Sunday, June 2, 2013

Are you going to the Your Weight Matters National Convention?

Last year the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) hosted a ground-breaking educational convention on weight and health, the Inaugural "Your Weight Matters National Convention." I had to miss it because of my job, but I'm really hoping I can go this year.

It's being held in Phoenix, AZ, August 15-18. Unlike a lot of the weight loss-oriented conventions I go to, this one is a lot more educational -- including a day on how to be an obesity advocate and also some sessions for CE credit -- and is not just for people who have had weight loss surgery but for all people interested in matters of weight and health. But don't worry -- there is a lot of socializing and connecting with people, too!

Here's some more information about the conference:
If you do decide to sign up, be sure to put "Marie Hughes" as your referred by. There's a contest and I might actually have a shot to win!

The OAC is an interesting group because their focus is on being an advocate for people who are impacted by obesity. They advocate against weight bias and taken on a few media people and won. They also work to make obesity treatments more available to the public including getting weight loss surgery more generally covered by insurance and also to get more kinds of viable treatments besides surgery.

Here is how they describe themselves:

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is the ONLY non-profit organization whose sole focus is representing individuals affected by obesity. Founded in 2005, the OAC remains at the forefront of the fight against obesity. From advocating on capitol hill for access to obesity treatments to publishing hundreds of educational resources for individuals affected, the OAC truly represents the voice of all those affected by obesity.

Today, more than 93 million Americans are affected by obesity. The OAC feels it is imperative to raise awareness of the disease of obesity, ensure access to safe and effective treatment options and eradicate the negative bias and stigma associated with it.

If you are affected by obesity or care for individuals affected, we ask that you join the OAC today and help us strengthen our voice. Together we DO make a difference.

For more information, about the OAC and the convention, you can visit their web site.
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