Get to Know Us – Dr. Jacques
10 Questions with Jacqueline Jacques, ND, OAC Board Member
1. How did you become involved with the OAC?
I think it’s been so long that it’s not fair for me to have to remember this! Actually, I started out on the advisory board and writing for the newsletter before there was Your Weight Matters Magazine. That might have been 2005 or 2006.
2. Have you personally dealt with obesity, and if so, how has it impacted your life?
Most directly in my career. I trained in medical nutrition, but when I went into private practice in the 1990s it immediately struck me that I really had no idea how to treat overweight or obesity. I was working in a pain clinic at the time and many of our patients struggled with weight – in some cases it was a partial cause, in others a result of their pain. In any case, it was the one thing that for many stood between them and a much better quality of life. So I had to go out and learn much more about obesity and how to treat it. We had very few resources then! It sort of set me on my professional path – and there has been so much to learn I have never looked back.
3. What is your favorite part about being a board member of the OAC?
Feeling like I get to do something that helps people in a real, tangible way. And I get to work with a very inspiring group of individuals with many common goals.
4. Why is the OAC valuable in advocating for obesity awareness?
Before the OAC started actively advocating around obesity awareness, no one was truly representing the voice of those affected by obesity. It’s truly taken the better part of 10 years to gain momentum around this. I can only imagine that if we had not started the effort when we did that we would be much further behind today.
5. What is one goal that you want to accomplish as a board member?
I want to see us have 10 times the members we have today. That may not happen in my board term, but I want to see that for the organization.
6. What is your favorite film?
Hmmmm. Toss up between The Fifth Element and The Princess Bride.
7. What is your fondest memory from this past year?
I took three months sabbatical from work. It was outstanding. It was like having a long refreshing nap from life.
8. If you could’ve had any career other than your current one, what would it have been?
I really didn’t plan my career as it is, so it’s hard to know. I wanted to be an English professor at one time. And an astronaut. I’d like to own a winery.
9. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Unfair question. I truly love to travel for the sake of it. I like any trip where I get to see new things, meet new places, have new experiences and preferably am there to really vacation and not work.
10. What is your most prized possession?
My children. OK, perhaps I don’t actually “possess” them…next to my children, maybe some of the antique science and medical books I have or my signed Teemu Selane hockey puck. If we based it on use, I’d have to say my Nespresso coffee machine. Can’t live without that at the moment.
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