Obesity Action Coalition Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

For Immediate Release
June 26, 2007

For More Information:
James Zervios
Director of Communications
(800) 717-3117
jzervios@obesityaction.org

Tampa, FL The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is proud to celebrate its two-year anniversary as one of the leading patient-focused non profit obesity organizations.

Throughout the past year, the OAC accomplished tremendous strides in the obesity community. With the introduction of the OAC’s “Understanding Obesity” series, the OAC continues to provide an excellent source of valuable materials for those affected by obesity, morbid obesity and childhood obesity.

In 2006/2007, the OAC distributed more than 250,000 educational and advocacy-related materials throughout the United States. These materials consisted of valuable information, such as obesity/morbid obesity treatment options, nutritional information, insurance information and much more.

On the advocacy front, the OAC played an instrumental role in 2007 with its involvement in major issues affecting patients, such as calling on BlueCross/Blue Shield of Tennessee to rescind its IQ testing requirement for those wishing to seek weight-loss surgery and representing the patient voice with TUFTS Health Plan in revising their policies regarding weight-loss surgery. And recently, the OAC represented the patient voice in Utah where OAC President & CEO Joseph Nadglowski, Jr., testified before a hearing committee on the need for access to safe and effective obesity interventions and the importance of improving the quality of health and life for all those affected by obesity.

“Throughout the past year, the OAC maintained a continuous level of service to all of its constituents. Since 2005, we continue to expand our resources on all fronts; therefore, allowing us to offer members the most up-to-date information. Looking ahead, this year we are partnering with the ASBS Foundation on the Annual ‘Walk from Obesity.’ In September and October in more than 70 cities all across the country, patients will join together and walk to raise money for research, education, prevention and treatment of obesity. This event promises to be a great success and is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of this disease. The OAC will continue to increase obesity education, work to improve access to medical interventions for obese patients and strive to eliminate the negative stigma associated with all types of obesity,” said Joseph Nadglowski, Jr., OAC President and CEO.

For more information on the OAC, please visit www.obesityaction.org or contact the National Office at (800) 717-3117 or info@obesityaction.org.

About the OAC
The OAC is a nonprofit National charity dedicated to helping those affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools.



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