Individuals Across the U.S. Support the 3rd Annual National Obesity Care Week to Help Change the Way We Care About Obesity

For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2017

For More Information:
James Zervios
OAC VP of Marketing and Communications
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Individuals Across the U.S. Support the 3rd Annual National Obesity Care Week
to Help Change the Way We Care about Obesity

Tampa, Fla. – November 4th, 2017 marked the end of another successful National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), a national campaign aimed to change the way we care about obesity by creating a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity and values science-based care, with upwards of 1,500 individuals from throughout the United States pledging to change the way they care about the disease of obesity through the campaign’s Take 5 Pledge.

During the week, individuals had the opportunity to help raise awareness of obesity, the need for access to science-based care, important legislation, weight bias and much more. NOCW was held during ObesityWeekSM 2017 in Washington, DC, and welcomed more than 50 advocates on Capitol Hill to gain support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) and the NOCW resolution. The 70 legislative visits helped to add 12 co-sponsors to TROA, which now has the support of 139 legislators combined in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. The Senate also joined Washington, DC, Mayor, Muriel Bowser, in voting in favor of the NOCW resolution recognizing October 29th – November 4th, 2017 as “National Obesity Care Week.”

“We are overwhelmed by the support we received for NOCW, from those who pledged to change the way that they care about obesity to those who supported valuable legislation such as the 2017 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. We simply cannot afford to ignore this national health epidemic, and are extremely grateful for the support of all our Partners and Champions who helped to make this year successful,” said Joe Nadglowski, Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) President and CEO.

The 2017 NOCW would not have been possible without the support of our official NOCW Partners. NOCW would like to recognize all of the valuable Partners of the 2017 NOCW: Diamond – Novo Nordisk; Bronze – Ethicon; Leavitt Risk Partners; Patron – Medtronic and Weight Watchers.

This year’s NOCW was also very fortunate to have the support of more than 40 Champion organizations: Founding Champions – The OAC, The Obesity Society, The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance. Additional Champions include – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; American Academy of Physician Assistants; American Association of Nurse Practitioners; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American College of Osteopathic Internists; American College of Preventive Medicine; American Gastroenterological Association; American Medical Group Association; American Medical Women’s Association; American Society for Nutrition; American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition; Asian Pacific Community in Action; Association of Family Practice PAs and NPs; Bariatric Pal; CHI Memorial’s Metabolic and Bariatric Care; ConscienHealth; Council for Diabetes Prevention; Healthcare Leadership Council; European Association for the Study of Obesity; Health Happens Everywhere; Livliga; LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research; National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians; New York Institute of Technology – College of Osteopathic Medicine; Obesity Care Advocacy Network; Obesity Medicine Association; Osteoarthritis Action Alliance; PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association; Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity; Society of Behavioral Medicine; Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine; and The Endocrine Society.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of all our Partners and Champions. It will take a nationwide effort to effectively address the disease of obesity. Without our supporters, NOCW would not be possible,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

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The Mission of NOCW is to advance an evidence-based understanding of obesity and widespread access to respectful, comprehensive and appropriate care. NOCW 2017 takes place during ObesityWeekSM2017, an international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity. Launched in 2015, NOCW is founded by The Obesity Society, the Obesity Action Coalition, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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