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