Coming up in November, the OAC has plans to attend yet another great ObesityWeek! ObesityWeek is the world’s largest conference with a focus just on obesity that addresses current issues in:
- Treatment options
- Public policy
- And more
ObesityWeek: Why the OAC Attends
Attending this conference is extremely valuable to the OAC. The weekend is action-packed with the latest science and important issues that concern patients.
All this information helps the OAC stay up-to-date on both the issues and the industry. As the country’s leading voice for patients with obesity, the OAC works hard to always represent their best interests!
Watch for these OAC Leaders
The OAC is grateful to work with so many passionate thought leaders, influencers and patients in the obesity space. A handful of them will even present at this year’s ObesityWeek.
Joseph Nadglowski, OAC President/CEO
Joseph Nadglowski is President and CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), which he helped found in 2005. On any given day, you will find him working hard at public policy, research, education and most of all… standing-up for patients. Both his advocacy and research efforts have focused on improving access to science-based obesity treatments as well as erasing weight stigma.
Mr. Nadglowski will speak at ObesityWeek about common barriers in obesity care that make it difficult for patients to get medical help. He will also talk about putting the needs of patients first and the importance of preventing weight stigma in research and obesity care. CLICK HERE to see Mr. Nadglowski’s ObesityWeek schedule.
Theodore Kyle, RPh, MBA
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, is Treasurer of the OAC National Board of Directors. He is a pharmacist and thought leader on obesity care who travels around the world to share his knowledge. You can hear what he has to say by visiting his popular daily blog, ConscienHealth, which addresses all kinds of topics in obesity research, medicine, stigma and more.
Mr. Kyle will speak at ObesityWeek about common barriers in obesity care, weight stigma and its effects on treating childhood obesity, inaccurate perceptions about bariatric surgery and success rates and much more. CLICK HERE to see his ObesityWeek schedule.
Robert Kushner, MD
Robert Kushner, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. He is Co-chair of the OAC’s Annual Convention Program Agenda Committee as well as a returning speaker. Outside of the OAC, Mr. Kushner is also past President of The Obesity Society and past Chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Mr. Kushner will speak at ObesityWeek about common barriers in obesity care as well as a weight-loss program for patients with type 2 diabetes that addresses behavior change and hunger. CLICK HERE to see his ObesityWeek schedule.
Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD
Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD, is a member of the OAC National Board of Directors and serves on the Access to Care Committee. She is a registered dietitian and health psychologist, as well as an advocate for patient-centered care and appropriate treatment for people with obesity. Dr. Crowley leads the interdisciplinary metabolic and bariatric surgery team at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and is especially passionate about policy change and working with patients to achieve difficult behavior changes and long-term weight maintenance after bariatric surgery.
Dr. Crowley will speak at ObesityWeek about coordinating programs to help patients who have undergone bariatric surgery, but either had a poor response or a good response followed by significant weight regain. CLICK HERE to see her ObesityWeek schedule.
Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RDN
Jeanine Blankenship, MS, RDN, is an Ex-Officio Member of the OAC National Board of Directors and serves on the Weight Bias TaskForce. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist as well as the Vice President of Policy Initiatives and Advocacy for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is especially passionate about supporting the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act!
Ms. Blankenship will speak at ObesityWeek about common barriers in obesity care. CLICK HERE to see her ObesityWeek schedule.
Patricia Nece, JD
Patty Nece, JD, is Secretary of the OAC National Board of Directors and is Chair of the Weight Bias TaskForce. She is a passionate advocate for erasing weight stigma, providing science-based obesity treatments and making it possible for patients to access those treatments. Her most powerful weapon for change is her personal story about battling lifelong severe obesity and what her journey has taught her.
Ms. Nece will speak at ObesityWeek about examples of weight stigma in the healthcare system and what practical solutions can reduce bias and stigma with time. CLICK HERE to see her ObesityWeek schedule.
Robert Portinga serves on the OAC National Board of Directors, the Long-range Planning Committee and numerous committees for planning the OAC’s Annual Convention. He is a bariatric surgery patient who is always eager to share his personal experiences with obesity and support others on similar health journeys.
Mr. Portinga will speak at ObesityWeek about caring for patients who have had bariatric surgery. He will offer a patient perspective to help health professionals recognize and care for patients who have had mixed responses to surgery and significant weight gain afterwards,
CLICK HERE to view Mr. Portinga’s ObesityWeek schedule.