Tampa, Fla. – The OAC’s Your Weight Matters National Convention, the largest National meeting dedicated to providing scientific-based strategies for individuals impacted by excess weight and obesity, is excited to announce Geisinger Health System as a Convention Scholarship Program Matching Gift Partner.

The OAC wants to make the Your Weight Matters National Convention a reality for any individual with a desire to learn more about their weight and health. Each year we receive hundreds of applications and are only able to award a handful of scholarships based on generous public donations. With the kind support of Geisinger Health System, this is our way to ensure more people are able to attend YWM2017. Geisinger has long supported the OAC, our educational initiatives, and have now chosen to take their commitment to our community one step further as the first-ever Matching Gift Partner of the OAC’s Convention Scholarship Program.

The Convention is a 3-day educational event designed to bring together all individuals who struggle or are concerned with weight-related issues. The entire weekend is dedicated to presenting a comprehensive agenda, comprised of diverse topics that are designed to help any individual who has ever had a concern about their weight. To date, thousands of individuals from all across the globe have attended the Convention to hear from the country’s leading experts on weight and health and get the RIGHT tools to be successful in their lifelong journey with weight.

At the foundation of Geisinger Health System are the values of Kindness, Excellence, Learning and Innovation. Through their nonprofit mission, Geisinger focuses on community benefit by providing charitable care, educational programs and outreach services. Their investment in community health education and outreach programs in 2016 exceeded $39 million, representing only a piece of their charitable investment in the community.

Geisinger’s generous pledge to match every gift dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000, will create opportunity for more individuals to receive the gift of education and will make donations made to the Scholarship Program between April 4 and April 17 even more meaningful by doubling their impact.

The OAC thanks Geisinger Health System for being an innovative partner in supporting our initiatives like the Convention Scholarship Program. To learn more about the Scholarship Program or make a donation today, please visit www.ywmconvention.com/convention-details/scholarship-program/.

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a more than 56,000 member-strong National nonprofit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support.