Event set for city park on Oct. 11

Carol Casebolt

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes World Obesity Day on Oct. 11 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with a kick-off for the fourth annual Reclaim Your Life 5K.


The Pikeville City Park will be the backdrop for obesity education, free health screenings and race registration.


There will be free healthy snacks and water plus a challenge to start conditioning for the Reclaim Your Life 5K on April 28, 2018.


"We are inviting everyone to join us in the park and get registered for our upcoming race," said PMC Bariatric Surgeon, Amy Johnson, M.D. "Obesity is an epidemic locally and throughout our country and we are striving to make a difference right here in eastern Kentucky."


Dr. Johnson says a lifestyle change is necessary to overcome obesity and that change includes healthy food choices and exercise.


"Our 5K race has a proven track record for encouraging patients to become active," said Dr. Johnson. "They work hard to prepare for the race and after they cross the finish line they know they really can do it. It is a feeling they never forget. This accomplishment is a testament to their commitment to reclaim their life."


The PMC Wellness and Weight Loss Center staff will be available to discuss obesity and the dangers that arise from this challenging disease. They will provide information and options for weight loss while answering any questions that may be preventing anyone from taking their first step toward wellness.


"I am excited we are recognizing World Obesity Day. Correcting this disease is going to require a change in our modern relationship with food," said PMC Wellness and Weight Loss Surgery Center Clinic Manager, Susana Potter.


Potter says they will offer taste testing so everyone can experience a bite of their Health Management Resource (HMR) option for weight loss.


"I am hopeful we can show people there are ways to eat healthy without going hungry," she said. "We have seen tremendous weight loss success through HMR and we want to share this option on World Obesity Day in the park."


There will be free shirts for those who register for the race on World Obesity Day, while supplies last. There will be a live remote broadcast on East Kentucky Broadcasting's radio station WDHR 93.1 for those who are unable to attend.


For additional information, contact the PMC Wellness and Weight Loss Surgery Center at 606-218-2205.