Take Action and Make a Difference!

As we bid adieu to August and welcome September with open arms, it brings us to the realization that “Convention season” really has come to a close for 2015. The anticipation leading up to YWM2015 was palpable, and each attendee left San Antonio with a renewed sense of excitement,...



Strategies for Celebrations — Holidays, Eating out and Vacations

We enjoy and look forward to the fun times in our lives – parties, celebrations, family gatherings, holidays, vacations, restaurant eating and so on. We need these times! If our lives were all work and no play, we’d feel bored and we’d enjoy our lives a whole lot less....



When Eating Becomes Contagious

Did you know that if your friends make unhealthy food choices, you’re more likely to do so as well? This works in the opposite direction too — if you happen to have health-oriented friends, you’re more likely to make healthier choices as well. In fact, research has shown that...



When Your Significant Other is Not Onboard

It’s hard to see a loved one not taking care of themselves – especially if their health is suffering. It’s natural to want them to get with the program, but as much as you love each other, your needs may be different. You may simply be at different places...



On Why We Need to Ban the F Word

Take a look around you, and I would be willing to bet money that if you really looked closely enough, you’d see some sort of fat-shaming every single day. It’s sadly something that has become second-nature in our society. Despite the fact that I work for a patient advocacy...



The Future of the OAC is YOU – Stand with Us!

It’s been a very exciting month for us at the OAC as we have been reflecting on the past 10 years, and celebrating the growth of the organization. In planning for our 10 year anniversary, it was extremely important to us that we bring it back to those who...



Creating REAL Change!

It seems like just yesterday that I joined the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a fledgling non-profit organization that had been started just a few years prior. I started like many of you as just a member, in an organization whose mission I believed was important. Over the last 10...



The OAC — the Spark for Change

It’s remarkable to think about everything that has changed in the first decade since the Obesity Action Coalition was founded in President and CEO Joe Nadglowski’s spare bedroom. In 2005, there was no organized voice for people affected by obesity. People were so stigmatized by this chronic disease that...



The Beginning of the OAC

In planning for our 10th Anniversary celebration, I’ve spent some time reflecting on the Obesity Action Coalition’s early days. It is truly remarkable to see how the OAC has grown. The story of our beginning is definitely worth retelling as it set the foundation for what the OAC is...



Special Considerations Post-Baby if You are Affected by Excess Weight

Special Considerations Post-Baby if You are Affected by Excess Weight by Nicole Avena, PhD  Unfortunately, giving birth does not mean you will magically have the same stomach you had before you got pregnant. However, before jumping right into an exercise and diet routine to return to pre-baby status, take...



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