Inaugural YWM Convention: Exceeding Expectations in Every Area

Last year at this time, your OAC Board was nervously planning the inaugural YWM convention and wondering – “Will anyone attend?” “Will anyone ‘invest’ in attending our first time event?” “How will the attendees like our agenda?” “Will the speakers be able to meet the challenging needs of our...



One Person Can Make a Difference

On this site, we speak often of advocacy. We ask you to be an advocate, we train you to be an advocate, we provide opportunities for you to be an advocate, but I bet the majority of you are sitting home reading this and first thinking….”another advocacy blog? Ugh.”...



What’s Coming in 2013

In December, we took a look back at the activities and accomplishments of the OAC and our members during 2012.  Now as we start a new year, I thought I would share some of OAC’s plans moving forward into 2013 as well as some of the opportunities and challenges...



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...



Healthcare Reform and Obesity

In case you missed the news last week, and frankly I’m not sure how you could have with the wall-to-wall coverage, the Supreme Court upheld the vast majority of the constitutionality of healthcare reform often called “Obamacare” by its opponents. With the law standing for now (further legislative challenges...



I am an advocate. Are you?

What does it mean to be an advocate? As an OAC member, I am often asked this. Being an advocate means having a voice and using it. In the world of obesity, using your voice is so very important, because if you have the self-confidence, you will be speaking...




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