SHINE with the OAC at the 2014 Your Weight Matters National Convention

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As a member of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), you know first-hand how difficult the journey of weight-loss and weight maintenance can be. The struggles, the misinformation, the gimmicks, the empty promises, the ups and downs, etc. – you get the picture. Two years ago the OAC made the decision to do something about this. We saw a need for a national convention that would provide evidence-based educational information on weight and health, obesity, weight stigma, obesity treatments, exercise, nutrition and more.

In two very short years, the OAC’s Your Weight Matters National Convention has quickly risen as the PREMIER educational event bringing together hundreds of individuals from throughout the United States wanting to learn more about their weight and health, connect with others and experience all that Convention has to offer.

This year, the Your Weight Matters National Convention, “Together We S.H.I.N.E. (Support, Health, Inspiration, Networking and Education),” will be held September 25th – 28th in Orlando, Fla., at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, and we invite you to experience this life-changing event for yourself.

What is the OAC’s Your Weight Matters Convention?
The Your Weight Matters National Convention is YOUR place to learn the tools necessary to manage your weight and improve your health. But we’re not just talking about “tips and tools” here. YWM2014 will offer you the latest evidence-based information from leaders in the healthcare field.

YWM2014 will feature some of the most notable names in the industry, including:

      • Arya Sharma, MD, PhD, FRCPC
      • Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT
      • James O. Hill, PhD
      • Domenica Rubino, MD
      • James Levine, MD, PhD
      • Michelle May, MD

The OAC has secured the most sought-after thought-leaders in the healthcare field to present the most up-to-date information. The Convention Program Agenda Subcommittee spends countless hours developing topics that you care about most. For the Full 2014 Convention Program Agenda, please CLICK HERE.

Convention educational sessions have been described as “Eye-Opening,” “Invaluable,” and “Amazing.” Our speakers will help you understand some of the most complex issues when it comes to weight. We know there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to weight-loss and weight management, and that’s why the OAC wants YOU to join us for this one-of-a-kind 3 day event.

See the Latest Products and Services at the
YWM Healthy Living Expo
YWM2014 will feature a 10,000 square foot exhibit hall with more than 35 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. All Convention exhibitors are vetted through the OAC to ensure that their products and services are of the highest quality, evidence-based and respect you. Having respectful exhibits is extremely important to the OAC. In our Exhibit Hall, you will feel comfortable and not preyed upon by aggressive sales techniques. The Exhibit Hall is a place for you learn more about a wide variety of companies and organizations that exist to help you achieve your health goals. The OAC wants every aspect of Convention to be a welcoming educational resource for you – especially the Healthy Living Expo.

Sit one-on-One with the Experts
YWM2014 will offer you the opportunity to sit one-on-one with the experts you’ve listened to throughout the meeting. Lunch with the Experts, a ticketed event, offers you the chance to sit with experts and enjoy a nutritious lunch while you discuss a certain topic in a small group setting. Lunch with the Experts has quickly become a Convention-favorite among past attendees. Never before have individuals had the chance to talk directly with these experts and ask questions. Since this event is ticketed, seats fill-up fast, so don’t waste any time signing-up for this unique experience.

Connect with Others
Ask any past-Convention attendee or join the Convention Facebook Event , and you will quickly see that Convention is a place to connect with like-minded individuals. Connecting with one another is easy, and the OAC encourages it with our Convention Welcoming Committee. The Convention Welcoming Committee exists to help all attendees, especially first-timers, understand Convention, learn more about all that Convention has to offer and much more! To contact any of the YWM2014 Convention Welcoming Committee members and ask questions, visit www.YWMConvention.com. YWM2014 will be a place where you have the chance to identify with folks who share your struggles, triumphs and questions. From the free exercise classes to the special events, there are so many unique opportunities for you to make new friends and catch-up with old ones too!

WHY IT’S UNIQUE
The OAC’s Annual Convention is Unique because…

      • We offer MORE THAN 50 EDUCATIONAL TOPICS.
      • COMPLIMENTARY GROUP FITNESS CLASSES are offered each day.
      • All meals are labeled with nutrition content to help you stay on track.
      • We give you the rare opportunity to sit one-on-one with the leading healthcare experts.
      • We offer an Affordable Registration Fee, making it easy for you to attend.
      • The entire meeting is a Weight Bias-free Zone, so you feel comfortable.

What’s the Cost?
The OAC takes the cost of attending Convention very seriously. We know that individuals prioritize their spending, and we know you want access to the quality education offered at YWM2014. We’re going to do whatever it takes to make that happen; therefore, we’ve kept the cost low to attend this one-of-a-kind event:

2014 Your Weight Matters National Convention Pricing

Full Event Registration — BEST VALUE!

Full Convention Registration is the best value and designed for attendees who want to take advantage of ALL aspects of the Convention. Full Convention Registration includes: Access to all educational sessions, group fitness classes and the YWM Healthy Living Expo; Convention T-shirt; tote bag; ability to pre-register for an OAC Training Session (Thurs); breakfast on Friday and Saturday; and tickets to Friday night dinner and Saturday night OAC Annual Awards Dinner. Lunch is NOT included.

Early Bird – Ends June 4th

          • $95 Full Convention Registration
          • $135 Full Convention Registration with CE Credits

After June 4th

          • $125 Full Convention Registration
          • $165 Full Convention Registration with CE Credits

One-day Registration

One-day Registration is designed for attendees who want to access the educational sessions but do not wish to take part in meal functions or social events. One-day Registration includes: Access to all educational sessions, group fitness classes and the YWM Healthy Living Expo; Convention T-shirt; tote bag; and the ability to pre-register for an OAC Training Session (Thurs). Meals, Lunch with the Experts and social events are NOT included.

Early Bird – Ends June 4th

          • $30/day Friday and Saturday
          • $50/day Friday and Saturday with CE Credits

After June 4th

          • $40/day Friday and Saturday
          • $60/day Friday and Saturday with CE Credits

Reserve Your Room Today!

Located in the heart of Orlando, Fla. and the number one tourist destination, the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld will offer you luxurious accommodations with an incredible room rate of $109/night. And what better destination to have your family or friends tag along for an unbelievable Convention and access to all Orlando-area attractions.

Your room rate of $109/night includes:

      • Free parking
      • Complimentary WiFi Access in guest rooms
      • Complimentary WiFi Access in meeting rooms for all attendees
      • Complimentary use of onsite fitness facility

Make Your Reservation by Phone:
To reserve your room by phone, please call (800) 468-3571 and use code “OAC” to receive the preferred rate of $109/night.

Make Your Reservation Online:
Visit www.YWMConvention.com and click the “Travel Details” link to make your reservation online. The preferred room rate of $109/night is for single/double occupancy. These rates are effective until the room block closes (or sells out, whichever comes first). Room rates are subject to applicable taxes.

Join Us! - It’s Your Turn to SHINE!
Whether you’ve just taken the first step in managing your weight or you’re a post-bariatric surgery patient looking to learn more about how your weight and health go hand-in-hand and get back on track, YWM2014 is the perfect three-day event to arm you with the evidence-based educational information you need.

We hope you will join us in Orlando, Fla., on September 25-28 for the 2014 Your Weight Matters National Convention – because ONLY TOGETHER, WILL WE SHINE.



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