UI Health to host state’s first Walk from Obesity

The UI Health Bariatric Surgery Program is hosting the first 5K Walk from Obesity in Illinois Nov. 12.

The event, which is organized through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation, encourages participants to walk or run at their own pace as they raise awareness of the disease of

Jennifer Martin and Jenna Giannetti, both UI Health bariatric registered dietitians, have recruited surrounding hospitals, fellow dietitians, families and patients at any stage of recovery to participate in the event.

“We want to give our patients something to strive for,” said Martin, who co-organized the event with Giannetti. “Working up toward a 5K is something that we would love to see them do.”

The fundraising goal of $10,000 will support the ASMBS’s efforts in obesity research, education and access to quality treatment.

On the day of the event, free parking will be available and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Montrose and Simonds Drive. The walk will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue alongside Montrose Beach.

Register or donate online.

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