2008 News Releases

OAC Updates Childhood Obesity Series with BMI-for-Age Percentile Charts
in 2008 News Releases, News Releases on November 19, 2008

Tampa, FL – The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is pleased to announce the update of one of its most popular educational pieces – the “Understanding Childhood Obesity” brochure and poster. This free resource now features the widely and commonly used body mass index (BMI)-for-age percentile charts. The brochure provides an in-depth look at childhood obesity,
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Bipartisan Group of 42 United States Senators Sends Strong Message to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt, Urging Him to Encourage the National Institutes of Health to Update its Decade-Old Guidelines for Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Obesity
in 2008 News Releases, News Releases on July 22, 2008

Tampa, Fla. – The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) applauds a bipartisan group of 42 United States Senators who today sent a strong message to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt, urging him to encourage the National Institutes of Health to update its decade-old guidelines for identification, evaluation and treatment of
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History Making Obesity Awareness Event Scheduled to Take Place in Washington, DC, on June 17, 2008
in 2008 News Releases, News Releases on July 17, 2008

Tampa, FL – For the first time ever, individuals affected by obesity will have the opportunity to join together and have their voices heard. On June 17, 2008, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation will host a historic awareness event, the Walk from Obesity – Walk
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Thousands Gather for the Walk from Obesity – Walk on the Capitol in Washington, DC, to Raise Awareness of Obesity
in 2008 News Releases, News Releases on June 18, 2008

Washington, DC – In what was the largest gathering in the history of those affected by obesity, thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC, yesterday evening to raise awareness of the disease of obesity. Attendees traveled from all over the world to join in the Walk on the Capitol. Ranging from the United
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Television Star Caitlin Van Zandt Signs-on as Special Guest Speaker for National Obesity Awareness Event in Washington, DC, on June 17
in 2008 News Releases, News Releases on June 2, 2008

Tampa, FL – The Walk on the Capitol is proud to announce Caitlin Van Zandt, star of Guiding Light and The Sopranos, as special guest speaker for our National obesity awareness event in Washington, DC. The Walk from Obesity – Walk on the Capitol is a history-making awareness event that will gather thousands of individuals
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OAC Applauds Florida Legislature for Obesity Efforts
in 2008 News Releases, News Releases on April 15, 2008

Tampa, FL – The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) applauds the Florida Legislature for recognizing April 10, 2008 as “Obesity Awareness Day.” In addition, the House also declared that leaders have a responsibility to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles for the citizens of this state, including communicating information about healthy diet, the importance of physical activity
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Obesity Action Coalition Calls on the State of Mississippi House of Representatives to Withdraw House Bill 282 Discriminating against those Affected by Obesity
in 2008 News Releases, News Releases on February 1, 2008

Tampa, FL – The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is calling on the state of Mississippi House of Representatives to withdraw House Bill 282 (HB 282) that discriminates against those affected by obesity by restricting their right to dine in restaurants. The OAC strongly feels that HB 282 is outright discrimination against the population with obesity
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