Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and National Obesity Care Week 2016 Are “Taking 5″ for the Way We Care!

Today, more than a third of the adult population, 36.5 percent, is affected by obesity, and the number of adults who are affected by severe obesity continues to rise. It’s time for a change in obesity care! With severe obesity on the rise, our nation, lead by the healthcare community, must attack this disease from multiple angles and unite to overhaul the treatment of obesity. At the OAC, we recognize this challenge and the important role we can play.

The 2nd annual National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), marked October 30th – November 5th, seeks to ignite a national movement to ensure everyone affected by obesity receives comprehensive and respectful care. The OAC is proud to join the Campaign, which was founded by the Obesity Action Coalition, The Obesity Society, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Like-minded organizations are also joining the campaign from across the healthcare industry including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Obesity Medicine Association, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and many other distinguished organizations.

All of the supporters recognize that obesity is a multifactorial disease that can only be addressed with a full spectrum of evidence-based medical strategies. These strategies include:

      • Intense Behavioral Treatment
      • Behavior modification: exercise, diet/meal replacement, support groups
      • Weight management products and programs
      • Healthcare provider-supervised weight management
      • Medications for weight-loss and chronic weight management
      • Bariatric Surgery

As National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) draws closer, the OAC and other founding partners are excited to share that the state of Louisiana has officially declared October 30th – November 5th, 2016 as “Obesity Care Week.” This recognition is especially significant as Louisiana has the fourth highest obesity rate in the U.S., and NOCW aims to raise awareness about the need for a comprehensive approach to care for those living with obesity. The Governor of Louisiana also issued the proclamation urging healthcare professionals, policymakers, patients and families to regard obesity just as seriously as they would other chronic conditions. This proclamation of Obesity Care Week in Lousiana is great news for NOCW supports and those who are committed to treating obesity with the respect and care that it deserves!

Join the OAC in “Taking 5″ for Obesity!

What can you do to join the OAC in support of National Obesity Care Week? Take part in NOCW’s “Take 5″ Challenge! The challenge is meant to inspire healthcare providers to have a productive conversation about obesity that supports patients, changes current healthcare practices and breaks down communication barriers to effective care.

The challenge is simple. Healthcare providers are encouraged to take the following steps and pass them on to five of their colleagues:

      • Take 5 minutes to learn how to talk about obesity with your patients
      • Ask 5 questions to start a conversation
      • Know 5 reasons to address obesity
      • Engage in 5 conversations to inspire action

While the challenge is aimed at healthcare providers, patients and advocates can also play a part in NOCW’s “Take 5″ Campaign by sharing it with their physician and other health professionals. Breaking the cycles of silence, miscommunication and bias require the help of everyone committed to the fight for obesity awareness and proactive patient care.

More information about National Obesity Care Week and their “Take 5″ Challenge, including trusted medical tools and resources, is available on www.obesitycareweek.org.

We need more voices – YOUR voice – to reach our goal of achieving better care. You can take the “Treat Obesity Seriously Pledge” by CLICKING HERE,  or contact info@obesitycareweek.org for more information on how to sign-on as a supporter of NOCW. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us in recognizing National Obesity Care Week from October 30th – November 5th!

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