The walk took place at Osborn Park's track field near One Brooklyn Health's Brookdale Campus, home of its Bariatric Program. Employees and executives joined the inaugural event.
Lead bariatric surgeon Theodore Hufford has firsthand experience with weight loss as a former bariatric patient himself. He and his team provide comprehensive care, including consultations, diet guidance and follow-ups, he told Caribbean Life.
Hufford said the walk brings “awareness of obesity in the community” and shows “anyone can participate.”
Participants received medals in appreciation. Nutritious foods and vegetables were also available to energize walkers. Some sponsors included Novo Nordisk, Brownsville Rec Center and 500 Men Making A Difference.
Executive Director Sandra Scott said reducing obesity also decreases diabetes and hypertension risks.
“We’re coming together to support our progressing fight in obesity, also to help the stigma of obesity, so people feel more comfortable,” Scott said.
Other bariatric surgeons like Katrina Tulla hope the walk continues annually and grows over time.
“I think the Walk is great to change the lifestyle. I hope we’ll be doing this every year and that it gets bigger and better every year,” said Tulla.
Director of External Affairs Sharon Leid called obesity a big local issue. She added that Brookdale's bariatric program recently earned a Center of Excellence award for its excellence in patient care.
“Brookdale is in the forefront of promoting healthy living in the community,” Leid said.