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For Immediate release
August 18, 2013
For More Information:
James Zervios
Director of Communications
(800) 717-3117
 Maria Caprigno Honored with the
Obesity Action Coalition’s “Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy”
Massachusetts resident Maria Caprigno was honored with the Obesity Action Coalition's (OAC) "Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy" during the 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention, Rise to the Challenge.
Since the age of four, Maria has struggled with obesity, which prevented her from having a "normal" childhood. At the age of 14, she took her health into her own hands and chose to have bariatric surgery. Throughout the past four years, she has lost almost 150 pounds and has become a voice for other children and teens affected by obesity. She has joined the OAC on Capitol Hill and stood side-by-side with the OAC in advocating for change. 
“As a young-adult battling excess weight, Maria exudes an unbelievable amount of courage and determination. As an OAC member, Maria has stood proud and strong with the Coalition in fighting for obesity awareness and access to care. We are grateful for her efforts and congratulate her on winning," said Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, OAC Chairman.
About the "Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy"
Named after emeritus OAC National Board member Barbara Thompson, MLS, this award is given to an OAC Member who has led the charge in taking-on National, local and state advocacy issues. This individual should be a tireless advocate for individuals affected by obesity.
About the OAC
The OAC is a National nonprofit charity dedicated to helping individuals affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools. For more information on the OAC, please visit
About the Your Weight Matters Convention
The Your Weight Matters Convention is a national convention focused on providing individuals with quality, evidence-based education on weight and its impact on health. For more information on the Convention, please visit
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