Walk to benefit charity group

GAINESVILLE - Fighting a nationwide epidemic is the goal of a Gainesville doctors office and residents of the Hall County city.

As part of a national event, Obesity Solutions has organized its second annual Walk from Obesity to raise funds to support the American Society for Bariatric Surgery Foundation and the Obesity Action Coalition.

The walk will begin at

9 a.m. Saturday in the traffic court parking lot on Washington Street near downtown Gainesville and wind through the campus of Brenau University.

Glenda Goff, Obesity Solutions practice administrator and walk coordinator, said the 2.1 mile event is part of Walk from Obesity's national effort to increase obesity awareness and raise funds for research, prevention and new treatments.

"It's going to be a real fun event," Goff said. "One of the local fitness gyms will have someone there to warm everybody up before the walk. We'll have cheerleaders and bottled water and snacks and also door prizes and giveaways."

With a total national goal of $1 million for all 71 cities and towns participating, Goff said Gainesville is setting its goal high.

"I would like to see us raise at least $5,000, and I think we're well on our way to doing that this year," Goff said.

According to the Walk from Obesity Web site,

the organization has

raised more than $1.6 million to support obesity research and educational programs.

Walkers can sign up at www.walkfromobesity.com and choose the North Gwinnett walk. The cost to participate is $25.

Walk-day registration will begin at 8 a.m., but Goff said those who register the day of the walk will not be guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt.

For more information, call Obesity Solutions in Gainesville at 770-534-0110.