Letter Writing Week – Why You Should Write Your Own Letters Today

One of the most important aspects of the OAC’s core mission and goals is to encourage and empower our members and all individuals affected by obesity to advocate for themselves. It is wonderful when we can represent those affected by obesity, but it is far more powerful when we...



Letter Writing Week: An Open Letter to the Louisiana Health Plans Association

Two-thirds, or 68 percent of Americans are affected by excess weight, and more than one-third (35 percent) are affected by obesity. This number is only continuing to rise. As many as 65 percent of American adults are recommended for bariatric treatment, but often times these treatments aren’t being covered...



Letter Writing Week – Sharing Our Personal Journeys with Legislators

The voice of individuals affected by excess weight and obesity is an important one in educating the public about the need for obesity care and treatment. It’s the journeys, testimonies and various walks of life these individuals’ experience that help people understand where they’re coming from, and provides a...



Letter Writing Week – Writing for Healthcare Free of Weight Bias

Michelle Vicari Weight bias and stigma affects numerous individuals affected by excess weight and obesity, and it plays a role in their everyday life — even in visits to their healthcare provider. One of the goals of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is to eliminate negative stigma associated with...



Letter Writing Week – The Impact Advocacy Can Make

The OAC visited Capitol Hill last Friday to meet with legislators to spread the word about the importance of obesity care and treatment. Numerous OAC National Board of Directors members and OAC staff members visited 20 U.S. Senators’ offices to educate on obesity treatments, and the importance of legislation...



OAC’s 2015 Year in Review

The year 2015 was one filled with exciting work and progress for the OAC. Throughout the year, we were able to continue our mission of education, advocacy and support in many ways, such as providing the RIGHT education to the public, advocating for access to obesity care and treatment...



Give2OAC: Support the OAC’s Advocacy Efforts

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) has worked on a number of efforts this year to improve access to the treatments of obesity. We’ve conducted hundreds of legislative visits across the country, both in Washington, DC and at the state capitol level. These primarily have revolved around improving coverage under...



Why Giving to the OAC is Something I Must Do

I was raised, in part, by my grandfather, who was a very strict Catholic. He went to church many times a week, prayed all the time and never ate meat on Fridays. I learned a lot from him. His philosophy was that he was put here to be an...



Why I Give – OAC Members Give Back by Spreading the Word on Weight Bias and Stigma

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) tackles numerous issues in the field of obesity, and one of these issues is weight bias and stigma. Weight stigma plays a role in everyday life, and remains a socially acceptable form of prejudice in American society that is rarely challenged. To combat this,...



Why We Give – How Organizations Show their Support for the OAC

There’s numerous ways to support the causes you care about, and sometimes that effort isn’t just made on an individual level. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is greatly supported by our numerous members and supporters and even by various organizations, practices and companies in the field of obesity as...



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