Obesity Action Alert – August 2017
YWM2017 Set to Begin in Less than 10 Days!

Don’t miss your chance to attend the Your Weight Matters National Convention taking place in New Orleans August 10-13! YWM2017 will offer attendees access to science-based weight management strategies, and bring together individuals just like you from around the country for a weekend dedicated to supporting and guiding others along their unique journeys. The Convention offers onsite registration starting at $60/day, or $145 for the full Convention experience. The Convention also offers an opportunity for health professionals who want to learn alongside patients and earn up-to 18 CE credits for $85/day.

Why Attend YWM2017?

    • World-class education on diverse topics from our Program Agenda
    • Renowned doctors, researchers, scientists and other experts from across the Nation
    • A welcoming community filled with individuals who have shared experiences
    • The chance to try something new in a supportive, encouraging environmen
    • Products, services and samples from our YWM Healthy Living EXPO Hall

If you would like more information regarding the YWM2017, please click here.

weight bias chalkboard photoWeight Bias – Have you Experienced It?

Weight bias, stigma, and discrimination are no longer unique issues, and becoming more common in our society. Media can negatively shame those affected by obesity by using headless imagery, or not using People-First Language when talking about obesity. Employers can pass over a candidate for a job or promotion simply based on their weight. Healthcare providers can ignore symptoms from someone who is affected by obesity, and attribute the problem to their weight, which can lead to missed diagnoses. Some policy makers who believe weight is all a matter of personal responsibility and willpower refuse to take actions that would improve access to obesity care.

The discrimination can take a negative toll on anyone, both negatively and physically. That’s why the OAC fights actively against any weight bias issue- whether it is from an employer, healthcare provider, or policy maker. If you feel like you’ve experienced a weight bias issue, please click here to report it.

We Need Your Support Now to Pass the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act!

With the recent efforts of Congress to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act, we need your help to pass the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). If passed, TROA would provide Medicare beneficiaries and their healthcare providers with tools to reduce obesity by improving access to weight-loss counseling and prescription medications for chronic weight management.

This important piece of legislation is important to everyone because many private and employer-based insurance plans base their coverage on matching Medicare coverage.

Currently there are 95 co-sponsors on the House side and 7 on the senate side, and you can support TROA’s passage by urging both of your Senators as well as your House of Representatives member to co-sponsor and support this critical legislation. The OAC makes it easy to contact your legislative officials when you visit the OAC’s Legislative Action Center. You can even include your own personal story to help them better understand the need for expanding access to these critical obesity treatment tools! To visit the OAC’s Legislative Action Center, please click here.

OAC Welcomes BAROnova®, to the Chairman’s Council

The OAC is pleased to welcome our newest member to the Chairman’s Council: BAROnova® Inc. BAROnova® has chosen to support the OAC at the Patron level!

BAROnova® is a medical-device company targeting the development of non-surgical non-pharmacologic devices to help individuals with weight-loss. BAROnova® is committed to the treatment of obesity, and we are incredibly grateful and excited to welcome their support.

The OAC appreciates the wonderful support that we receive from each of our Chairman’s Council members! We welcome any individual, organization or company who has an interest in advancing the cause of obesity to join and make a difference through our OAC Chairman’s Council. To discover more about the benefits and to join the OAC’s highest level of membership, please click here.

Support the Cause of Obesity Awareness – Join the OAC Today!

Are you a member of the OAC? The Obesity Action Alert is provided as a free benefit to all of our OAC members and supporters. If you’re looking to support our work and stay tuned to all that the OAC is doing, the best way is to become a member! OAC members receive many benefits – including the members-only e-newsletter, OAC Members Make a Difference, alerts about our weight bias and advocacy activities, a printed yearly subscription to Your Weight Matters Magazine and so much more!

The OAC is the voice for 93 million Americans affected by obesity, and only with the strong support of our membership are we able to make an impact. There is strength in numbers, and by adding your voice to the OAC, you are making a difference to advance the cause of obesity!

To join or renew your membership today, please click here.

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