YWM2017 First-Timer Experience

For most of my life, I have wanted to be an advocate for something. Be a voice of change and influence for others. In January of 2016, I had my first surgery, and I spent most of the year relearning myself with this new tool in place. At the...



OAC Recognizes Childhood Obesity Awareness Month this September

This September marks National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and the OAC is joining the nation’s many communities, health professionals, families and more to actively shed light on the importance of understanding and addressing childhood obesity. Today, one in three children is affected by childhood obesity. In fact, childhood obesity...



My YWM2017 Story: “We Are Never Alone in Our Weight Management Journey”

As a first-time Your Weight Matters National Convention attendee, I was unsure what to expect when I signed-up for the Convention. The unknown of whether or not I would feel welcomed or even experience a sense of belonging. Although many people in my life understand the reason why I...



My YWM2017 Story: Thoughts from the Inside – “You Just Have to be You”

“I really don’t want to go on this trip.” “Who picked New Orleans in August… during hurricane season?” “I have a bad feeling about this.” “I don’t want to get stuck there like I did in Dallas.” The above was my internal AND external dialogue in the week leading...



YWM2017 Coming Together to Educate. Advocate. Celebrate HEALTH!

I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into my first Your Weight Matters National Convention. As many of you had, I heard stories of past Conventions that helped shape what attending one would be like. The stories, however, didn’t prepare me for the overwhelming sense of gratefulness that I...



Can’t We All Just Get Along? John McCain’s Call for Bipartisanship on Healthcare Reform

In the wee hours of Friday morning, July 28th, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) approached the well of the United States Senate to cast a “No” vote against the Republican leadership’s final shot at passing a bill to replace and repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) –...



Take the Next Step on Your Weight Management Journey at the 2017 Your Weight Matters National Convention

Don’t miss your chance to attend the Your Weight Matters National Convention taking place in New Orleans August 10-13! With less than 10 days left to opening night, YWM2017 will offer attendees access to science-based weight management strategies. The Convention offers onsite registration starting at $60/day, or $145 for the full...



The Checklist – Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Bariatric Surgery

The Checklist – Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Bariatric Surgery From the perspective of a dietitian and her patients by Melissa Majumdar, MS, RD, LDN, CPT Bariatric surgery is a great tool to help you manage your weight. But it’s just that – a tool – and takes...



Parenting and Obesity – Tips, Ideas, and Suggestions

Parenting and Obesity – Tips, Ideas, and Suggestions by Natalie-Jean Schiavone, PhD, Being a kid today is hard, but being a parent today is even harder. Let’s face it, when most parents were growing up, cell phones, computers, and social media did not exist. As children, you may have...



3 Uncommon Secrets to Success from a Bariatric Dietitian

3 Uncommon Secrets to Success from a Bariatric Dietitian by Katy Harvey, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD A client came in to my office the other day and said, “I keep eating all the wrong things. Every morning I start with a plan to do it right that day, and then I...



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