Tennessee has the third highest obesity rate in the country, and the folks at the Blount Memorial Weight Management Center led a one-mile walk on Sept. 24 to focus on fighting obesity and making healthy choices.
The fourth annual event, Moving Together, One Step Closer, was held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center. Angie Tillman, Weight Management Center director, said the walk drew a good crowd that was ready to have fun.
“Overall, it was a success, but with a slightly smaller turnout than we would have liked,” said Tillman. “We had about 50 people turn out at the Wellness Center, and we had a great one-mile walk, a great speaker and a great Zumba warm-up.”
There are also various children’s activities so that folks of all ages could get active.
Tillman said the center has been organizing the walk for about four years. “Our real goal is just to bring awareness to the problem of obesity and ways to prevent it. We invite Weight Management Center clients and bariatric surgery patients, and it is also open to community and anyone who wants to focus on prevention of obesity,” she said. “We’re trying to help people make positive steps to becoming healthier.”
About $3,000 was raised at the walk. “The money we raise goes into a fund that helps support local patients,” Tillman said.
The fund is used to help with expenses like diabetes education or nutritional supplements needed after bariatric surgery.