Diets – They’re Complicated.

You would never think that writing three blog posts about diet would be hard. Especially since this is more or less my profession, and I am rarely at a loss for words when it comes to talking about nutrition. But when you get right down to it, diet –...



The Dynamics of Surgical Support Group from a Longer-term Patient Perspective

Disclaimer: This blog post does not reflect the views of the OAC, the National Board of Directors or staff. Information contained in this blog post is not based on scientific research and has not been validated.  In my last blog post, I told you that I, as a longer-term...



The Life-long Journey – Bringing Long-term Bariatric Post-ops back to Surgical Support Group

My name is Nikki Massie, and as I write this, I am five years, eight months and 18 days post-op from gastric bypass surgery. And because I know that this information is customarily paired with success statistics, I have the following to offer: The day I walked into St....



The Paleolithic Diet

Here is the basic question: “Would you be healthier (or fitter or thinner) if you ate like a cave man?” Sometimes called the “Paleo” or “”Primal” diet, this concept actually emerged in the 1970s but has gained popular momentum today as the trend of high-protein/low carb continues and the...



Exercise – YES YOU CAN! Part III

Welcome to part three; last month I focused on months four – six and ramping up your movement and play time!  We now continue… Disclaimer: Before starting any exercise program, please consult with your healthcare provider. Months Seven – Nine (and beyond) - First thing to do is figure out...



The Long View: Nutrition for the Rest of Your Life

*Please Note: The OAC Blog is not a substitute for medical advice. If you have any questions regarding the information in this blog series, please be sure to speak with a healthcare professional regarding your concerns. For many of us, the thought of doing anything for the rest of...



Bariatric Surgery – Supplements, Vitamins and More!

*Please Note: The OAC Blog is not a substitute for medical advice. If you have any questions regarding the information in this blog series, please be sure to speak with a healthcare professional regarding your concerns. The decision to have bariatric surgery is a life-changing one. After surgery, there...



NEW BLOG SERIES DEBUTING JULY 15 – Bariatric Surgery – Supplements, Vitamins, Nutrients and More!

Making the decision to have bariatric surgery is often a difficult one as there are many things to consider. Even more difficult at times can be which type of surgery to have. This is a conversation that should take place between you, your bariatric surgeon and your family. Once...



The Conversation of Weight – It’s Important

Throughout the past few weeks, the OAC has released two new programs designed to help facilitate the conversation of weight between an individual and their healthcare provider: Your Weight Matters Campaign “Excess Weight and Your Health – A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight-loss” DVD & Guidebook Far too often...



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...



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