About the ASMBS Foundation
The ASMBS Foundation is a non profit organization developed to raise funds for conducting research and education, increasing public and scientific awareness
and understanding, and improving access to quality care and treatment of
obesity and morbid obesity.
History of the ASMBS Foundation
The ASMBS Foundation was established through the efforts of the ASBS Executive Council in 1997 spearheaded by Dr. Ross Fox. The ASMBS Executive Council and Dr. Fox had the vision to recognize the need to provide fundraising through charitable gifts, public and private donations to support obesity awareness, understanding and research to advance bariatric surgery and care of the morbidly obese population. As the Foundations first President, Dr. Fox obtained a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation designation.
Our mission is to raise funds for conducting research and education, increasing public and scientific awareness and understanding, and improving access to quality care and treatment of obesity and morbid obesity.
The Foundation shares the vision of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) to improve the public health and well-being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world.
To learn more about the Foundation and its activities, download our brochure.
Download ASMBS Foundation Brochure (PDF)
Walk from Obesity
In 2003 Bryan Woodward, MPH conceived and directed the ASMBS Foundation's annual nationwide walk-a-thon called Walk From Obesity. Today, there are more than 75 Walk sites throughout the U.S. and the Walk continues to bring national attention to this disease.
The success of this event has sustained the ability of the ASMBS Foundation to pursue its mission and goals. In 2006, the Foundation welcomed the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) as our partner in the "Walk from Obesity" and a portion of funds raised by the Walk are shared with the OAC to partially support their advocacy and educational efforts.
To learn more about the Walk from Obesity, download the Walk brochure.
Download Walk from Obesity Brochure (PDF)
Thank you for visiting the ASMBS Foundation Web site. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on our activities.
Thanks to the support of our many donors, the Foundation has funded the following programs and projects:
- Double Platinum Sponsor of the Certified Bariatric Nurse Program
- Funded 22 ASMBS Research Grants
- Supported the ASMBS Nutrition Guidelines Project
- Supported the ASMBS Online CME Program
- Funded the ASMBS Integrated Health Research Awards
- Supported the Edward Mason Professorship at the University of Iowa
- Supported the educational and advocacy initiatives of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
- Sponsored the Walk from Obesity, Walk on the Capitol in Washington, DC in 2008
- Funded the Walk from Obesity Cookbook
- Funded 11 Bryan G. Woodward Community Grants to support local initiatives to address the obesity epidemic
- Sponsored the 2010 and 2011 ASMBS Fall Educational Courses
- Funded the ASMBS Access and Advocacy Program
- Funded the 2011 ASMBS International Committee Awards
- Supported the revised ASMBS Patient Booklet
- Supported the ASMBS jLog™ Program, an online educational project to meet the information needs of patients and referring physicians regarding metabolic and bariatric surgery
- Organizes the annual Walk from Obesity fundraising events in over 70 cities across the U.S.
- Supported the ASMBS Quality Improvement Project
- Supported the ASMBS State Chapter Summit
2011 looks to be another outstanding year. The annual Foundation Event this year honored Philip R. Schauer, MD with the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award during the ASMBS Annual meeting in Orlando. We also encourage you to participate in the 9th Annual Walk from Obesity. A complete listing of Walk sites is available on the Walk from Obesity Web site. Walks in more than 70 cities will take place in 2011 not only raising money, but also raising awareness of obesity and the need for both prevention and intervention. A number of 2012 Walks will take place in the spring this year as well as during the traditional Walk months of September, October and November. The Foundation is also very proud to kick off a five-year fundraising campaign called Operation MORE (Monies for Obesity Research and Education) in 2010. The campaign seeks to dramatically increase the grant making abilities of the ASMBS Foundation.
I would like to thank all of our supporters and volunteers who have joined us in fostering proactive healthcare changes. Your generous contributions support the ASMBS Foundation and its efforts to efforts to expand research, education and advocacy. I hope to see you out participating in a Walk from Obesity event in a city near you!
Joseph Nadglowski, Jr.
ASMBS Foundation Executive Director