Internalize LOVE, Not Bias!

During the month of February, messages of love surround us everywhere we look. When most of us think about love, we think about special relationships with other people – but what about the importance of loving and appreciating ourselves? For many people affected by obesity, self-love and self-care can...



New Year, New You Resolutions

Welcome to 2018! It’s a new year and that means it’s also a time for setting New Year’s resolutions. Whether your resolution is about improving your nutrition, fitness or overall health, we have the article that you may be looking for to keep you on track! Check out these...



Eating and the Holidays

by Sandra Silbermann, LCSW-C                                                                                        Holidays and food. They come together, like it or not. There are several family and friend get-togethers, work parties, neighborhood celebrations, tempting goodies in the stores and depending on your living situation, goodies at home. Good tasting food seems to be everywhere you turn. Some...



#TheReasonIGive – Because Many Don’t See the Hard Work Done by The OAC Daily

by Holly F. Lofton, MD I give to the OAC because this group is so close to my heart for many reasons. From creating a comfortable community for those affected by obesity, to marching to Capitol Hill to advocate for equality and access to treatments, the OAC continues to...



#TheReasonIGive – I Have Witnessed the Creation of a Supportive Tribe within the OAC

by Tracy Martinez, RN, BSN, CBN I have spent most of my nursing career working in surgical treatment for obesity as a bariatric nurse. Although I immediately found the specialty professionally gratifying, I was often appalled by the discrimination my patients endured because of their obesity. Once, a patient...



#TheReasonIGive – Because We Need More Obesity Education

by Christopher Still, DO, FACP, FTOS Medical Director, Center for Nutrition & Weight Management Director, Geisinger Obesity Institute  Why Do I Give Back to the OAC? Obesity is a disease that is still largely misunderstood by the public. In fact, many people don’t even recognize it as a disease....



#TheReasonIGive: I Don’t Want Any Other Person Affected by Obesity to Feel Alone

by Patty Nece, JD, OAC Board Member A few years ago, Dr. Scott Kahan, my obesity specialist, asked me to attend two roundtables being held by the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance. One was about helping primary care physicians treat people for obesity and the other...



#TheReasonIGive: Because there is More Work to Do

by Sarah Muntel, OAC Member and Bariatric Coordinator I gladly spend many hours each year donating my time to working with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). I frequently write for the OAC’s Your Weight Matters Magazine and Your Weight Matters Blog – hoping to inspire those on their weight loss...



#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...



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