Participants needed for Tyler's first 'Walk from Obesity'

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Rebecca Berkley with ETMC:

TYLER, TX - Participants needed for Tyler's first "Walk from Obesity"

Tyler will join thousands of other cities across the U.S. on Saturday, September 26, to raise awareness of the disease of obesity in the annual "Walk from Obesity," set to begin at 10 a.m. at Rose Rudman Park at 450 Shiloh Road.

"Obesity is a serious health epidemic that affects one in three Americans," said Dr. Hugh Babineau, medical director of the ETMC Bariatric Center of Excellence. "More than 93 million Americans are obese and that number is expected to climb. East Texas has a high percentage of obese residents because of diet and lack of exercise," added Babineau.

The obese are at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. The walk will raise money to help fund research, increase education and awareness and support community initiatives.

This is the first time for Tyler to participate in the event. To register for the walk or for more information please contact Natalie Carter Pair at 903-531-8169 or Lindsey Turner at 903-593-0230 or email