Welcome to Advocacy 101: All the Ways You Can Make a Difference!

The word “advocacy” can seem intimidating, but an advocate is simply someone who does something to support a cause. The OAC needs advocates like you to help us create a better world for individuals affected by the disease of obesity.

If you want to learn how to become an advocate but you don’t know how to get started, this video series is for you! You don’t need any special skills or experience to get started. We will walk you through the basics and give you all you need to start making a difference.

What You Will Learn:

This video series will explain the mission of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and the many ways you can advocate to support the cause and impact change.

You will explore how to:

  • Tell your personal story
  • Spread OAC’s message
  • Share OAC’s resources and education
  • Tackle key issues like weight stigma and access to healthcare
  • Drive legislative change
  • Inspire others
  • And much more!

Part 1: An Introduction to Advocacy
Discover more about who the OAC is, what we fight for, and the importance of your voice in the OAC’s advocacy efforts.

Part 2: Laying the Groundwork to Become an Advocate
What IS advocacy? See how simple it is to advocate and learn about the key issues that impact people affected by obesity. Then, get an overview of how you can help the OAC address them.

Part 3: The Power of Your Personal Story
We all have a story that can make a difference and support the OAC’s advocacy efforts. Discover why we need stories and what’s needed for a story to be effective.

Part 4: Tools You Can Use – OAC Action Center
Learn how the OAC defines “taking action” and explore the features of the OAC Action Center: an easy-to-use online platform we created for you to get involved with key issues and opportunities.

Part 5: Tools You Can Use – Advocacy Online
Explore different ways you can do online advocacy, which is simply about using the power of the internet and your digital devices to raise awareness and drive change.

Part 6: Tools You Can Use – Sharing Your Personal Story
Learn about the OAC’s dedicated story-sharing platform as we walk you through how easy it is to navigate and share your personal experiences to help create awareness and inspire change.

Part 7: Tools You Can Use – Educational Outreach
Learn about the quality science-based education about weight and obesity that the OAC offers and explore all the different ways you can share this information with others.

Part 8: It’s Time to Get Started!
Recap what you learned in this video training series about advocacy and come away with 5 things you can do right now to get started in your personal advocacy journey.

Do You Want to Get More Involved?

Find out how you can help by emailing Mckinzie Burrows, OAC Engagement Specialist, at [email protected].

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