way to ask your friends and family to support your efforts! The fundraising deadline is Saturday, 10/2 at 11:59PM EST.
All participants (individuals and team members) can win fundraising prizes and receive achievement badges on their online participant page. If you are part of a team, your individual fundraising efforts will automatically count towards your team's fundraising goal as well.
Fundraising Prizes - All prizes will be mailed after the fundraising deadline of 10/2, unless you qualify for our Early Bird promotion! Early Bird promotion: If you fundraise $100 by 9/12, you will receive your shirt and drawstring bag before Walk day! Also, the Top Individual Fundraiser will receive a prize package that includes a year supply of vitamins (from Bariatric Fusion), a $250 gift card for fitness equipment, and more! See below for all the details.
Check out our Resource Center for fundraising tips, social media graphics, and more!
Prize eligibility is based on individual efforts only. "Team Donations" will not count towards any individual's efforts.
The top fundraising team across ALL categories will be deemed the National WFO Day Fundraising Champions and the President's Cup Trophy will be awarded to the team captain on behalf of the team!
*Each team's fundraising is independent of each other. Multiple teams may NOT combine their fundraising dollars to qualify for the category recognition or for the President's Cup Trophy. In order for any individual's fundraising dollars to count towards a team's goal, the individual must be a registered member of that team.
If you need assistance with registering, donating, or setting up your online fundraising page, please contact our national office:
ASMBS Foundation National Office: