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September 2013


Empowering People, Changing Lives
at YWM2013!

The 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention took place in Phoenix, AZ from August 15-18 at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. The OAC’s National Convention continues to grow with 37 speakers from throughout the United States coming together to provide more than 370 attendees with the latest evidence-based information on weight and health. One of the unique aspects of the Convention was the ability for speakers to connect with attendees. Pictured top-left are presenters Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, and Joe Nadglowski, OAC President & CEO, listening to an attendee after their educational session, "Weight Bias--Changing Public Perception Starts with Me." With more than 46 different topics on the educational Program Agenda, YWM2013 offered unrivalled education with access to experts in the field of weight and health.
Convention is a place where individuals from all walks of life with different strategies for managing their weight and health, different genetics, and different life circumstances come together for three days of top-notch education and fun social events. The welcoming community of attendees at the Your Weight Matters Convention creates a safe environment where anyone can come to connect with others and get the right education to improve their health. There is something for everyone at Convention--and, most importantly, a place for everyone.  
This year’s Convention also featured a special Advocacy Training session with more than 75 new OAC advocates attending training. An interactive learning-style with mock legislative visits (pictured left) helped new advocates feel comfortable with sharing their personal stories before ever stepping foot on Capitol Hill. On September 16, attendees trained at Convention will join healthcare professionals and other advocates to speak with elected officials about the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. 
YWM2013 offered great education, an Advocacy Training session, and the opportunity to connect with others in a supportive community of attendees. All of these principles are part of the OAC’s ultimate mission of elevating and empowering individuals affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. 
YWM2014 - Save the Date!
The OAC is excited to announce that the 3rd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention will take place in Orlando, Fla., at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World, September 25-28, 2014.


  • Eating a high-calorie breakfast can assist in weight-loss. Breakfast eaters in general tend to lose more weight. 
  • Skipping meals can actually lead to weight gain as you are more likely to make unhealthy food choices after missing a meal. 
  • A recent study found that fitness apps for your smartphone can help you stay motivated to exercise.
  • Keeping track of your "health numbers" such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight can help you maintain good health long-term.
  • Studies find that a lack of sleep can also result in less healthy food choices.

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Developing Your Exercise Plan - The OAC Blog features a new series this month about exercise after bariatric surgery and for beginners! This great resource is crafted by Jill C. Williams, MS, CPT, a certified personal trainer, personal and professional development coach who runs a post-op obesity surgery program. While the OAC Blog frequently covers a variety of weight and health-related topics, this new series promises to help get everyone thinking about fitness!
If you are new to regular exercise and want to stay committed to a well-developed plan, this is the series for you! It is also great for any post-surgery patient who needs to get back into the swing of things and get involved in exercising.
The first post of the series is available now and covers fitness assessment, creating a routine and basic exercises to try out.
To read the new OAC Blog series, please click here.
Order a FREE Educational Resource for Your Practice! - In conjunction with the American College of Physicians, the OAC is proud to offer a free resource for healthcare providers. “Excess Weight and Your Health—A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight-loss” is a 32-page Guidebook and accompanying DVD which can help educate your patients on obesity, risks of excess weight, nutrition and more!
By making this educational resource available for patients, healthcare providers can encourage greater communication about weight-related topics in their practice and help patients talk about how their weight impacts health. With more than 93 million Americans affected by obesity, it is important to provide your patients with education about weight-related topics.
To order this free resource for use in your practice, please click here.
Support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act Today! - On September 16, a group of OAC members will go to Washington, DC, for a Day-on-the-Hill event. This month, the OAC advocates will share their personal stories to try and influence elected officials to pass the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act.
This important legislation aims to give Medicare recipients improved access to obesity treatment by encouraging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand the type of providers who can provide obesity screening and counseling services, along with adding coverage for drug therapy to treat obesity under Medicare Part D. Currently, counseling is limited to primary care physicians only, and obesity management drugs are excluded as a treatment option. 
Because many insurance companies follow the lead of Medicare, this is a great opportunity to expand access to treatment for all Americans affected by obesity. Supporting this legislation is easy and all you have to do is share your story with your local elected representatives. Your personal stories are powerful and do make a difference!
Use the OAC's Legislative Action Center and share your story with local elected representatives by clicking here.
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