Member Updates | June 2019

July 1, 2019

National Quality Forum

Opportunity to Comment on Obesity Quality Measures

Since 2016, the NQF Measure Incubator® has engaged with multi-stakeholder experts to fill measurement gaps for obesity. Currently, NQF is seeking public comments on four obesity quality measures. The comment period has been extended to July 12th

National Obesity Care Week

National Obesity Care Week: Access to Care Week

National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) would like to invite your organization to become a proud Champion of NOCW2019 – Special Edition: Access to Care Week, set for September 15- 21, 2019.
Today, more than 93 million Americans are affected by the disease of obesity. They face weight bias, stigmatization and a world that misunderstands their disease and how to treat it. Because of this, half of the people with obesity report they have never had a conversation about their weight with a healthcare provider (HCP), and only 4 in 10 individuals say they have been counseled about their weight by a HCP.
To help overcome the lack of evidence-based care; the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), The Obesity Society (TOS), the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), the STOP Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) launched National Obesity Care Week in 2015 with a vision to create a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity and values science-based care. NOCW plans to achieve this vision through enhanced social media awareness, expanded fact-based understanding and facilitation of the shift to science-based treatments for those living with obesity.
Please contact Katie Thrasher, OAC Public Outreach Associate ([email protected]), for more information regarding various ways you can help NOCW raise awareness and make the world a better place for people living with obesity.

partnering to tackle the obesity epidemic

Partnering to Tackle the Obesity Epidemic

There is more evidence than ever that connects obesity and related diseases with chronic health issues that can have negative effects on quality of life and ability to work.
The authors of a new NAM commentary suggest that individual employees, employers, and health care providers play a role in helping to alleviate the nation’s obesity epidemic, both to ensure the health of their employees and the long-term health and prosperity of the nation’s workforce.
Read more about potential actions employers can take to support their employees:

Roundtable and obesity solutions

Upcoming Webinar: The Potential Role of Nutrition in the First 2 Years of Life in the Prevention of Child Overweight and Obesity

When: Thursday, July 18 | 12:00 PM-1:15 PM EDT
Watch: This event will be webcast live [REGISTER]

The Roundtable on Obesity Solutions is hosting a 75-minute webinar that will explore the role of infant and early childhood nutrition (birth to <2 years of age) related to healthy growth and the prevention of overweight and obesity later in childhood. Presentations will feature the current prevalence and trends of high weight-for-length in infants and young children, the state of the science on nutrition-related modifiable risk factors, and obesity prevention interventions that address healthy growth, with a special emphasis on reducing disparities in populations with above-average obesity risk.

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Current Status and Response to the Global Obesity Pandemic: Proceedings of a Workshop

On October 9, 2018, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, Health and Medicine Division, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a one-day public workshop that examined the status of the global obesity pandemic and explored approaches aimed at managing the problem in different settings around the world. This Proceedings of a Workshop highlights presentations that discussed the importance of understanding obesity in a global context and shared perspectives on the implications for prevention and treatment efforts in the United States, with an emphasis on reducing disparities.

Videos from the event and speaker presentations are available to download from the NASEM website.

Women's Health Issues

Veterans with Obesity Report Self-Management Support

A new study published in Women's Health Issues, the peer-reviewed journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, reports on care experiences of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients by gender and obesity status. The study is part of a special supplement on sex and gender differences in VA research, sponsored by the VA's Cooperative Studies program. 

Jessica Y. Breland of VA Palo Alto Health Care System and colleagues examined care experiences and primary care provider ratings of patients in different body mass index categories (no obesity and obesity classes 1-3). Their analysis of data from the 2014 VA Survey of Health Care Experiences of Patients found that men, but not women, with class 2 obesity gave lower overall ratings to their providers, suggesting a need to investigate possible obesity-related stigma. For both women and men, those with obesity were more likely than those without it to report having conversations with providers about health goals and barriers. This, the authors write, "suggests that VA patients with obesity are receiving support to facilitate the considerable behavior change required to manage obesity and its related conditions."

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A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief

On April 1, 2019, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, held a public workshop, A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts, in Washington, DC. The workshop explored the history of health equity issues in demographic groups that have above-average obesity risk and considered principles and approaches to address these issues as part of obesity prevention and treatment efforts. Speaker presentations explored the context and conditions that have contributed to obesity-related health disparities and lessons learned in achieving equity in public health and clinical settings.


Your Weight Matters

Your Weight Matters Convention 2019

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 8th Annual Your Weight Matters Convention & EXPO, taking place August 1-3 in Tampa, along the award-winning Tampa Riverwalk!
The YWM2019 experience and agenda was created with you in mind; your goals, your challenges and your health journey. Specifically, Convention offers:

  • Real Experts – Top-notch weight and health education presented by the nation’s leading physicians, researchers, scientist and other industry experts.
  • Real People – Meet People invested in their health and who and care about the issues surrounding obesity and weight. 
  • Real Support – Whether from a speaker who is also a health care provider to the new friend you met chatting before a session, YWM2019 is a welcoming, safe place to seek education and support.

With topics such as, “What the Science Tells Us about Weight-loss, Weight Gain and Weight Maintenance,” “Exercise – How Much does it Really Take?” and much more, the YWM2019 Program Agenda is sure to captivate all those in attendance.
Single-day registration starts as low as just $40/day. Make sure to use the code EARLYBIRD to access these discounted rates!
We are excited to host Convention in our hometown of Tampa at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, right in the center of downtown along the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk! The OAC was able to secure a discounted rate of $145/night (single/double occupancy). The Convention Room Block fills up fast so be sure to make your room reservations now!
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Convention has been approved to offer up to 18 CE credits for nurses and some healthcare professionals. Single-day registration with CE credits starts as low as $75/day and Full Convention registration with CE credits starts at $155/day. We strongly encourage health professionals to check their eligibility prior to registering to earn CE Credits at the Convention. To determine your eligibility, contact Taylor College at 1-800-743-4006 and reference the Your Weight Matters Convention & EXPO.

To learn more or register, please visit: