“Your Weight Matters” Campaign Challenges the American Public to Talk to Their Doctor about Their Weight

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2010

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

Tampa, Fla. – Hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes, high cholesterol and stroke – these are all serious health risks associated with excess weight. In an effort to raise public awareness of excess weight and its related health risks, the “Your Weight Matters” campaign, brought to you by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), is issuing a nationwide challenge to all Americans to talk to their doctor about their weight.

Beginning today, the OAC is encouraging all Americans to visit www.yourweightmatters.org and learn more about measuring their weight, health and wellness and much more. When taking the challenge, visitors will be provided with a “Your Weight Matters” e-toolkit. The e-toolkit will help them gather the right kind of information to bring when talking to their doctor, including a food log, exercise tips, helpful resources and much more.

As a bonus for taking the “Your Weight Matters” challenge, the first 500 individuals to take the challenge will receive the official “Your Weight Matters” awareness bracelet and also be entered into a drawing to win a free iPod touch.

“More than half of the United States is affected by excess weight; however, many Americans, both young and old, do not realize they are overweight or obese until they are faced with a serious health risk, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. The ‘Your Weight Matters’ campaign is an excellent way for individuals to educate themselves about their weight and realize its impact on their health and wellbeing,” said Barbara Thompson, OAC Chairperson.

For more information on the “Your Weight Matters” Campaign including public service announcements, newsletter blurbs and much more, please visit the “For the Media” section located on the sitemap on www.yourweightmatters.org.

About the “Your Weight Matters” Campaign
“Your Weight Matters” is a National campaign proudly produced and presented by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). We are challenging every single individual in the United States to take the “Your Weight Matters” campaign challenge – Talk to Your Doctor about YOUR Weight.

About the OAC
The OAC is a National nonprofit charity dedicated to helping individuals 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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