Thursday, January 17, 2013

Understanding Your Weight-loss Options

I wanted to share a great resource with you, especially those looking into whether weight loss surgery is right for you. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) created an awesome brochure. It is the most comprehensive and well balanced look all the most common weight-loss options available today: behavior modification, commercial diets, drug therapies, surgery. They talk pros, cons of each... it's great!

Here's the link for the PDF copy online or you can request a hard copy to share with a friend, family member, or your primary care provider: Understanding your weight loss options brochure

If you are not a member already of the OAC I highly recommend you join. Best $20 you will ever spend. The OAC is our voice and the voice of all those affected by obesity, that's 93 million Americans (whether we are member or not they fight for us) but you know $20 helps the efforts and makes you official. It also gets you a subscription to their great magazine, "Your Weight Matters" which is full of great health and fitness articles and information.

The way that the OAC builds our voice is through membership. From helping to improve access to obesity treatments for the millions who need it, to creating awareness of the disease of obesity, to fighting the unfair bias, stigma and discrimination those affected face, to educational efforts like this cool brochure, advocacy training, educational convention, etc. etc. They rock. I am honored to be serving on the National Board of Directors. In fact, that's where I was this last weekend at the annual strategic planning meeting in Phoenix. We got up to date on the hurdles and advocacy efforts ahead and planned of all sorts of awesome for the year (hopefully I'll be announcing the location and date for this year's OAC "Your Weight Matters" Convention very soon.) I'm excited to take an even more active role in the OAC and you will hear all about it along the way.

So my Join the OAC PSA is done ;)

OK one last thing... I love the saying "sticks in a bundle are unbreakable" I really believe that when we join our voices together for a cause, anything is possible. One person on the street corner saying something needs to change is great but 50,000+ people and the powers that be will have to listen. Help us have a louder voice by becoming a member.

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