Thank You to Everyone who Participated in the 2/22 Pedometer Challenge!

On Sunday, February 22, 2015 the ASMBS Foundation and the Florida State Chapter of the ASMBS presented a statewide obesity awareness campaign in Florida. The objective of the 2/22 Pedometer Challenge was to bring attention to the disease of obesity by virtually walking the length of the state. The goal was to walk from Pensacola to Key West, a distance over 820 miles, and 1.7 million steps.

On the day of the event, participants monitored their steps with pedometers and fitness trackers. At the end of the day, over 560 participants reported their step count online. The final count totaled over 6.1 million steps, a distance of 2,900 miles.

Jacksonville, FL was the city with the most participants, while the bariatric treatment programs at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston had the most individuals to record their steps. Participants of this event included those affected by obesity and other related diseases, healthcare providers, and members of the community.

Of the participants surveyed many reported having a great time and feeling motivated to continue to walk. One participate from Daytona, FL said “This challenge motivated me beyond what I thought I could accomplish. I have obesity in my family and hope to inspire others.”

Final Step Count

Thank You to the Bariatric Treatment Programs and Organizations that Helped Support this Event!

Bariatric Treatment Programs:

Baptist Center for Bariatrics (Jacksonville)
Baptist Weight Loss Center (Pensacola)
Bariatric & Laparoscopy Center of Orlando Health (Orlando)
Bariatrix Florida (Margate)
Center for Obesity Surgery & Treatment (Gainesville)
Cleveland Clinic (Weston)
Cleveland Clinic Hosp Florida (Hollywood)
Florida East Coast Bariatrics (Daytona Beach)
Ernest C. Rehnke, M.D., F.A.C.S. (St. Petersburg)
Flagler Hospital Bariatric Surgery Center (St. Augustine)
Florida Bariatric Centers/Palms of Pasadena (St. Petersburg)
Florida Hospital Celebration Health (Celebration)
GI Surgcal Specalist (Fort Myers)
Gulf Coast Bariatrics (Fort Myers)
Health First / LifeShape Advanced Bariatric (Melbourne)
Health First Viera Hospital NewFit Bariatric Program (Viera)
Holy Cross Medical Group / US Bariatric / Dr. Perez (Fort Lauderdale)
Hosein Yasrebi, MD Gastric Bypass Clinic (Jacksonville)

Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Jefferson R. Vaughan (Jupiter)
JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institue (Lake Worth)
Memorial Hospital Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
Munroe Regional Medical Center (Ocala)
Northwest Medical Center (Margate)
Orlando Health (Orlando)
Sebastian River Medical Center (Sebastian)
St. Anthony’s Bariatric Program (St. Petersburg)
St. Vincent’s Bariatric Weight Loss Program (Jacksonville)
Sun Coast Bariatrics (St. Petersburg)
Surgical Healing Arts Center (Fort Myers)
Treasure Coast Bariatric at Indian River Medical Center (Vero Beach)
UF Health at Shands (Gainesville )
University of Miami (Miami)
USF and Tampa General Hospital Bariatric center (Tampa)
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (Venice)
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

Supporting Partner:


Thank You to Covidien
for their support of this awareness campaign.

Promoting Partners:

Thank you to these company who have agreed to help promote this event 

Gainesville Health & Fitness
Partnership for Strong Families

ReQuest Physical Therapy

Presenting Partners:


For questions please contact the ASMBS Foundation office
at 352-332-9100 or