Join Me and the OAC-Let’s Ban the ‘F Word!’

Good Morning, Loves!

I was so, so excited to check my email and all of my social media channels and learn about the Obesity Action Coalition’s latest campaign: The ‘Ban the F Word” movement has arrived!

Anyone who went to high school with me can tell you that I adamantly refused to use or acknowledge the word “fat.” I thought that it was such a harsh, degrading word….one that can often cause more harm than being “the f word” can in the first place!

I am honored to have been selected to receive a Weigh in for Healthy Change scholarship to attend this years OAC “Your Weight Matters” convention in San Antonio, TX. Thanks to Eisai Pharmaceuticals, I am able to attend Advocacy Training to be a better, more informed and effective proponent in the fight for better treatment and options for those struggling with Obesity. This latest campaign is a huge leap for changing the everyday misconceptions that excess weight defines people moreso than their character and actions.

Check out the press release:

Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Launches “Ban the f word” movement to end fat-shaming

Tampa, Fla. – The OAC has launched a national movement – “Ban the F Word” – aimed at putting an end to fat-shaming. The movement is anchored by an online petition that individuals are encouraged to sign, pledging their support to raise awareness of fat-shaming and put an end to it.

“Weight bias has long been accepted in various areas of life such as healthcare, entertainment and more. With the rise of social media, a new trend has started in the way of fat-shaming. The goal of the OAC’s campaign is to raise awareness of fat-shaming and encourage the public to support our movement to end it,” said Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, OAC Chairman.

With a membership of 50,000 individuals, the OAC is no stranger to addressing weight bias. Developed in 2005, the OAC has taken on high profile weight bias issues such as, fat-shaming apps, a Tennessee insurer’s IQ testing requirement for bariatric surgery, and ESPN’s Britt McHenry’s stigmatizing comments regarding body weight.

“The word ‘fat’ is most appropriately used as a noun. The fact that today we use it as an adjective and shame people dealing with the disease of obesity is highly unacceptable. As Chair of the Weight Bias Committee, I know individuals, especially children, are often targeted and shamed for their weight. Ban the F Word will raise awareness of this alarming trend and hopefully put a stop to its pervasiveness,” said Melinda J. Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA.

In April 2015, Ms. Watman appeared on CBS’ The Insider where she discussed how obesity is one of the last acceptable forms of public humiliation.

“Fat-shaming doesn’t discriminate based on race, gender or socioeconomic status. We encourage all Americans to stand with us and end fat-shaming,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

To learn more about the Ban the F Word movement and sign the petition, visit www.BantheFWord.com.

About the OAC:

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a nearly 50,000 member-strong National non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support.

I urge you to sign the petition and share on your social media outlets! Let’s BE the change, and take a stand to ban the “f” word!

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OAC YWM15 Scholarship Applications are Now Open!

Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Now Accepting Applications for the 2015

Your Weight Matters National Convention Scholarship Program

 

Tampa, Fla. – Today, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2015 Your Weight Matters National Convention Scholarship Program – a program that helps those in financial need attend the OAC’s ground-breaking educational Convention, set to take place August 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas. This year, the Convention Scholarship Program will continue to award full and partial scholarships to individuals who submit an application by the deadline date – Tuesday, March 31.

Launched in 2014, the Convention Scholarship Program awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships for individuals to attend the 3rd Annual Convention. For 2015, the OAC aims to match and award more scholarships to help individuals attend YWM2015. Applications are evaluated based on three areas of criteria: Statement of Financial Need; Impact of Obesity on Your Life; and Your Intent for Attending the Your Weight Matters Convention.

This year’s Convention, Our Journey – Restore. Refresh. Renew., will offer the everyday individual concerned with weight and health the latest evidence-based strategies to help them in their journey. The OAC’s Convention attracts more than 500 attendees from across the country and welcomes the country’s leading experts to deliver more than 40 educational topics, all designed to help the everyday individual in their journey toward improved weight and health.

“We know the journey of battling obesity is often a difficult one paved with many pitfalls. The OAC is proud to once again offer the Convention Scholarship Program, an initiative designed to help individuals attend Convention and receive access to the latest evidence-based information on weight, health and more,” said Michelle Vicari, OAC Convention Committee Chair.

In its first year, the Convention Scholarship Program received more than $100,000 in requested funds from individuals throughout the United States. “We were completely astonished in 2014 at the response we received to the program. We quickly realized that this was a tremendous public need, and we are very excited and proud to be able to offer this philanthropic program again this year,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

To learn more about the Convention Scholarship Program or complete an application today, please click here. If you are interested in donating to the Convention Scholarship Program, please click here. For more information on YWM2015, such as registration pricing, hotel details and more, please visit www.YWMConvention.com.

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a nearly 50,000 member-strong National non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support.

The OAC and #GivingTuesday

Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) GIVES Away more than 500 memberships

IN HONOR OF #GIVINGTUESDAY

 

“Because of you” year-end giving campaign launched to help support oac efforts

 

Tampa, Fla. – The OAC was proud to take on the challenge of #GivingTuesday and give back through pledging 250 FREE memberships to those who need it most. The OAC received an overwhelming response to this initiative and gave away more than 500 memberships in less than 24 hours to individuals wanting to learn more about their weight, improve their quality of health and lend their voice to the Nation’s only non-profit organization whose sole focus is representing individuals affected by the disease of obesity.

“We are extremely proud of the fact that we were able to provide more than 500 individuals with memberships in the OAC. The OAC was pleased to pay-it-forward on #GivingTuesday and help hundreds of individuals join the Coalition. We thank everyone who helped us spread the word about this initiative and grow the OAC voice,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

The free OAC membership drive was the first part in a month-long effort by the OAC to inspire individuals to become engaged in the Coalition and support its efforts. Throughout the month of December, the OAC is encouraging individuals to donate to the OAC with its “Because of You” year-end fundraising campaign.

The OAC is asking for all individuals to show their support of the OAC’s efforts by making a tax-deductible donation that will directly fund the OAC’s mission-oriented efforts in education, advocacy and support. As a 501(c)3 registered charity, the OAC relies on the support of those it serves in order to continue making an impact and fighting for change in obesity.

“The reality is that we simply could not make the proactive impact we do in education, advocacy and support on a yearly basis if it weren’t for the fundraising support of our members. We rely on the members of the OAC to help us make a difference for all those affected by obesity. The ‘Because of You’ Campaign is a great way to give back to the OAC during this time of year. We thank you for your support of the Coalition and our efforts,” said Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, OAC Chairman.

To learn more about the “Because of You” year-end giving Campaign, please CLICK HERE. To donate to the OAC today, please CLICK HERE.

About the OAC

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a nearly 50,000 member-strong National non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support. To learn more about the OAC, please visit www.ObesityAction.org.

#YWM2013 Day Two!

Ok. So, yesterday?

Yup. Totally amazing (or as my cousin Kirsten would say, “totes amaze!” Unfortunately,  I don’t sound sound as chic as her when I try that)!!!!

Sean and I attended some amazing educational sessions, from ones about Self Perception with the AMAZING Merrill Littleberry (Google her. Now.), to Advocacy and what we a can to to help stop ignorance towards Obesity!

I met fellow blogger, “The Waning Woman!” She came up to Sean and I between sessions to say hi, which I thought was pretty awesome!

It’s about 114 degrees here in Phoenix. Loosely translated,  that means that as Sean said “it’s like having a man’s hot breath all over your body!”…every time you walk out the door. You’re welcome for that charming simile!

Despite the heat, I am freezing everytime I enter the conference room, and as a result I am all congested and have a sore throat. Thank goodness for the coffee and tea station set up outside the educational session rooms all day. More tea and honey with breakfast!!

Today, we are thinking about heading to the resort water park during one of the breaks. It is super close to our suite, and we get free access to it all weekend as part of the special convention rate we got staying here at The Arizona Grand Resort and Spa. Golf course, 4 or 5 restaurants, huge conference amenities,  golf cart pickup and drop off around the grounds…all that they DON’T have is a casino, which is likely for the best. 😉

He evening ended last night at the Welcoming Ceremonies beach-themed, buffet-dinner party (3 words: frozen yogurt bar. Yummy!), where the OAC announced next year’s convention location!!

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How exciting is THAT??!! Sean and I are already talking about the possibilities and committing to working out our finances to make sure we can go (we should have our own place by then, so we will have to be even MORE responsible) to make our fun trips and experiences a priority.

I am so, so, so excited to be in attendance at this amazing convention.
Today’s agenda? Introductions with the OAC President and CEO (SUCH an inspring individual), learning more about Advocacy Trip scholarships, getting more materials for my healthcare providers from the OAC to distribute back home in Cali, and not dying of Heat Stroke!

Sean and I were fortunate enough to meet some nice people at dinner laat night who were here representing the conventions Platinum Sponsor, Eisai Pharmaceuticals. We are excited to stop by their booth in the vendor area today and get health screenings! They are providing a copy to each participant to take back to their Doctor, to catalyst a discussion about their weight. I am in serious awe of the products/programs they create, and can’t wait to learn more!

I guess it would be way easier to get the say started if I get up and do my hair, huh?

That’s all for now,  but keep a lookout for more fun and exciting #YWM2013 updates! Follow @SeeSondraSlim on Twitter,  and “Like” the official SeeSondraSlim page on facebook for photos,  and tidbits of todays educational sessions and speakers!!