Ted Kyle, RPh, Receives AwardPosted in: Advocacy, Weight Bias
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Healthcare Advocate Ted Kyle Awarded Obesity Society Honor for Work to Fund Research, Find Treatments
San Antonio, Tx. — September 20, 2012 – Upper St. Clair resident Ted Kyle, RPh, was honored today by The Obesity Society with the 2012 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service, recognizing his contribution to the field of obesity. Previous winners include President Bill Clinton and USA Today writer Nanci Hellmich.
The award, which recognizes an individual or organization whose work has significantly improved the lives of those affected by obesity, whether through research, public policy, patient care, or other means, was announced tonight at the opening session of The Obesity Society Meeting. The meeting is taking place in San Antonio through September 24. The Obesity Society is the leading North American professional and scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. The award carries with it a $1,000 prize.
Kyle works on causes related to treating and preventing obesity, including fighting weight bias, encouraging health plans to cover obesity treatments, pressing for more research into the causes of obesity and working with the FDA to find ways to improve the review process for new treatments. For the past two years he has headed the Advocacy Committee of the Obesity Society. In addition, he is on the steering committee of STOP Obesity Alliance and a board member of the Obesity Action Coalition. He devotes half his time to pro bono work for obesity.
“Ted Kyle has been a tireless and effective advocate for people with obesity for many years,” said Patrick O’Neil, PhD, president of The Obesity Society, in the nomination he wrote with Rebecca Puhl, PhD. According to Kyle, his work is not over: “People need access to evidence-based obesity treatments, and until that happens, the need for advocacy will not end.”
Ted Kyle, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, lives in Upper St. Clair, Pa. He is principal and founder at ConscienHealth, an organization dedicated to advancing sound approaches to health and obesity.