Obesity Action Coalition Calls on President Barack Obama to Continue Making Obesity a Top Priority in His Presidency

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2009

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James Zervios
Director of Communications
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Tampa, FL Today, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) issued a formal letter to President Barack Obama asking him to keep obesity at the forefront of healthcare reform during his presidency. Thousands of individuals affected by obesity joined with the OAC in this effort and signed-on to the letter to ensure their voices are heard.

The letter praised Obama for his proactive health efforts in the senate and asked that he continue those efforts as president. The OAC promised to serve as a resource for the president on issues such as access to care, obesity awareness, obesity stigma and much more.

“With recent news of obesity rates continuing to rise, it is imperative that the Obama administration take a close look at the obesity epidemic. The OAC is ready, willing and able to assist President Barack Obama in any of his obesity-related healthcare initiatives. With a voice of more than 12,000 members-strong, the OAC has made a great impact in the healthcare community and we look forward to continuing our efforts with the Obama presidency,” said Joseph Nadglowski, Jr., OAC President and CEO.

Obesity is a rising health epidemic affecting nearly 100 million individuals in the U.S. Adding to this epidemic, our nation’s children are facing the fastest-growing childhood obesity rise in history. As our nation’s newly-elected leader, it is essential that Obama takes proactive measures to address this epidemic to ensure the health of the millions of Americans impacted.

As the only organization representing those affected by obesity, the OAC has been instrumental in many national and state-based issues and has distributed more than half of a million educational brochures nationwide. Perhaps the most notable moment in the OAC’s history was the co-hosting of the Walk from Obesity – Walk on the Capitol, where nearly 3,000 individuals proudly walked on the national mall in Washington, DC for obesity awareness and the right to safe and effective weight-loss options.

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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