Obesity Action Alert- October 2017

Help Us Support National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) and Change the Way that You Care About Obesity!

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), along with the other NOCW Founding Champions, The Obesity Society, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the STOP Obesity Alliance, – aim to create a society that cares about obesity and the more than 90 million adult Americans affected by it.

The OAC is excited to be a part of this unique National awareness campaign intended to change the way WE CARE about the disease of obesity by having our supporters pledge the way that they care about obesity by taking the Take 5 Pledge. NOCW takes place October 29th – November 4th 2017, and during this important awareness week, you will have many opportunities to get more involved in helping to change the way that we care about obesity by taking the Take 5 Pledge. After taking the pledge, we will highlight the 5 important reasons to care, ways that you can get involved in this awareness campaign and how you can share this with others.

You can be an active part in this effort as we fight to Change the Way We Care about obesity, and if you would like to take action by taking the Take 5 Pledge, please click here.

OAC Participates in Roundtable for Obesity Solutions Meeting

Recently, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions Meeting was held in Washington, DC, and attended by Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, OAC Board Member and Treasurer. Ted joined other thought leaders for this important meeting which focused on improving the understanding of the roles built, environment policies and practices play in the prevention and treatment of obesity by identifying promising strategies in multiple sectors that can be improved to create more healthful and equitable environments. The topics covered included urban planning and design, transportation systems, parks and recreation and food systems.

Ted was able to attend the National Academy of Sciences talk regarding environments and obesity. The talk covered how the shift in environments that we’ve built from the 20th to the 21st century could play a role in the rise of obesity. Several points were made during the meeting to support this idea, and further research is being conducted. If you would like to view slides or a video recording of the meeting, please click here.

Visit the OAC Booth at ObesityWeek 2017!

Are you planning on attending ObesityWeek 2017 in Washington, DC? If so, please stop by the OAC booth (#511) and learn about the latest resources from the OAC and much more! This year, the OAC booth will feature:

    • The latest issue of our most popular resource – Your Weight Matters Magazine
    • Educational Brochures, such as Understanding Your Weight-loss Options, Understanding Obesity, Understanding Severe Obesity and more
    • An opportunity to speak with OAC representatives to learn more about the organization and our resources

The OAC booth will also be the home base for this year’s National Obesity Care Week (NOCW)! Stop by the OAC booth to learn more about NOCW and complete the Take 5 Pledge to change the way we care about obesity.

ObesityWeek is an international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity. If you would like more information on ObesityWeek, please click here. 

The 2017 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) Surpasses 100 Co-Sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives!

The 2017 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) (S830) (HR1953) has surpassed 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives with a total of 108 legislators supporting the Act. This critical legislation will provide Medicare beneficiaries with additional treatment tools to help seniors address their obesity. The bill provides CMS with the authority to expand the Medicare benefit for intensive behavioral counseling by allowing additional types of qualified healthcare providers to offer these services. The Act also allows the agency to expand Medicare Part D to provide coverage of FDA-approved prescription drugs for chronic weight management.

“We continue to see great momentum with the 2017 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. More than 90 million adult Americans are dealing with the disease of obesity. Legislation such as TROA is vitally important for the Medicare population, as it will provide healthcare professionals and patients with science-based treatments to address obesity,” said Joe Nadglowski, Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) President and CEO.

We need more voices – your voice – to reach our goal of passing this important piece of legislation. YOU can support TROA’s passage by urging both of your Senators as well has your House of Representatives member to co-sponsor and support this critical legislation. The OAC makes it easy – simply visit the OAC’s Legislative Action Center to reach out to your legislatures for their support. You can even include your own personal story to help them better understand the need for expanding access to these critical obesity treatment tools! If you would like to learn more or urge your elected officials to support TROA, 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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