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January 2013

Happy New Year from the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)!

 OAC Debuts

Understanding Your Weight-loss Options Brochure 


The OAC's mission is to empower those affected by obesity through education, and we pride ourselves on our educational materials. That being said, we are proud to debut the updated, comprehensive brochure, Understanding Your Weight-loss Options!


We have updated this brochure to reflect the changes that have occurred in 2012, such as the availability of obesity drugs, and for the first time ever, this comprehensive brochure is available in print format and available for requests!


If you’re affected by obesity, you know first-hand that addressing your weight and improving your health is not always an easy task. There is a plethora of information out there on the various weight-loss options and it can sometimes become confusing and frustrating.


In this brochure, we detail the most common weight-loss options available today, including behavior modification, commercial weight-loss products and programs, physician supervised weight-loss and bariatric surgery.


You can view the updated Understanding Your Weight-loss Options brochure now by clicking here.>>>


  • Combined with a healthy diet, swimming is an ideal exercise for individuals who have excess body weight and cannot do weight-bearing exercise such as walking, jogging or running.

  • One of the easiest ways to monitor your exercise intensity is to use the ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) scale. Whether you walk, swim, run, bicycle or do step aerobics, your exercise intensity should be within a range of comfort. 
  • There are mobile applications for keeping food diaries and calorie counting, as well as exercise apps that act as personal trainers. These apps function as tools that allow you to set goals and track your progress, while instructing you and monitoring your activity.

  • You would be surprised how much a trainer can add zest to your workouts! They will bring new workouts to each training session and constantly keep you motivated to stick to your health and fitness goals.

  • According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Guidelines for Exercise Prescription, recommendations for weight-loss as a result of exercise are that we aim for 60 to 90 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.

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OAC Welcomes New Director to our National Board of Directors - The OAC is proud to welcome Michelle Vicari to our National Board of Directors! Michelle is a self-employed freelance writer from Temecula, CA., and a long-time member of the OAC who currently serves on the OAC Membership Committee.


Michelle is well-known for her Blog, The World According to Eggface, which is designed to support individuals in their life-long journey with obesity. She is a strong advocate for the OAC, having participated in the OAC's Day on the Hill in Washington, DC, last year and was recently the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Membership Recruitment by an OAC Member award. Michelle is a gastric bypass patient, having successfully maintained a 158-pound weight-loss for nearly seven years.


To read more, please click here.>>>


Obesity Medications – Where are We Now? - Throughout the past few months, the OAC has received a high volume of questions regarding the new obesity medications (Qsymia® and Belviq®). In an effort to answer questions, the OAC published an article, titled “Obesity Medications – Where are We Now?” in the fall issue of Your Weight Matters Magazine.


This article takes a close look at all current obesity medications, who qualifies for them, average weight lost and much more.

“The accessibility of these obesity medications greatly increases the amount of treatment options available to individuals battling excess weight or obesity, and wanting to improve their health. Recently, Express Scripts and other health insurance providers have indicated availability of obesity medications in their plans and formularies. This is an excellent step in the right direction,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.


For more information on health insurance coverage of obesity medications, please contact your insurance provider. The OAC has compiled a list of insurance providers to help you easily access them. To view the list, click here.>>>


“Obesity Medications – Where are We Now?” is an excellent resource for both individuals affected by excess weight and obesity, and healthcare providers


To read more, please click here.>>>


OAC Advocacy Guide Available on OAC Web Site - Are you looking to learn more about advocacy? The OAC has created a guide for individuals who would like to gain an understanding of the policymaking process. OAC Advocacy Guide: Understanding the Nuts and Bolts of Policymaking, educates on the basics of policymaking from how the legislative process works, to tips on working with your elected officials. You can view it now by clicking here.>>>

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