Published in March/April 2015 Issue             

In February, the ASMBS Foundation and the Florida State Chapter of the ASMBS held a successful statewide obesity awareness campaign called the 2/22 Pedometer Challenge. The event was designed raise awareness about the disease of obesity by having participants “walk the length of the state” of Florida from Pensacola to Key West, a distance over 820 miles, and 1.7 million steps.

People monitored their steps with pedometers and fitness trackers. At the end of the day, over 560 reported their step count online. The final count totaled over 6.1 million steps, a distance of 2,900 miles.

Jacksonville had the most participants, while the bariatric treatment programs at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston had the most individuals to record their steps. Of the steppers surveyed, many reported having a great time and feeling motivated to continue to walk. One participant from Daytona said, “This challenge motivated me beyond what I thought I could accomplish. I have obesity in my family and hope to inspire others.”

The mission of the ASMBS Foundation is to raise funds for conducting research and education, increasing public and scientific awareness and understanding, and improving access to quality care and treatment of obesity.

The Florida ASMBS Chapter is a non-profit corporation whose specific purposes shall be to study morbid obesity and advance the art and science of bariatric surgery.