Get to Know Us – Joe Nadglowski
1. How did you become involved with the OAC?
So I’ve had the privilege of being at the OAC since nearly the very beginning. It was the three people (Robin Blackstone, MD; Chris Still, DO; and Georgeann Mallory, RD) who heard a legislator say that a patient advocacy organization was needed that hired me to create and run the organization. It’s been amazing how much we’ve grown throughout the last nine years.
2. Have you personally dealt with obesity, and if so, how has it impacted your life?
Like most members of my family, I struggle with my weight. In fact, the concept for the Your Weight Matters Campaign, which encourages people to talk to their doctor about their weight, was based upon my own challenges in engaging my doctor about my obesity.
3. What is your favorite part about being a staff member of the OAC?
Knowing that everyday I get a chance to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Our supporters and members inspire me everyday.
4. Why is the OAC valuable in advocating for obesity awareness?
I think it is the unique perspective of the individual affected. Recently, I was at an FDA hearing on a new obesity treatment. The focus of the meeting was data and statistics until a group of brave individuals who experienced the new treatment shared the impact, beyond what can be shown in a data chart or PowerPoint, it had on their lives. I think it’s that perspective that truly makes the OAC needed and valuable.
5. What is one major goal that you want to accomplish as a staff member?
My goal is a big one. If an individual wakes up today and says today is the day they want to do something about their obesity, I want them to have access to all the evidence-based treatments they need and the support necessary to be successful.
6. What is your favorite film?
So I’m more of a book rather than movie guy. With that being said, my wife would insist my favorite movie was “Gladiator” as she says any time I happen to flip by it on television, I end up watching it. “My Name is Maximus Desmous….”
7. What is your fondest memory from this past year?
I think it had to be a trip my wife, son and I took to Japan to visit my sister-in-law and her family. Amazing to get to see an entirely different culture. Will never forget how crowded their trains were but also how amazingly quiet they were. No cell phone talking, no devices beeping, no noise at all.
8. If you could’ve had any career other than your current one, what would it have been?
So I majored in Microbiology and Cell Science so I’d think scientist as it was something I seriously considered while in College.
9. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I think this would be a tie between spots in Utah, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
10. What is your most prized possession?
My wife and son would probably say it would be my iPhone as I’m constantly glued to it. I guess it is truly “like father, like son” as my son is starting to develop the same habit.
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