Obesity Action Alert – January 2018
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OAC Welcomes Michelle Vicari as New Board Chairwoman for 2018

The OAC is honored to welcome Michelle Vicari as Chairwoman of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). Ms. Vicari has been a long time member of the OAC and recipient of the distinguished OAC Chairman’s Award in 2016 for her exemplary service as an OAC National Board of Directors member since 2013.

Ms. Vicari, better known as “Eggface” from her highly successful blog, The World According to Eggface, is a bariatric surgery patient and strong advocate for those affected by obesity. She has played an instrumental role in the development of the OAC’s Your Weight Matters Annual Convention by serving as Chair of the Convention Planning Committee since 2015

“I am very excited to accept the role of Chairwoman of the OAC National Board. The OAC has tremendously helped me in my weight-loss journey and to be able to now help the organization grow even more and give back to it is an incredible honor,” said Michelle Vicari, OAC Chairwoman.

Ms. Vicari’s passion for the cause is only surpassed by her warmth and energy for those dealing with obesity. In her role as Convention Planning Committee Chair, she can often be found sitting one-on-one with Convention attendees engaging with them and listening to their victories, struggles, needs and more. “The OAC holds such as special place in my heart for so many reasons, but I think the biggest reason is the ability to connect with real people and see the OAC community form throughout time,” said Vicari.

“The OAC National Board, staff and our members are very much looking forward to Michelle’s Chairwomanship. She has a very unique way of identifying with all of our members, regardless of where they’re at in their journey with weight and health. The OAC has a lot of new and exciting things that we’ll unveil in 2018 for not only our members, but anyone dealing with obesity. We are very excited to have Michelle leading the charge,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

For 2018, the OAC would also like to welcome Sunil Daniel, MD, FTOS, to the OAC National Board of Directors. Dr. Daniel is a board-certified obesity medicine physician with fellowship training in clinical nutrition and obesity management. He is a fellow of The Obesity Society and has authored several scientific papers on obesity and its medical management. He also serves as co-chair of the OAC Education Committee and is a frequent author for the OAC’s quarterly publication, Your Weight Matters Magazine.

The remaining OAC National Board of Directors are as follows: Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, Immediate-past Chairwoman; Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, Treasurer; Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN; Sarah Bramblette, MSHL; Sunil Daniel, MD; FTOS; Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBA; Jaime Fivecoat, MBA; Scott Kahan, MD; Tracy Martinez, RN, BSN, CBN; Nikki Massie, MA; Walter Medlin, MD, FACS; Patty Nece, JD; Rob Portinga and Melinda J. Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA.

For more information on the OAC National Board of Directors, please  click here!

Happy New Year from the OAC!

As we begin 2018, the OAC is excited to continue fighting for individuals affected by the disease of obesity. With the help and support of our members, we were able to accomplish so much. In 2017, our advocacy efforts fought to improve the access to care for those affected by obesity, we gained additional support by adding co-sponsors to the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). We have updated and shared our resources with individuals to give the latest information on treatment options.

With a promising new year ahead of us, the OAC looks forward to all of the great things in store for our members and supporters in 2018. So, join us for an exciting year ahead!

If you are interested in renewing your membership or joining the OAC, please click here.

Addressing Weight Stigma and Opening Doors for a Patient-Centered Approach to Childhood Obesity 

weight bias chalkboard photoObesity Action Coalition (OAC) President/CEO Joe Nadglowski along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Obesity Society released a joint policy statement regarding weight stigma in youth. This statement is groundbreaking because the stigma experienced by children with obesity and their parents is among the most important factors limiting progress in efforts to reduce the health burden of obesity.

Official statement: Obesity and excess weight are among the most common reasons for youth to become targets for bullying, and anti-bullying policies usually don’t address weight-based bullying. Some campaigns intended to raise awareness of childhood obesity have used stigmatizing images and messages. Several parents and youth have objected to school-based weight screening because it can discriminate against the youth living with obesity.

This is why the new policy statement is crucial, and provides a detailed description of the harm to youth caused by weight stigma. It leads to worse health outcomes and increases the probability that children with excess weight or obesity will become adults with obesity.

The good news in all of this is that health professionals and pediatricians can offer leadership. The first step is to offer respectful, patient-centered care, free from bias and stigma.

If you would like to report any weight bias issues that you’ve faced, please click here.

Follow the OAC on Social Media!

Follow Us on Social Media!Are you looking to stay up-to-date on all of the exciting news and announcements that are in store for 2018? Then we encourage you to like us on each of our social media platforms today!

Once you begin following the OAC on social media, you will be in the know for the latest information, key dates, advocacy efforts, important initiatives, relevant articles, upcoming events and so much more! By following the OAC on social media, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the important work we do, engage with others and discover new ways of raising your voice to help us make a difference for the cause of obesity.

To connect with us on social media, simply “like” or “follow” the Obesity Action Coalition, tune-in to our daily updates and reach out to us! Our platforms are as follows:

We look forward to connecting and sharing with you as we begin the New Year together!

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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