Obesity Action Alert – December 2017
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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
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.
If you are interested in learning more about NOCW, please click here!
Happy Holidays from the OAC
With the holiday season in full swing, I want to take a moment to thank you for your continued support and for standing up in 2017 on behalf of the more than 93 million Americans affected by obesity.
We couldn’t have done it without you! As the New Year approaches, the OAC will continue to elevate and empower individuals through education, advocacy and support. I know you’ll be by our side.
I also know that the holidays are a busy time of year, and many other organizations are requesting your support and generosity at this time – but we hope you don’t forget about the OAC.
As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely on the generous contribution of our membership and supporters to fuel our mission and make each of our specific goals possible to reach. Will you consider making a charitable donation to the OAC and join us as we work hard to improve access to care, fight weight bias and change lives?
If you would like to show your support of the OAC’s mission by making a charitable donation today, please click here. No matter the size of your contribution, your donation will help us make an impact on individuals affected by obesity now and throughout the upcoming year. On behalf of the OAC, I wish you a happy, healthy holiday season!
THANK YOU to All of Our 2017 Your Weight Matters Magazine Advertisers!
Each quarter, the OAC produces and distributes one of its most popular educational resources – Your Weight Matters Magazine. As a special membership benefit with more than 58,000 recipients, the publication is geared toward providing a wide variety of education and advocacy information to individuals affected by obesity and/or who are seeking resources for their journey with weight and health.
As the end of the year draws closer, we like to take this time to reflect on all of the support and contributions that make the continuous work of the OAC possible. So, we’d like to give a special THANK YOU to some of our biggest supporters – each of our 2017 Your Weight Matters Magazine Advertisers!
OAC Welcomes Weight & Life MD LLC®, to the Chairman’s Council
The OAC is pleased to welcome our newest member to the Chairman’s Council: Weight & Life MD LLC®. Weight & Life MD LLC® has chosen to support the OAC at the Patron level!
Weight & Life MD LLC® is a clinic dedicated to the prevention and treatment of obesity and its related conditions. Weight & Life MD LLC® offers evidence-based medical weight management options to help individuals attain and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. They also strive to deliver comprehensive and personalized treatments in an environment that is compassionate and free of weight bias.
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.