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August 2013


"Teaming up to Tackle Obesity" at YWM2013! 
The 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention is approaching quickly and we are proud to announce an exciting new event has been added to this year’s educational Program Agenda. "Teaming up to Tackle Obesity" features two former NFL players who will share their weight-related struggles and triumphs at the OAC Member Mingle on Thursday, August 15.
Brought to YWM2013 by Covidien (a national sponsor of the Convention) in association with the Living Heart Foundation and NFL Players Association, this program demonstrates that significant weight-loss can be achieved through different approaches. The two featured guests understand that their weight matters for their health and will join-in Convention for the rest of the weekend to learn all the latest evidence-based weight management strategies. To learn more about this special event, click here.
Join the "Teaming up to Tackle Obesity": Tweet-up 
As part of the "Teaming Up to Tackle Obesity" Program, the OAC is hosting a live Tweet-up beginning at 7:30 PM PST for everyone to follow the story and catch the excitement of this year’s Member Mingle. By following the #YWM2013 hashtag on Twitter, you can join the online conversation and see the tweets of attendees at the program. The OAC will also provide details and quotes about what is taking place throughout the Program.
Toward the end of the program, the featured guests will take questions from members of the audience and Twitter users! If you want to ask a question, be sure to follow along with the conversation and submit your questions about weight and health using the #YWM2013 hashtag. Attendees to YWM2013 are able to get their questions answered throughout the three-day event, but the Tweet-up at this year's OAC Member Mingle is a unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A session from the comfort of your own home. Don't miss-out on this special event and your chance to be part of the education and excitement found only at the 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention!


  • Stretch for 10 minutes every morning to reduce stress, decrease risk of heart attack, and improve your circulation. 
  • Drinking a glass of water before meals can help you to feel fuller and eat less. 
  • Only one in five adults gets the recommended amount of weekly exercise. Are you making fitness a priority in your healthy lifestyle?
  • People tend to underestimate the number of calories they eat in a fast food meal, with more than 25 percent off by at least 500 calories. 
  • People who laugh often are healthier than those who laugh rarely.

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OAC Bias Busters Ask Boy Scouts of America to Revise 2013 Jamboree Policy - The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) hosted their 2013 National Jamboree from July 15-24, but this year not every Boy Scout was allowed to participate. The 2013 Jamboree policy prohibited boys with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher from participating in the event and Scouts with a BMI of 32-39 were evaluated by Jamboree Medical Staff for clearance to join the activities.
The OAC has written a letter to the BSA respectfully requesting that they reconsider this policy which excludes boys and young men based on weight and offered to help develop activities appropriate for every fitness level. OAC members were alerted to the situation and also sent emails to ask that this policy be revised to include all Boy Scouts for participation in the national jamboree.
Bias Busters is an OAC initiative which helps to combat issues of weight bias and change public perception of obesity. To find out more about the OAC Bias Busters and this issue, please click here.
OAC Partners with Healthy Dining Finder - The OAC has enjoyed a productive relationship with Healthy Dining Finder for years and is now proud to officially announce a new partnership between the organizations. With similar goals in helping people find nutritionist-approved menu options and develop healthy eating habits, Healthy Dining Finder is a great resource for anyone looking to improve their diet.
In the past, Healthy Dining Finder has been featured as part of Your Weight Matters Magazine. It’s a simple way to find healthy options on almost any well-known restaurant menu throughout the United States. Healthy Dining Finder also features recipes and fun new ways to cook and eat fruits and vegetables. To read the Magazine article about Healthy Dining Finder, please click here.
Healthy Dining Finder has also signed-on as the newest Your Weight Matters Campaign Partner to help spread the word about this weight and health awareness initiative.
Learn more about nutrition after bariatric surgery -The OAC is proud to announce a new series on the OAC Blog about bariatric surgery and how it impacts nutrition for post-operative patients. Jacqueline Jacques, ND, is one of the country’s leading experts on supplementation after bariatric surgery and will be hosting the discussion on the OAC Blog. This series is a great opportunity to learn what to expect in regards to supplementation after bariatric surgery, monitoring vitamin and nutrient levels, and living long-term after bariatric surgery.
While this educational series is a good resource for individuals considering bariatric surgery as a weight-loss option, it is also a chance for everyone to learn more about bariatric surgery and the impact it has on nutrition. Questions and comments on the OAC Blog are always encouraged, so after you read the new series, be sure to express your thoughts.
To read this series on the OAC Blog, please click here.
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