Get to Know Us – Michelle Vicari

10 Questions with Michelle Vicari 1. How did you become involved with the OAC? Several years ago I stumbled on the Obesity Action Coalition’s Web site and was thrilled at the amount of information and resources that were provided. I spent about two hours reading that day and signed-up...



Healthy Expectations

“Magic Pill,” “No Diet and Exercise required,” “Nature’s Secret”….Enough already! There is no magic pill, and nature does not have a secret that it’s keeping from you! Throughout the years, our culture has been conditioned by deceptive advertising to believe that losing large amounts of weight can and should...



10 Questions with Pam Davis

As Director of Communications for the OAC, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people. In 2006, in the early-days of the OAC, I had the opportunity to meet Pam Davis. Well, I met her via email. She had just joined the OAC and wanted to get more...



Bariatric Patients & Emergency Rooms: Taking Control of Your Care

In my last blog post, I went over some pretty scary experiences that bariatric post-ops have had when they’ve sought treatment at emergency rooms or urgent care centers. It might surprise you to know that there are some very easy ways bariatric patients can think ahead to help ensure...



Bariatric Patients & Emergency Rooms: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

I know the title of this blog post sounds alarmist, but a few months ago my friend Pam told me a disturbing story. Pam is six years post-op gastric bypass. Her mother and sister have also had bariatric surgery. A few months ago, Pam’s mother brought her sister to...



Three Reasons Some Longer-term Post-Ops Don’t Attend Surgical Support Group

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 the first part of this blog series, I expressed the sentiment that I...



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...



Exercise – YES YOU CAN!

Disclaimer: Before starting any exercise program, please consult with your healthcare provider. Club/Fitness Membership not possible? Set up a play room at home! We all know that exercise/fitness is important and even more so when we are just starting out with our exercise routine. In this blog series, I...



Charging by the Pound

Warning: Sarcasm ahead - A recent news article was sent to me today that discussed a Samoan airline, which will now charge passengers by the pound. The article, titled “A Samoan Airline Now Charges Passengers by Body Weight,” discusses how Samoa Air will now charge its passengers based on body...



Changing Perception with the OAC Mission: One Mind at a Time

As I reflect on my time spent representing the OAC at various conferences, meetings and in other public forums, I feel many different emotions: The joy of seeing people’s eyes light up when they learn that we are truly here for them to help them find a better, healthier...



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