by Mckinzie Step, OAC’s Creative Outreach Engagement Specialist

Spring 2018

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Sometimes, the journey with weight can feel like you’re navigating through a rocky landscape. It’s filled with uphill climbs, downward slopes, challenges and victories.

It’s not always easy to find your way around, but reaching new heights is certainly worth the effort.

At this year’s 7th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) wants to help you reach those new heights. Since our inception in 2005, we’ve devoted our work to providing a unique community where the everyday individual can find a welcoming and supportive place to move forward on their weight management journey. We are honored to host such a special Convention each year and offer an environment rich with science-based education, leading experts presenting world-class information, practical tips, tools, guidance and more.

This summer, we’re bringing more individuals than ever before to the Mile High City for a weekend filled with unparalleled weight and health information, genuine support, an open community and brand new opportunities. With great excitement, it is our pleasure to invite you to join us at YWM2018 and help you Take Your Health to New Heights!

Premier Weight and Health Education

You won’t find education of this quality anywhere else! Experience our world-class Program Agenda and take advantage of the following highlights:

  • More than 50 unique topics presented by the nation’s leading experts
  • Tips, tricks and tools to take home with you
  • Chances to connect with experts one-on-one
  • Advocacy training to help you stand-up for and represent individuals with obesity (Thursday training session)
  • Engagement training to help you take action with the OAC! (Thursday training session)

Your Weight Matters Healthy Living EXPO

Between educational sessions and special events, we invite you to explore our EXPO Hall and experience all the diverse information and education it has to offer! The YWM Healthy Living EXPO Hall features a variety of highlights, including:

  • More than 30 unique vendors in the weight/health industry
  • Products, services, samples and more
  • Chances to mingle and connect with other attendees
  • Opportunities to engage further with the OAC
  • A Diverse and Energizing Exercise Program

Come move and groove with us at YWM2018! Our Convention offers a safe space for individuals of all skill levels to participate in the following classes and sessions:

  • Morning walks and runs
  • Aqua Fitness
  • Group Fitness
  • And more!

Engage with the Experts One-on-One

Don’t just listen to the experts talk about weight and health – take the time to dive-in and connect with them on a deeper level! The following YWM2018 special events truly provide you with the opportunities to take your health to new heights:

  • Breakfast with the Experts (ticketed event – $18/day)
  • Lunch with the Experts (ticketed event – $18/day)
  • Saturday Afternoon Workshop – 50 Shades of Obesity (ticketed event – $15)

Opportunities to Connect with Like-minded People

The Convention is a place where all individuals are welcome – no matter their stage in the weight management journey. We want you to have a place where you can connect with individuals with shared experiences and build relationships to last a lifetime. The following special events offer connection opportunities you can look forward to:

  • Convention Attendee and Exhibitor Welcome Reception
  • Friday Night Welcoming Ceremonies Dinner –
    “The Great Outdoors”
  • OAC Reception and Awards Ceremony
  • Reaching the Summit – OAC’s final Send-off Event

YWM2018 Program Agenda – CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Make Your Plans to Attend!

Affordable Pricing Options for Everyone

Each year, we strive to make the cost of attending our Convention as affordable as possible. Whether you’re seeking the right education, tools and support for your weight management journey, are a loved one to someone else on this journey or you’re a healthcare provider, YWM2018 is an event you don’t want to miss! Our spectacular Convention Registration rates include:

  • Single-day Registration
    • Access to all educational sessions and group fitness classes
    • YWM Healthy Living EXPO
    • Convention T-shirt, souvenir tote bag and Program Book
    • Opportunity to pre-register for OAC’s Training Sessions
    • One ticket to OAC’s final send-off event

Meals, Breakfast/Lunch with the Experts, social events and workshops are NOT included with Single-day Registration.

  • Full Convention Registration
    • Access to all educational sessions and
      group fitness classes
    • YWM Healthy Living EXPO
    • Convention T-shirt, souvenir tote bag and Program Book
    • Opportunity to pre-register for OAC’s Training Sessions
    • Breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning
    • One ticket to the Event Welcoming Ceremonies Dinner, Annual Awards Ceremony and OAC’s final send-off event

Breakfast/Lunch with the Experts and workshops are NOT included with Full Convention Registration.

Reserve Your Room in Denver!

We’re excited to host YWM2018 at the beautiful and accommodating Hilton Denver City Center – located right in the action of downtown!

Reserve your room for just $159/night (Single/Double Occupancy) – a special discounted rate we’ve reserved just for our attendees!

Reserve Your Room Online

To reserve your room online for YWM2018, please visit and click on the “Hotel/Site Information” section in the top menu bar.

Call to Make a Reservation

To make your reservation by phone, please call (303) 297-1300 and mention the reference code “YWM2018” to receive our preferred rate!

The Convention Room Block is filling up quickly and will close on June 26…
so reserve your room as soon as possible!

See First-hand What Others Are Saying!

“I came away from the weekend having met great people and learned a lot of valuable information to help me continue on my weight-loss odyssey. I truly enjoyed myself and all the wonderful people I encountered.”– Sal Paradiso, Past Attendee

“Many people suggest, request and boast about ‘Making it Happen.’ OAC just does it. There is no other conference that can match the high standard of professionalism and kindness from registration to the closing ceremony.”– Vitamin M, aka Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT, Past Convention Speaker

“I enjoy this Convention because it’s a chance for me to learn and grow from several amazing experiences. I can meet people from not just other states, but from other countries who are being challenged by obesity – and I can learn from them about how they meet this challenge.”– Nancee Nichols, Past Attendee

We’ll see you in Denver as we Take Our HEALTH to New Heights!