Sticking With Your Aerobic Routine Long-Term

Lets face it, for most of us, it may already be a challenge to have any kind of exercise routine, let alone stick with a consistent workout schedule amidst the demands of life. Between family, work, traveling or vacationing, life can sometimes make it difficult to maintain our ideal...



How to Get Started with Your Aerobic Routine

First of all, give yourself a pat on the back for thinking and moving toward better health by looking for credible information! One of the most challenging parts of exercise is knowing where and how to begin. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information available to you to help...



Fat-shaming – It Needs to Stop!

In the late ‘90s the female lead character in the sitcom “Hearts Afire” was asked by Cosmo to do an article on what it was like to be fat. The character put on a fat suit to experience how fat people were treated and as you might guess, it...



Why is aerobic activity important in maintaining weight-loss and health?

In my mind, the question should be asked this way; ‘Why ISN’T aerobic activity important?’ The reasons why aerobic exercise matters are too many to list, let alone read in one sitting. Not only is aerobic activity extremely beneficial to the entire metabolic and muscular systems within the body,...



Empowering Yourself to Talk to Your Provider about Stigma

My previous posts (Post 1 & Post 2) explained how obesity stigma appears in healthcare, even for children, and how to prepare to talk to your child’s doctor about weight. One of the next things to consider is how to talk to your child’s providers about weight stigma. Patients...



Preparing for the Discussion of Weight with Your Child’s Healthcare Provider

My last post talked about how doctors often stigmatize patients based on their weight. Whether or not your child is affected by obesity, you should be prepared to discuss weight, activity and nutrition when you visit your child’s doctor. It is difficult for parents to look at a child...



YWM2014 – September 25 – 28, 2014 – Orlando, FL

The OAC’s 3rd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention is less than two months away, and the OAC staff is counting down the days until we see some familiar faces and many new faces joining us for what promises to be the best YWM Convention yet! There are many...



Stigma in Children’s Healthcare

I was talking with one of my public health students, the mother of an eight-year-old, when she told me that she was worried about taking her little girl to the doctor. She was embarrassed because she knew the doctor was going to tell her that her child was “overweight.”...



Convention Scholarship Program

The Obesity Action Coalition’s decision to take on the Your Weight Matters Convention to give our members an in-person, top-notch education experience is one of the greatest endeavors I have ever had the pleasure of being involved. It was a few days into my tenure on the National Board...



Get to Know Us

Thank you to all of you who viewed each of our Get to Know Us blog entries. The OAC National Board of Directors and staff greatly enjoyed the chance to give you an inside-look at how we all became involved with the OAC and share some personal moments as...



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