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Sept. 11, 2006

UI Specialists To Join 'Walk From Obesity' Event

Specialists in weight management and weight loss surgery from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will join participants in the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) Foundation "Walk From Obesity" event Sept. 30 in Waukee, Iowa.

The ASBS Foundation Walk From Obesity is a two-mile, non-competitive event. The fundraiser is devoted to helping reduce disability, death and discrimination of people who are obese by educating the public and health care professionals about effective treatments.

Staff from UI Obesity Surgery and UI Weight Management will participate in the walk. Information about UI Obesity Surgery and UI Weight Management is available online at www.uihealthcare.com/weight

Joe Dillon, M.D., an associate professor of internal medicine with UI Weight Management, said, "Events like this highlight the problem of obesity in society and also showcase some of the lifestyle changes that we try to help our patients achieve in order to lose weight." 

Mohammad Jamal, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of surgery with UI Obesity Surgery, added, "Obesity surgery provides one with the most effective tool for weight loss and is the only known cure for morbid obesity."

Both Dillon and Jamal will speak briefly after the walk.

Patients who receive weight loss treatment at UI Hospitals and Clinics say the experience changes -- and even saves -- their lives.

"What I really like about UI Hospitals and Clinics is that they treat the whole person," said Bonnie Tozer. "They really care about you, and it shows." Tozer lost 97 pounds following bariatric surgery in 2003. "I tell everyone about the program at the University of Iowa. I spent six weeks with the Red Cross helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and I never could have done that before the surgery," she added.

On-site registrations for the Sept. 30 Walk From Obesity will begin at 8 a.m. in Centennial Park, located at 1225 Warrior Lane in Waukee, followed by a warm-up session at 8:30 and welcoming remarks at 8:45. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. Health care specialists will address the participants from 10 to 11 a.m. and the event will conclude with the announcement of the winners of the raffle at 11:30 a.m.

This is the only Walk From Obesity event in Iowa. Information about the walk is available online at www.walkfromobesity.com/desmoines. Participants can also register online.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.