by Mckinzie Step, OAC’s Community Outreach Engagement Specialist
At the heart of the OAC, you will find people. Every day, individuals affected by obesity face numerous challenges – from those in their personal health journeys to larger scale issues with weight bias and access to medical care. These people and their stories have not only built our voice as an organization, but have inspired our vision for a stronger future!
With that said, we know that there has never been a more crucial time to unite individuals affected by obesity through ongoing education, advocacy and support. Connections are important. People engaging with people… it’s a simple but powerful concept! Our past has shown us the tremendous impact that connections can have, and our future challenges us to do more together.
It is with great excitement that the OAC has reaffirmed its commitment to changing the world for people living with obesity through the launch of our NEW Community!
The needs our members face, as well as the needs of all people affected by obesity, continue to grow and change. This very fact challenged us to re-think the way we “do” membership and grow our organizational voice as well as our impact. To do this, we completely redesigned our membership model to be more inclusive, integrated and accessible for those who want to be connected and involved with what we do. That’s how the new OAC Community was born!
Now more than ever before, it is easy to access high-quality weight and health education, support for your weight management journey, meaningful connections with other people and opportunities to engage with the OAC. We have removed significant barriers to traditional OAC membership to welcome anyone and everyone who wants to be a part of what we do. This includes a no-cost entry point and no cost to stay connected with us. Once you’re an OAC Community Member, you remain one!
Keeping our new membership model in mind, the OAC’s new Community is a group of diverse individuals who are interested in connecting more with their health, with each other and ultimately changing the world for ALL people living with obesity. It’s every single one of us! Through ongoing connections, the OAC Community is dedicated to providing active, meaningful opportunities to:
If you find yourself asking, “What happened to the OAC membership
for which I have paid?” don’t worry.
You won’t notice any changes – only added value! We’ve automatically transitioned you into the new OAC Community with welcoming arms – all you have to do is stay connected!
Have you noticed the new OAC Community logo floating around?
We’ve stamped our commitment to people because people remain at the heart of what we do!
The pieces of the spinning wheel are drawn from the arcs of the OAC’s traditional logo and represent all of our Community members joined together. We believe that giving people the education and support they want will equip them with the tools they need to make a difference in the world for people living with obesity. By coming together as a Community, the pieces of the wheel continue to spin. That’s how we continue moving, growing and driving change!
The OAC’s Community offers a more enriching member experience than we’ve ever offered before. Our new structure allows people to explore their interests, discover their passions and engage with the OAC in a more organized and easier format!
See below for just a handful of our exciting new updates.
With the launch of the OAC’s new Community, we can’t wait to get to know our Community members in a more impactful way. Are you ready to explore all the exciting changes for yourself?
Not yet a member of the OAC Community? We invite you to be a part of it all!
Visit: ObesityAction.org/join to get started.
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