Obesity Action Alert – March 2017
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Feature Story: Registration Opens March 15 for the 2017 Your Weight Matters National Convention!

As plans for the OAC’s 6th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention continue to develop, we are pleased to announce that Event Registration will officially open on Wednesday, March 15!

The 2017 Convention will take place August 10-13 in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, where individuals from across the country with an interest in weight and health-related topics will join together for unparalleled education, resources and tools to take home with them. With more than 50+ educational topics presented by the Nation’s leading experts on weight and health, the Convention is dedicated to presenting evidence-based information that individuals can trust – all while in a supportive, community-centered environment.

As part of the OAC’s Early-bird savings period, we will be offering discounted rates to early registrants of the 2017 Convention. These special rates include:

      • Single-day Registrations starting at just $40/day – grants access to education sessions, the Your Weight Matters Healthy Living EXPO and group exercise classes
      • Full Convention Registration at $95 – grants access to main education sessions, the Your Weight Matters Healthy Living EXPO, group exercises classes, evening social events and much more

In addition to these benefits, the National Convention will once again offer CE (Continuing Education) credits for nurses and some health professionals. These credits are also eligible for our special Early-bird rates, so we encourage interested health professionals to take advantage of this limited-time discount registration period.

For more information on the opening of Event Registration, as well as Convention registration pricing, please CLICK HERE.

You can also sign-up for Convention E-news alerts and be the first to know any new updates and information regarding the 2017 Convention by CLICKING HERE.

Details on the OAC’s Convention Scholarship Program Now Available

With the release date for the opening of Convention Registration, we are also pleased to share that the application process for the OAC’s Convention Scholarship Program opens on April 17. Individuals who are unable to afford the cost of registration and/or travel are able to apply for a full or partial scholarship to help make attending YWM2017 possible! Key dates in the application process may be found below:

      • Application Process Opens: Monday, April 17
      • Application Deadline: Friday, May 19
      • Application Third-party Review: Begins the Week of May 22
      • Application Status/Award Notifications Sent: June 2

The OAC’s Convention Scholarship Program was created in 2014, with the goal to help bring quality education and a supportive community to individuals who may not be able to attend the cost of attending the National Convention. Unfortunately, funds are limited each year and we are unable to afford monies to all who apply. In 2017, however, the OAC aims to give any individual with an interest in attending the Convention with an opportunity to do so – but to achieve this goal, we are currently seeking the generous support of individuals to step forward and make a donation to the OAC’ Convention Scholarship Fund.

YOU can help us achieve this goal by giving the gift of education! Your support, no matter what dollar amount you are able to give, impacts the lives of individuals seeking quality education for their journey with weight and makes it possible for them to attend the 2017 Your Weight Matters National Convention.

To donate to the OAC’s Convention Scholarship Fund, please CLICK HERE.

New Advocacy Opportunity: Urge Congress to Support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act! 

The OAC is anticipating the reintroduction of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) in the near future. TROA will provide Medicare beneficiaries and their healthcare providers with meaningful tools to reduce obesity by improving access to weight-loss counseling and new prescription medications for chronic weight management.

Although this legislation is focused on improving access to obesity treatments for Medicare beneficiaries, TROA is important to ALL Americans because private and employer-based insurance plans oftentimes base their coverage on matching Medicare coverage.

That’s why the OAC is asking all of our advocates to join us as we urge Congress to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. The voices of our members, supporters and followers are powerful, and together, we can work to advance the cause of better obesity care.

How can you help? Urge your legislators to cosponsor and support the final passage of TROA by contacting them through the OAC’s Legislative Action Center! The OAC makes it easy. Simply use our Legislative Action Center to write to your elected officials, share our own personal story and help your legislators better understand the need for expanding access to these critical obesity treatment tools.

To visit the OAC’s Legislative Action Center and to learn more about TROA, please CLICK HERE.

OAC and YMCA of Central Florida Team-up to Educate Healthcare Professionals about Weight Bias

James Zervios, OAC V.P. of Marketing and Communications, waits to give a presentation on weight bias at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla.

Last month, OAC V.P. of Marketing and Communications, James Zervios, joined the YMCA of Central Florida in educating healthcare professionals at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla. about weight bias and stigma. Presented during the Nemours grand rounds, the OAC and YMCA presented on the topic of weight bias and the many ways in which bias is present in the healthcare system. From the lack of People First Language for Obesity  to the use of headless imagery, the OAC illustrated the many ways that patients with obesity often face stigma when working with their healthcare provider or navigating the healthcare setting.

“The Nemours staff was extremely receptive to our presentation on weight bias. The simple fact that they took the initiative to invite the OAC and YMCA to their hospital in order to educate their employees on weight bias speaks volumes for their dedication to maintaining a bias-free facility. The Q&A after the presentation was very insightful and also helps us, the OAC, recognize even more ways that we can work with healthcare providers to eradicate weight bias,” said James Zervios.

The OAC and YMCA of Central Florida are longtime partners and work together on many initiatives from the Your Weight Matters Campaign to combatting weight bias. “We truly value our relationship with the YMCA of Central Florida, as it provides the OAC with an opportunity to partner with an incredible organization and fulfill our goal of eradicating bias,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

To learn more about weight bias in the healthcare setting, please CLICK HERE.

You can also learn more about the ways the OAC is reducing weight bias by visiting one of our most popular resources – the OAC Image Gallery. By refocusing the perception of obesity and offering a gallery of bias-free, respectful photos as an alternative to stigmatizing imagery, the OAC aims to change the way others view this chronic disease. To visit the OAC Image Gallery, 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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