DayOne Health Chicago Sponsors Local Walk From Obesity

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DayOne Health, the premier LAP-BAND center in Chicago was a contributing sponsor and participant in the annual Chicago Walk From Obesity. This was DayOne Health’s second year as a sponsor and along with other volunteers and participants they raised almost $9,000 to increase awareness about obesity. In another effort to raise awareness of obesity and the LAP-BAND, DayOne Health is holding a LAP-BAND give away contest through the end of October. The winner of the content will receive a LAP-BAND plus one year of follow-up care for free. Entrants need only to visit http://www.dayonehealth.com and submit their story. The winning essay will be selected and announced December 1st 2010.

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DayOne Health’s participation in the Walk From Obesity is our way of helping raise awareness of obesity and treatments like the LAP-BAND - Guita Griffiths

DayOne Health, a leading outpatient weight loss surgery program located at the 900 North Michigan Surgery Center in downtown Chicago, was a contributing sponsor and participant in the 2010 Chicago Walk From Obesity, held Sept. 25 at the Oak Brook Park District. DayOne Health has joined with other organizations and volunteers to raise almost $9,000 for the ASMBS Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, to raise awareness about obesity.

This is DayOne’s second year as a sponsor and contributing participant in the walk, for which 2010 was the third year in Chicago. The Chicago 2010 Walk from Obesity raised $8,864 for the foundation.

“We really appreciated this chance to support the local community and also to meet with patients and talk about our LAP-BAND program,” said Guita Griffiths, president of DayOne Health. “We can’t wait to be a sponsor next year. We hope that in the years to come, more people will participate and raise more funds.

“We aim to raise awareness of the growing obesity problem in America, and we hope our support of this event has helped make that happen.”

The Walk from Obesity began in 2003. Since then, according to the ASMBS Foundation, it has grown into the nation’s largest gathering of people affected by obesity, raising more than $3.9 million in the process.

In the Walk from Obesity, people whose lives obesity has touched gather in cities all around America to publicize the condition’s negative effects and to support each other. In 2008, the event raised more than $850,000 for the ASMBS Foundation and the educational and advocacy programs of the Obesity Action Coalition, the ASMBS Foundation’s partner.

In another effort to spread the message about possible solutions to obesity, DayOne Health is offering the chance to receive LAP-BAND® Surgery at no cost. Twelve months of free follow-up care are included.

Prospective patients have until Oct. 31st to enter the DayOne Health LAP-BAND® Give Away Contest. Entrants need only submit a short essay that states why they desire LAP-BAND® surgery and why they should be chosen among all submissions. Over one hundred people have already submitted their entries!
Obesity is a national problem — but it is also a regional and local one. More than 30 percent of Illinois residents are obese, and many people would like to be treated but cannot because of economic concerns, Ms. Griffiths said.

With this contest, DayOne aims to help one deserving, motivated patient achieve his or her health goals while spreading the word about the effectiveness of bariatric surgery for patients committed to the lifestyle changes involved.

The DayOne Health LAP-BAND® Give Away contest is open to anyone 18 or older who meets the medical eligibility requirements. Full contest rules and entry forms can be found at http://www.dayonehealth.com.

About DayOne Health

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, DayOne Health performed its first outpatient LAP-BAND® surgery at 900 North Michigan Surgery Center in November 2001, shortly after the procedure was approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (June 5, 2001). In March 20 2008, DayOne health has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). DayOne Health is home to some of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the country and specializes in the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding or LAP-BAND® procedure, a safer and less invasive bariatric surgery alternative to gastric bypass. As part of their program, DayOne Health provides its patients with a comprehensive pre-surgical patient education program, nutritional counseling, state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facilities, expert medical staff and extensive after care support. Further information about DayOne Health and its outpatient LAP-BAND® surgical weight loss program can be found at http://www.dayonehealth.com.

About the ASMBS Foundation

The ASMBS Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to raising funds to help support obesity research and to increase professional and public awareness of bariatric surgery and its role in treating the devastating disease of morbid obesity.

About the OAC

The OAC is a nonprofit National charity dedicated to helping those affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools.

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