#TheReasonIGive: I Believe in the Power of All Our Voices

- By Cassie I. Story, OAC member and educational resources contributor One summer morning nine years ago, I walked laps around the Capital lawn with hundreds of others. The morning sun graced us with its appearance, the smell of fresh cut grass floated through the air, laces were tied...



#TheReasonIGive: Because I am One of the 93 Million Affected by Obesity

- By Debera Gau, OAC member Why do I give to the OAC? Why do I give to the OAC? Before I can answer that, we have to go back – not to 2003 when the OAC story began but to 2001, the start of my story and the...



#TheReasonIGive: So Others Can Live Life to the Fullest

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is a source of support, guidance and understanding for many individuals affected by obesity. It’s an organization dedicated to empowering others and helping them live life to the fullest – no matter their story or how obesity has impacted them. Below, OAC members Jeff...



Giving Back to the OAC this Holiday Season

As we approach the 2018 holiday season, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is humbled to reflect on all of the passion and support our membership has given to us in the last year. As a 501(c) (3) National non-profit organization, we rely on our close-knit community of supporters to...



#OACchat – Speaking up and Speaking out Against Weight Bias

On Monday, October 30th in conjunction with National Obesity Care Week’s Weight Bias Day, the OAC was proud to host its first-ever Tweet Chat about recognizing, addressing and eliminating weight bias in our society. The Tweet Chat was appropriately titled: Changing the Way We Care about Obesity – it...



Changing the Way WE CARE about Obesity: It Starts with Tackling Weight Bias #OACchat

Have you ever cracked a joke – or laughed at someone else’s – about a person with excess weight? Decided not to hire or promote someone because they have obesity? Called someone with obesity a derogatory name? Assumed someone with overweight is just lazy? Seen your child bully another...



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...



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