Your Voice through Membership – It WILL be Heard!

I love this time of the year. Not only is it a time to slow down a bit and enjoy spending time at home with family and friends, it’s a time to reflect on the year that has all too quickly passed. I enjoy remembering the triumphs from the...



Advocacy: The Voice on Behalf of Those Affected by Obesity

It was just a little over eight years ago when a legislator stood up at a meeting on obesity and asked the question, “Who represents those who are affected by obesity? I hear every day from public health officials, healthcare providers and others about obesity but I’ve never heard...



Voices Coming Together – In-person!

In thinking about the success of the OAC in 2012, we must highlight the Inaugural Your Weight Matters Convention. Though a recent success, the framework for the Convention has really been building for the past seven and a half years. But, 2012 was THE year that this dream of...



Making Friends and Connecting People – OAC Partnerships

OAC recognizes that creating a world where those who are affected by obesity are viewed with compassion, granted access to treatment when needed and desired, and live in an environment free from stigma and discrimination is a long and arduous battle that we cannot fight alone.  Partnering with like-minded...



Weight Bias – The Voices that are Not Always Heard

As the beginning of my second term as chairman of the OAC quickly approaches, I cannot help but reflect on this past year and our successes. One of the main goals of the OAC and my personal passion is to change the public perception of the disease of obesity...



NEW 2-WEEK BLOG SERIES:

Taking a Look back – Why Every Voice MUST be Heard As we reach the final days of 2012 and prepare to bring in a new year, it is natural to reflect upon the events and successes of the past year. Here at the OAC, we celebrate the end...



National Bullying Prevention Month

I bet every one of you reading this knows a bully. I’m pretty sure each of you probably either experienced bullying first hand as a child or adolescent or you were witness to bullying behaviors in others. You may have even been the bully, but let’s hope not.  This...



Controversies in Obesity – Ban or Educate

(Please note: The opinions expressed in this blog post are not those of the OAC and its leadership. The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the author.) This past week I attended The Obesity Society’s (TOS) annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. For those of...



Weight Bias in Healthcare

When we’re sick, we go to the doctor. When we need medical assistance, we go to the doctor. When we’re concerned about our weight, we go to the doctor, but they won’t treat us – wait, what did I just say? You read that correctly. At least that’s what...



24 Hours in Dallas, Texas

This past week my co-workers and I had the pleasure of visiting the Your Weight Matters Inaugural Convention host hotel – the Hilton Anatole. Let me start off by saying that I’ve traveled to quite a few places for the OAC throughout the past seven years and this property...



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