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Message from the Editor:

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2012 issue of the Obesity Action Alert! As we continuously strive to bring you the most up-to-date information regarding obesity and the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), you will notice a different and updated look to the Obesity Action Alert e-newsletter. We are proud to bring you the same information you seek, in a new and improved format. We hope you enjoy this new look!


 OAC Welcomes Pam Davis, RN, CBN, as New Chairman and Two New Directors to our National Board of Directors


The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is excited to welcome our new Chairman of the Board, Pam Davis, RN, CBN. Pam is a weight-loss surgery patient, having successfully maintained a 160-pound weight-loss for the past 10 years. She is a certified bariatric nurse and is currently the program director for a surgery practice in Nashville, Tenn. Pam has been a member of the OAC since 2005. She first served on our Advisory Board and has been a member of our National Board of Directors since 2006. The OAC is grateful for her hard work and dedication to support our organization and looks forward to her leadership for the next two years.

The OAC would also like to extend a warm welcome to two new members of our 2012 National Board of Directors: Holly F. Lofton, MD, and Amber D. Huett.

Dr. Lofton is an associate physician at the Geisinger Center for Nutrition and Weight Management in Danville, Pa. She has been a member of the OAC Advisory Board since 2009 and has been a dedicated volunteer for the OAC throughout the past three years.

Amber is a classroom teacher for the Memphis City School District. Before working as a teacher, Amber was employed by the Illinois Senate President as a policy and budget analyst. She is a weight-loss surgery patient, now two years post-op. She has been a member of the OAC Advisory Board since July 2010.

For more information on the OAC's National Board of Directors, please click here.>>>


  • Americans consume approximately 25 percent of their daily calories from beverages. For most people, this would mean that they drink 450-625 calories each day.

  • Researchers have found that caffeine and taurine, both found in energy drinks, can raise blood pressure and affect cardiac function.
  • One of the most impactful messages that can be sent to an insurance provider, employer or elected official is a message from someone who is directly affected by obesity. 
  • An interesting study conducted on rodents showed those fed saccharin (an artificial sweetener) actually gained weight compared to those fed sugar.

  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that products labeled as organic must contain at least 95 percent of organically produced ingredients.


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OAC Announces New Membership Structure Effective January 1, 2012 -

OAC Membership is about the individual, so that is why the OAC's Board of Directors recently voted to simplify the membership structure, now offering one level of membership for individuals. The goal in making this change is to allow any individual to join the OAC at the same fee - just $20/year.

To learn more about the OAC's new membership structure, please click here.>>>


OAC Partners with Obesity PPM on Free Online Educational Initiative - In January 2012, the OAC and Obesity PPM will launch a long-term online educational initiative to increase understanding of the complexity of obesity and its many causes. Running throughout 2012 and 2013, the initiative will take a three-pronged approach: a 14-part series of publicly available webinars, articles addressing aspects of Obesity PPM’s Twelve Pillars® model, and social media enriching the dialogue about each event topic.

To learn more about this educational opportunity, please click here.>>>


OAC's Most Recent "Bias Busters" Issue Needs Your Attention - The "Bias Busters" issue that needs your attention is the availability and sale of stigmatizing images of individuals affected by obesity distributed by stock photo companies. These images degrade and dehumanize individuals affected by obesity and only perpetuate the negative and unfair bias that individuals affected by obesity deal with everyday.


To learn more about this "Bias Busters" issue and to take action, please click here.>>>


OAC Thanks Chairman’s Council Member for Renewing - This month, the OAC is pleased to thank former OAC Chairman, Jim Fivecoat, MBA, for renewing his membership in the OAC Chairman’s Council. Jim has been a member of the OAC since 2005 and has been a member at the Chairman’s Council level for the past five years. As an individual, Jim sees the value of joining the OAC at the highest level and we are appreciative of his support throughout the years.


The OAC Chairman’s Council welcomes individuals, companies and organizations that want to support the OAC at a higher level. To learn more about the Chairman’s Council and all of the benefits to this level, please click here.>>>



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