Sacred Heart at RiverBend to host Walk from Obesity, Diabetes Awareness events

​PeaceHealth will be hosting Lane County’s inaugural Walk from Obesity on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sacred Heart Medical Center’s RiverBend campus in Springfield, to be followed by a week of activities to educate both the public and our caregivers about diabetes. Here’s why we think these efforts are so important:
• More than 93 million Americans are affected by obesity, and more than 15 million by morbid obesity.
• More than two-thirds of all Americans are classified as overweight or obese.
• Approximately 25% of Lane County residents are obese.
• Obesity costs our healthcare system more than $117 billion each year.
• Obesity increases the likelihood of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
• Obesity is a leading cause of preventable death, accounting for more than 100,000 deaths each year.
• Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans, or 8.3% of the population.
• If current trends hold, 1 in 3 adults will have diabetes by 2050.
• Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
• About 215,000 people younger than 20 had type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2010.
The Oregon Bariatric Center at Sacred Heart wants to take a lead in addressing the obesity crisis at the community level. The Walk from Obesity draws national attention to the need for awareness, treatment and advocacy initiatives, and raises money to continue research and education vital to the prevention and treatment of obesity.
Obesity is an increasingly prevalent disease that is treated through a combination of methods. Those may include behavioral modification, nutritional guidance, exercise and/or medication. For those affected by morbid obesity—100 pounds or more overweight—weight-loss surgery may be an effective treatment option.
But the real solution to ending the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes lies in encouraging healthy lifestyles through education and awareness.

In addition to the Nov. 10 walk, which starts at 9 a.m. outside the RiverBend Pavilion at the north end of the hospital campus, Sacred Heart has several public activities planned at RiverBend during Pacific Northwest Diabetes Week, Nov. 11-17:

• Diabetes Health Fair, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Room 200EB
• Celebrity Diabetic Chef demonstration, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Room 200FA
• Dr. Jill Chaplin presentation on pre-diabetes, Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-noon, Room 200CD, (lunch provided)
• Talk by Kendall Simmons, former Pittsburg Steeler, on living with diabetes, Nov. 15, 1-2 p.m., Room 200CD
• Presentation on relationship between sleep apnea and diabetes, Nov. 15, 5-6 p.m., Room 200CD
We invite anyone who has been affected by diabetes or obesity or is concerned about their impact to join us at any or all of these events. Registration for the Walk from Obesity begins at 8 a.m. at the RiverBend Pavilion at the north end of campus, with the walk set for 9 a.m. The course follows,a flat, easy route of just over one mile. For information or to sign up, visit