Cross-sector partnerships drive progress in obesity prevention and care.



The Alliance Steering Committee (SC) is comprised of leading public and private sector organizations. Each Organization was selected for its diverse expertise in areas related to overweight, obesity, chronic disease, and health care.

America’s Health Insurance Plans


Since 2003, America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Obesity Initiative has supported member health insurance plans’ obesity prevention and treatment efforts. AHIP’s ongoing series of forums, programs, grants, educational audio conferences, and roundtables brings health plans and other stakeholders together to discuss the challenges of obesity, review the evidence, develop effective strategies, and share models that work. For the past several years, the topics of overweight and obesity, as well as prevention and wellness initiatives related to healthy lifestyles and behavior change, have been ongoing focus areas and play an integral role in the curriculum of AHIP’s annual conferences and educational programs, including the Medical Leadership Forum, National Policy Forum, and AHIP’s Institute.

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American Diabetes Association


The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

When it comes to the prevention of diabetes, being overweight or obese is a leading modifiable risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a healthy body weight through good nutrition and physical activity provides numerous valuable health benefits, including chronic disease prevention. Studies have shown that losing five to ten percent of one’s body weight can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association provides access to the most up to date diabetes and nutrition research to assist people in achieving their goals for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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American Heart Association
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The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency that provides cardiovascular research, information and advocacy and whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Perspective: Fighting Obesity through Education and Advocacy

The American Heart Association recognizes obesity as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack. Also, even when there are no adverse effects on the known risk factors, obesity by itself increases risk of heart disease. It also harms more than just the heart and blood vessel system. It’s a major cause of gallstones and can worsen degenerative joint disease.

The American Heart Association is fighting obesity through their work in support of greater funding for both the National Institute for Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also publishes various educational materials focused on managing weight, physical activity and tips for a healthy heart.

It is also a member of various coalitions that are focused on promoting physical activity, healthy school meals, a combination of good nutrition and activity, and time for children to play.

Overall, the American Heart Association’s work in this area is predicated on advancing its mission, in particular, to achieving the current strategic goal: reduction of coronary artery disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. Pillars of both prevention and risk reduction include diet and physical activity.

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American Medical Group Association


AMGA (also known as the American Medical Group Association) is a trade association leading the transformation of health care in America. Representing multispecialty medical groups and integrated systems of care, they advocate, educate, innovate, and empower members to deliver the next level of high performance health. AMGA is the national voice promoting awareness of members’ recognized excellence in the delivery of coordinated, high-quality, high-value care. More than 175,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans.

Perspective: Early Identification and Treatment of Risk Factors

The association conducts research projects and learning collaboratives to better understand current practices in early identification and treatment of risk factors that are known to increase patients’ risk of:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Low HDL-C
  • Elevated blood glucose levels.

Based on recent research published in peer-reviewed journals, it is understood that the growth in Medicare spending is largely due to treatment of these health conditions. The rise in the number of patients needing treatment for obesity and other serious risk factors highlights the need to develop models and standards of care designed to address the clinical problems facing patients with multiple complex morbidities.

To address this, AMGA is currently holding a learning collaborative on obesity: The Obesity Care Model Collaborative. Ten health care organizations are engaged in developing and testing models of care to help manage the health of patients with obesity. The 3-year collaborative will end in December 2019.

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American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
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The vision of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery is to improve public health and well being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world.

Founded in 1983, foremost American surgeons have formed the society’s leadership and have established an excellent organization with educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

The purpose of the Society is to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery by continued encouragement of its members to carry out the following mission:

  • To improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases.
  • To advance the science and understanding of metabolic surgery.
  • To foster communication between health professionals on obesity and related conditions.
  • To be the recognized authority and resource on metabolic and bariatric surgery.
  • To advocate for health care policy that ensures patient access to high quality prevention and treatment of obesity.
  • To be a highly valued specialty society that serves the educational and professional needs of our diverse membership.

Click here for more information on the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.

Donna Ryan, MD, FTOS
Donna Ryan, MD, FTOS

Donna Ryan, MD, FTOS, is Professor Emerita at Pennington Biomedical in Baton Rouge, LA, and current President of World Obesity Federation. Her research focuses on nutrition, obesity and obesity comorbidities, with a special focus on primary care approaches to obesity management. She has been an investigator for various US National Institutes of Health-sponsored studies, including Pounds Lost, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), DPP (Diabetes Prevention Program) and the Look AHEAD study. Dr. Ryan’s continuing interests focus on translation of effective weight management into primary care practices.

Dr. Ryan is Associate Editor-in-Chief of the journal Obesity and has authored more than 200 publications, primarily on obesity. She served as Co-Chair on the expert panel for the ACC/AHA/TOS evidence-based Guidelines on the Evaluation and Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults and was a panel member of the 2015 Endocrine Society Systematic Evidence Review and Guidelines for Medications that Affect Body Weight.

For the past five years Dr. Ryan has been active in continuing education for practitioners in obesity management. She has served as a consultant and advisor to industry and has been a scientific advisor to many companies, and as a member of Data Safety Monitoring Committees. She is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee SELECT, a cardiovascular outcome trial of semaglutide.

Gary Foster, PhD
Gary D. Foster, PhD

Dr. Gary D. Foster, PhD, has been the Chief Science Officer of Weight Watchers International, Inc. since July 3, 2014. Dr. Foster served as a Co-Chief Science Officer at Weight Watchers International, Inc. since August 2013 until July 3, 2014. Dr. Foster has more than 30 years of experience. Dr. Foster previously was the Founder and Director of the Center of Obesity Research and Education and Laura Carnell Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to Temple, he served as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has authored or coauthored more than 160 scientific publications and three books on the etiology and treatment of obesity.

Dr. Foster’s research interests include the prevention, behavioral determinants, treatments, and effects of obesity in adults and children. Dr. Foster’s recent research topics include the effects of weight loss on diabetes and sleep, and the prevention of obesity in school and community settings. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His research on the school-based prevention of obesity (Pediatrics, 2008) was cited by the American Heart Association as one of the top 10 advances in cardiovascular research in 2008. He also has clinical experience treating overweight patients in individual and group settings for more than 25 years. Dr. Foster also frequently presents at scientific meetings worldwide and has received numerous awards and honors, including: serving as President of the Obesity Society (2008), receiving an Honorary Membership from the American Dietetic Association, and recognition for his Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Foster earned his B.A. in Psychology from Duquesne University, M.S. in Psychology from University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University.

Business Group on Health
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The Business Group on Health is the national voice of large employers dedicated to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to the nation’s most important health care issues.

Perspective: The Institute on the Cost and Health Effects of Obesity

Consistent with its mission to find solutions to health and systemic health care cost challenges, the Business Group on Health launched the Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity in 2003, spearheading a national obesity initiative. This initiative brings together some of the world’s leading corporations, health plans and federal health agencies to serve as solutions and information resources for employers and creates proactive prevention strategies in order to champion healthy weight in the workplace.

The Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity is structured for a corporate audience and produces comprehensive tools for employers to estimate the cost of obesity, to open up avenues for employee communication on healthy weight and to design employer sponsored wellness programs that meet HIPPA requirements. Not only does the initiative focus on obesity, but it also focuses on the chronic conditions and diseases that obesity causes such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Since 2003 an Obesity Summit has been held annually in addition to other business group forums and conferences which give members the opportunity to share their experiences and proven solutions. The Institute also published issue briefs written by experts on pertinent weight-related topics. Tool kits have also been developed to help employers effectively and sensitively address obesity issues.

The Institute has also created web-based seminars on weight-related topics including Promoting Healthy Dining, Drug Therapy in the Management of Overweight and Employer Best Practices. There are also e-newsletters sent out quarterly, which are designed to share new materials and re-communicate existing tools.

Click here for more information on the Business Group on Health.  

Obesity Action Coalition
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The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is a more than 60,000 member-strong 501(c)(3) National non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to the individual affected by the disease of obesity and helping individuals along their journey toward better health through education, advocacy and support. Our core focuses are to raise awareness and improve access to the prevention and treatment of obesity, provide evidence-based education on obesity and its treatments, fight to eliminate weight bias and discrimination, elevate the conversation of weight and its impact on health and offer a community of support for the individual affected.

Click here for more information on the Obesity Action Coalition.

The Obesity Society
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The Obesity Society is the leading scientific organization dedicated to the study of obesity. The Obesity Society has been committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity and is keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances. The Obesity Society’s vision is to be the leader in understanding, preventing and treating obesity and in improving the lives of those affected. The Obesity Society’s membership comprises more than 2000 basic and clinical researchers, who have published extensively, and care providers in obesity treatment and prevention.

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Trust for America’s Health
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Trust for America’s Health is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes optimal health for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national priority. TFAH’s work is often focused on the antecedents of poor health and on prevention. TFAH develops reports and other resources and initiatives, and recommends policies, to advance an evidence-based public health system that is ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  Recent TFAH reports include ones on obesity, emergency preparedness, public health funding, national health priorities and the drug, alcohol and suicide crisis.

Trust for America’s Health issues an annual “State of Obesity” report that tracks the latest in obesity trends and policies. The report also offers evidence-based policy and program recommendations to help Americans eat healthier and provide more physical activity opportunities at every level of government.

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Associate Members add their voices to the substantive discussions related to the fight against obesity through inclusion in Alliance Task Forces, participation in public events, and internal communications.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE)

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE), founded in 1991, is a global, inclusive community of more than 5,700 endocrine-focused clinical members, affiliates and partners from every walk of professional life. AACE is a dynamic organization that continues to lead the way in the endocrine community with clinical knowledge and experience. Formerly known as the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, in 2020 they launched a new name and brand to further their mission, which is elevating the practice of clinical endocrinology to improve global health. AACE prides itself on translating the complex science of some of the world’s most serious, endemic and fast growing diseases in order to optimize patient care, collaborating to accelerate the implementation of evidence-based best practices, and proactively educating and communicating about endocrine diseases and the valuable role endocrinologists play in treating them.

Click here for more information on the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology.

American Academy of PA
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Founded in 1968, the American Academy of PAs is the national professional society for PAs. It represents a profession of more than 140,000 PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the uniformed services. AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. They work to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of PAs and enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare.

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Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. The Academy regards the prevention of obesity through a healthy lifestyle as a significant public health priority. The Academy and its members are dedicated to reducing the physical and economic costs of obesity and its related problems by providing all people with expert guidance that is personalized, practical and affordable.

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Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists
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The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists is a multidisciplinary association of healthcare professionals dedicated to integrating successful self-management as a key outcome in the care of people with diabetes and related conditions. Modern societal forces (an abundance of inexpensive high-calorie foods and high rates of sedentary activities), and constraining social determinants of health (including education, economic status, history and physical environments) have collided with obesity-related behavioral and biological factors and little-understood innate traits of individuals to usher in an 8-fold increase in diagnosed diabetes since 1958. This escalation of diabetes and pre-diabetes affects our social and economic conditions. The primary goal of diabetes education is to improve the health of those with diabetes, pre-diabetes and related conditions through education, community, and self-care initiatives. Diabetes Educators work toward this goal by providing knowledge and skill training, helping individuals identify barriers, and facilitating problem-solving and coping skills to achieve effective self-care behavior and behavior change through the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors(tm) – Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medication, Problem Solving, Healthy Coping, and Reducing Risks.

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American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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American Association of Nurse Practitioners was formed in 1985 as the first national organization created for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It is the largest and only full-service national professional membership organization for NPs and represents more than 189,000 NPs currently practicing in the United States. American Association of Nurse Practitioners continually advocates at the local, state and federal levels for the recognition of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, and personalized healthcare. They also work to provide nurse practitioners with a unified way to network and advocate for their issues. American Association of Nurse Practitioners has steadily expanded services to meet its mission to promote excellence in NP practice, education and research; shape the future of healthcare through advancing health policy; and, build a positive image of the NP role as a leader in the national and global healthcare community.

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American Board of Obesity Medicine
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The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by maintaining standards for assessment and credentialing physicians. Certification as an ABOM diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care. Established in 2011, the ABOM has grown rapidly and counts more than 2,600 certified physicians throughout the United States and Canada. Diplomates come from many fields of medicine including internal medicine, family medicine, endocrinology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, gastroenterology, and more.

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American College of Preventive Medicine
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The American College of Preventive Medicine is the national professional society for physicians committed to disease prevention and health promotion. American College of Preventive Medicine’s 2,500 members are engaged in preventive medicine practice, teaching and research. Many serve on committees and task forces and represent preventive medicine in national forums, contributing to the organization’s role as a major national resource of expertise in disease prevention and health promotion. Specialists in preventive medicine are uniquely trained in both clinical medicine and public health. They have the skills needed to understand and reduce the risks of disease, disability and death in individuals and in population groups. You can find preventive medicine trained physicians working in primary care settings and managed care organizations, in public health and government agencies, in workplaces and in academia.

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American College of Sports Medicine
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The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. The American College of Sports Medicine promotes and integrates scientific research, education and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health and quality of life. Working in a wide range of medical specialties, allied health professions, and scientific disciplines, members are committed to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise. From astronauts and athletes to people with chronic diseases or physical challenges, the American College of Sports Medicine continues to look for and find better methods to allow individuals to live longer and more productive lives. Healthy people make a healthier society.

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American College of Physicians
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The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a diverse community of internal medicine specialists and subspecialists united by a commitment to excellence. Internists apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. With 141,000 members, ACP is the largest medical-specialty society in the world. ACP and its physician members lead the profession in education, standard-setting, and the sharing of knowledge to advance the science and practice of internal medicine.

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American Council on Exercise®
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American Council on Exercise® (ACE ®) is a nonprofit organization committed to America’s health and wellbeing through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. ACE’s mission is to ensure people have access to well-qualified health and fitness professionals and health coaches, and science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity, so they may get active, establish healthy behavior, and live their most fit lives. ACE believes our nation needs a more prevention-centered way of caring for the health and wellness of its people, and safe, supervised physical activity must be a cornerstone.

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American Medical Women’s Association
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The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. The Association achieves this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and through building strategic alliances.

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American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) was founded in 1941 with the purpose of advancing patient care and digestive health. ASGE promotes excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy, provides the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and fosters endoscopic research. ASGE has over 15,000 members worldwide who have highly specialized training in endoscopic procedures of the digestive tract, including upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). ASGE is the only medical society that requires documentation of specific training in GI endoscopic procedures.

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American Society for Nutrition
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Founded in 1928, the American Society for Nutrition is dedicated to bringing together the world’s top nutrition research scientists to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition. American Society for Nutrition is a not-for-profit scientific society with over 7,000 members in more than 75 countries working in academia, practice, government and industry. It is also a constituent society of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Through translational research, American Society for Nutrition members are working to understand how obesity develops and negatively impacts the health of individuals. With this basic knowledge, members are developing and evaluating strategies to prevent obesity in individuals, to aid and maintain weight loss, and to identify and advocate for environmental and policy changes that best support a healthy weight in the U.S. population.

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Obesity Canada
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With nearly 10,000 professional members, Obesity Canada (formerly the Canadian Obesity Network) is the world’s largest organization working to change the way policy makers and health professionals approach obesity while improving public access to evidence-based prevention and treatment resources.

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OCEANS (Outreach, Community, Engagement, Advocacy, Non-discriminatory, Support)

OCEANS Lifestyles is a 501(c)3 non-profit that empowers adolescents on their weight management journey through themselves, their community, and society. OCEANS envisions young people who are empowered, active and confident in their healthy lifestyles and habits, a community that is aware and supportive of these healthy endeavors, and a society that is empathetic and understanding towards the complexities of obesity. OCEANS strives to provide resources and a community to teens, so that the healthy choice isn’t necessarily the least accessible, most expensive, and most difficult decision.

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Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC’s top organizational components include the Office of the Director, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and six Coordinating Centers/Offices. CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) protects the health of Americans at every stage of life by encouraging regular physical activity, good nutrition, and preventing adult and childhood obesity. The scope of DNPAO activities includes epidemiological and behavioral research, surveillance, training and education, intervention development, health promotion and leadership, policy and environmental change, communication and social marketing, and partnership development.

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Uriyoán Colón-Ramos, ScD, MPA
Uriyoán Colón-Ramos, ScD, MPA

Dr. Uriyoán Colón-Ramos is an Associate Professor and public health nutrition investigator in the Department of Global Health at the George Washington University with expertise working in Latin America and the Caribbean, and with minority populations in the United States. She is trilingual (Spanish, French and English) and has worked extensively in the field of nutrition in global health through collaborations with the Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud, the PanAmerican Health Organization, the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Costa Rica, the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública de Mexico, and the World Food Programme, among others. Her work has contributed to the knowledge of existing dietary disparities among Hispanic subgroups by country of origin, the process of translation of science into nutrition policy in Latin America, and the social and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors among vulnerable populations in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr. Colón-Ramos holds a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Cornell University. She obtained her doctorate in public health nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health under a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship. She was the recipient of a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow to complete her postdoctoral studies at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health in the United States. In 2004 the United Nations University named her an emerging leader in nutrition in Latin America. She is currently the co-Principal Investigator of Water UP! ( of the Avance Center Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health grant from the CDC, and the Principal Investigator of 'Water UP! Latino mothers and young children' and 'Shaping Our Kids’ Diets: Home and Neighborhood', and of studies that examine family environment, stress, and dietary risk factors for diabetes among Latinos/Hispanics. She collaborates in the diet and food environment assessment of the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN), a population-based cohort study in four islands of the Caribbean, to strengthen capacity for the design and implementation of actionable health outcomes in the Eastern Caribbean. Dr. Colón-Ramos brings a unique perspective rooted in sociology and policy to the field of nutritional sciences. She employs mixed methods to identify and understand the dietary determinants of underserved, at-risk populations, and to better inform nutrition policies and programs.

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Dr. Stephen Cook, MD, MPH
Dr. Stephen Cook, MD, MPH

Dr. Stephen Cook, MD, MPH, is dual trained in pediatric and adult-internal medicine. After completing his residency and a chief resident year in Buffalo NY, he joined the Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2001. He completed an academic pediatric fellowship there, during which time he focused on his research and clinical aspects on nutrition, physical activity, obesity and the metabolic complications that arise. He currently sees patients and teaches medical student and residents. Dr. Cook's research focuses on childhood and adolescent obesity from the perspective of epidemiologic research on cardiovascular risk factors to clinical studies on approaches to prevention and intervention.

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Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS
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The Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service is dedicated to improving and protecting the public health of the United States by addressing unmet health needs and providing support for its more than 7,000 members. The Commissioned Officers Association protects the interests of the Commissioned Corps officers of the U.S. Public Health Service, who are leaders in the realms of public and global health. Recent achievements in legislative advocacy include the Senate passing of amendments that will fix the Survivor Benefit Plan and provide for concurrent receipt of military retiree pay and VA disability compensation. The Association also provides educational opportunities such as the U.S. Public Health Service Professional Conference, held annually.

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The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) serves as a locus for interdisciplinary collaboration in the prevention of obesity through education and research. COPE supports and develops programs that promote healthy weight management and encourages lifestyles that reduce and prevent obesity-related diseases.

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The Endocrine Society
Endocrine Society

Founded in 1916, The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. The Society works to foster a greater understanding of endocrinology among the general public and practitioners of complementary medical disciplines and to promote the interests of all endocrinologists at the national scientific research and health policy levels of government.

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The Gerontological Society of America
Gerontological Society of America

The mission of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is to cultivate excellence in interdisciplinary aging research to advance innovations in practice and policy. GSA’s 5,400 members include gerontologists, health professionals, behavioral & social scientists, biologists, demographers, economists, and many other disciplines. These experts study all facets of aging with a life-course orientation. The multidisciplinary nature of the GSA membership is a valued strength, enabling the Society to provide a 360-degree perspective on the issues facing our population as we age. GSA is advancing major initiatives related to improving adult immunization rates, earlier detection of cognitive impairment, improving oral, hearing, and vision health, framing our language to improve the public’s understanding of aging, and understanding the impact of the longevity economy. GSA is committed to raising awareness of the chronic medical condition of overweight and obesity in older adults.  We provide tools and resources to appropriately care for older adults to improve their overall health.

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Global Liver Institute

The Global Liver Institute (GLI) is the collaboration and innovation platform for the liver community worldwide. The GLI serves the liver community by: (1) Increasing the voice for liver issues in the global public health conversation; (2)Facilitating collaborative approaches and knowledge–sharing among patient advocates, policymakers, regulators, public health officials, clinicians and researchers in liver disease and therapeutic areas relevant to liver disease (e.g. HIV, IBD, cancer) and (3) Attracting and highlighting innovation, particularly digital/technical innovation, to challenges faced by liver patients.

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Healthcare Leadership Council
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The Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare, is the exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans. Healthcare Leadership Council believes that preventing overweight and obesity and related chronic diseases plays an important role in improving health and making the most efficient use of healthcare expenditures. Healthcare Leadership Council promotes the importance of prevention and chronic care management as a core component of healthcare delivery, the need for new approaches that result in savings as counted by the Congressional Budget Office, and the inclusion of chronic care management and wellness as critical components of health reform.

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HealthyWomen, a national, nonprofit organization, is the nation’s leading independent health information source for women. For more than 20 years, HealthyWomen’s unbiased and accurate health and wellness information has earned the trust of both women and health care professionals.

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Institute for Health and Productivity Management
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The Institute for Health and Productivity Management is a global enterprise devoted to establishing the value of employee health as an investment in human capital and organizational performance. The Institute’s Workplace Center for Metabolic Health was created specifically to address obesity and its metabolic and cardiovascular co-morbidities of diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemias, which collectively cost the nation tens of billions of dollars in direct medical expense and lost productivity. Obesity has superseded smoking as the nation’s Public Health Enemy Number One, and the workplace is an ideal setting in which to begin stemming the tide of this modern epidemic.

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International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
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International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA is committed to taking a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and disease. IHRSA supports affective national initiatives to promote more active lifestyles for all Americans and is working to pass laws that will help affect societal changes toward a healthier, more prosperous America.

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Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health
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The Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health (JIWH) was founded in 1990 and became part of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in 2006. JIWH works to continuously improve the health care of women across their lifespan and in all populations. JIWH promotes environments where an interdisciplinary audience, including health care professionals, researchers, policymakers, consumers and advocates come together to discuss ways to advance women’s health. JIWH publishes Women’s Health Issues (WHI), a leading peer-reviewed, bimonthly, multidisciplinary journal that publishes scholarly research manuscripts related to women’s health services and policy.

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Joslin Diabetes Center
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Joslin Diabetes Center, a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a one-of-a-kind institution on the front lines of the world epidemic of diabetes — leading the battle to conquer diabetes in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to clinical care and education. Overweight and obesity are the major health problems that contribute to the development and progression of type 2 diabetes. Weight management in patients with diabetes is critical to optimal diabetes care and overall health. Proper use of new and evolving knowledge is important to implementing a successful multidisciplinary diabetes and weight management program which allows novel and effective clinical practice strategies. The goal being the proper prevention and management of the dual obesity and diabetes to minimize the cardiovascular risk and the risk for other medical problems associated with them.

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MedTech Coalition for Metabolic Health
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The MedTech Coalition for Metabolic Health (MCMH) is a diverse group of organizations who have come together to change how the nation perceives and approaches our country’s challenges to metabolic health, including diabetes and obesity. MCMH intends to effect change by educating and advocating for public policies and increased funding for obesity education, research, treatment, and care. The vision of the coalition is to influence change in the US health care system, and to urge policymakers to recognize that metabolic diseases like obesity are complex and chronic and deserve to be treated seriously in the same fashion as other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer. People affected by obesity require access to the same medically necessary and covered treatment avenues afforded to all others who suffer from chronic disease.

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Michael Long, Sc.D, MPH
Michael Long, Sc.D, MPH

Dr. Long is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health.Dr. Long is also Affiliated Faculty at the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness and an Associate at the Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools. Dr. Long conducts research at the intersection of epidemiology and quantitative policy analysis with the goal of identifying cost-effective and politically feasible policy solutions to promote community health. His work over the past decade has focused on identifying policy approaches to reversing the obesity epidemic in the United States. Dr. Long is also a Collaborating Mentor at the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to joining the faculty at GW in 2015, Dr. Long was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health focused on obesity epidemiology and cost-effectiveness analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center. He earned his Doctor of Science degree in 2013 from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Master of Public Health degree from the Yale School of Public Health, where he worked at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Princeton University.

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National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasers
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The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) is the only nonprofit, purchaser-led organization with a national and regional structure dedicated to driving health and healthcare value across the country. Its members represent private and public sector, nonprofit and Taft-Hartley organizations, and more than 45 million Americans, spending over $300 billion annually on healthcare. The National Alliance has developed a multi-faceted approach to engage multiple stakeholders in addressing obesity. This initiative has a longer-term focus of producing meaningful impact in the health of our populations through education, policy, population/community health, and treatment. An online portal was developed to share resources and best practices. 

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Karina Lora, PhD, RD
Karina Lora, PhD, RD

Dr. Lora joined the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at The George Washington University in August of 2018. Dr. Lora is a community/public health nutritionist with a long standing record of working with undeserved multicultural populations. Dr. Lora research focuses broadly on childhood obesity prevention in minority populations. One of Dr. Lora’s research goals is to understand the individual, behavioral, and home environmental factors that influence dietary patterns of family members to develop and implement interventions that are culturally relevant for success. Dr. Lora has a strong interest in integrating teaching and research to provide students with pedagogical approaches that enhance their learning outcomes, cultural competence skills, and awareness of social issues while benefiting communities by evaluating community/public health programs to improve their delivery and impact. Prior to joining The George Washington University, Dr. Lora was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Researcher at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and a Faculty Specialist at the University of Maryland.

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Dr. Lisa Martin, GW School of Medicine
Lisa Warsinger Martin, MD

Lisa Warsinger Martin, MD, FACC is a faculty member in the Division of Cardiology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Healthcare Sciences. Dr. Martin joined the faculty of the George Washington University (GW) in 2007. In 2008, Dr. Martin took over as the Principle Investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), GW site. Dr. Martin has been active in the WHI organization since that time, and has been on the Publication and Presentation Committee to review new proposals and articles. She has also participated in writing proposals and papers with regard to women’s cardiovascular health. Dr. Martin also became the Lipid Clinic director at The GW Medical Faculty Associates when she joined the faculty in 2007. She has taken care of patients with difficult lipid problems, intolerance to statins, and has advised patients as to whether they should be on lipid therapy. Dr. Martin also teaches medical students, particularly in learning how to interact with patients.

Melissa Napolitano, PhD
Melissa Napolitano, PhD

Dr. Napolitano is a Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Exercise Science. Trained as a clinical health psychologist, Dr. Napolitano has expertise in adapting face-to-face treatment content for dissemination via different delivery channels. Her work specifically focuses on physical activity promotion, weight loss, and prevention of weight gain (e.g., among college students, following smoking cessation). She is particularly interested in the developmental life stage of emerging adulthood and contributing to the understanding of the formation of positive eating and exercise behaviors, as well as eating disorder risk behaviors. She currently is the PI of a two-site R01 (DK 100916) examining the efficacy of digital strategies, including Facebook and text messaging for promoting weight management among young adults. Dr. Napolitano is a consultant to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee (PAGAC), specifically working with the Physical Activity Promotion Subcommittee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, and most recently completed leadership as Chair of the the Physical Activity Special Interest Group for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She serves in review and editorial capacities as a standing member of the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section and Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Prior to joining GWU in 2012, Dr. Napolitano served on the faculties of Brown Medical School and Temple University where she was also a research scientist at the Center for Obesity Research and Education. Dr. Napolitano's research, which includes a blend of face-to-face contacts and technological components, has high translation potential and is well-suited for developing multidisciplinary partnerships.

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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association, founded in 1988 to link the chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory to provide a national forum for chronic disease prevention and control efforts. Since its founding, NACDD has made impressive strides in mobilizing national efforts to reduce chronic diseases and the associated risk factors. NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventative policies and programs, encouraging knowledge sharing and developing partnerships for health promotion. NACDD supports different Councils, Interest Groups and Work Groups focusing on physical activity, healthy nutrition, and obesity and other diseases. These include: Arthritis, Breast & Cervical Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Comprehensive Cancer, Diabetes, Health Disparities, Healthy Aging, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Pacific Islands, Physical Activity, Physicians, School Health, Tobacco Control Network, Vision & Eye Health, and Women’s Health. Each addresses the unique aspects of specific chronic diseases to advance prevention and control efforts in those areas as well as professional development for chronic disease staff with common program interests.

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National Association of Social Workers
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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the United States, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. Across health care settings, social workers are part of interprofessional care delivery teams that help patients with complex needs navigate medical and social supports. The social work profession promotes well-being and social workers serve vulnerable populations with chronic physical and mental conditions. Social workers work as private practitioners and are employed in a variety of health care settings. They provide psychosocial support to patients and families and clinical social workers provide clinical assessment and treatment for mental health conditions.

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National Black Nurses Association
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The National Black Nurses Association was established to provide a forum for collective action by African-American nurses to investigate, define and determine what the health care needs of African Americans are and to implement change to make health care commensurate with that of the larger society available to African Americans and other minorities. The National Black Nurses Association represents more than 150,000 African-American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the United States, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 79 chartered chapters, in 34 states. In 2008, the National Black Nurses Association launched its National Obesity Initiative to help stem the tide of chronic diseases caused by obesity and lack of exercise among African-American nurses.

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The Ohio State University
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The Ohio State University’s vision is to be the world’s healthiest university. Ohio State’s One University Health & Wellness Council (established 2011) operationalizes this dream by bringing together all health and wellness activities (e.g., healthcare delivery, academic, HR and Student Life, research, etc.) at the university to promote a comprehensive, strategic and unified effort to advance health promotion and wellness for all. Ohio State launched three major discovery themes in 2012 that will help shape our institutional research efforts: health & wellness is prime among them, in addition to food production & security, and energy & environment. The University also conducted the nation’s First National Summit on Building Healthy Academic Communities (April 2013) with attendance of more than 300 leaders from 93 institutions of higher learning across the country, followed by the founding of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, which aims to promote population health and wellness for the 33 million students, faculty and staff who live, study and/or work on American college campuses and their surrounding communities.

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OsteoArthritis Action Alliance
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The Osteoarthritis (OA) Action Alliance is a national coalition of concerned organizations mobilized by the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This coalition is committed to elevating OA as a national health priority and promoting effective policy solutions that aim to address the individual and national toll of OA. In addition, the OA Action Alliance, with the public health community, is working to ensure people with OA have the access, skills and capacity to benefit from effective and proven interventions.

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Pennington Biomedical Research Center
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LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center puts science to work for a healthier Louisiana. A world research leader, their mission is to discover the triggers of chronic diseases through innovative research that improves human health across the lifespan. At the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the causes of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia, Pennington Biomedical is a campus of Louisiana State University and conducts basic, clinical and population research. The research enterprise at the center includes approximately 63 faculty and more than 18 post-doctoral fellows who comprise a network of 44 laboratories supported by lab technicians, nurses, dietitians and support personnel, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities.

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Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association is the leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing and managing cardiovascular disease. Our members are nurses and nurse practitioners that assess risk, facilitate lifestyle changes, and guide individuals to achieve treatment goals at clinics, hospitals and universities across the country. The current state of health care demands that nurses and advanced practice nurses play a leading role in identifying and implementing cardiovascular risk reduction strategies. PCNA is committed to supporting nurses so they may successfully rise to this challenge. We educate and support nurses through the development of professional and patient education, leadership, and advocacy.

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Primary Care Metabolic Group
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The Primary Care Metabolic Group (PCMG) is a national educational initiative providing comprehensive metabolic disease education. PCMG’s mission is to provide a representative forum for primary care clinicians involved in metabolic disease management and raise standards of patient care through the dissemination of best practices, education programs, and communication among members.

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UNIDOS US (formerly National Council of La Raza) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States – works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, the Council reaches millions of Hispanics across the U.S. UNIDOS’s health programs are housed in the Institute of Hispanic Health (IHH). IHH is dedicated to reducing the incidence, burden and impact of health problems in Hispanic Americans. IHH is dedicated to delivering quality health interventions that focus on the improvement of access to and use of health promotion and disease prevention programs. IHH is committed to providing technical assistance and science-based approaches that are culturally competent and linguistically appropriate.

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National Hispanic Medical Association
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The National Hispanic Medical Association, a non-profit association representing 36,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States, was established in 1994 to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations. As a rapidly growing national resource based in Washington, D.C., National Hispanic Medical Association provides policymakers and health care providers with expert information and support in strengthening health service delivery to Hispanic communities across the nation. The National Hispanic Medical Association is targeting obesity as a major health concern for Hispanics and other underserved populations and has recently undertaken an initiative that calls for a national education campaign on diabetes and obesity in conjunction with their medical societies in New York, Texas and California. They also created a health portal,, to provide important information on obesity, diabetes and other critical health issues.

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Obesity Medicine Association
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The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) is the largest organization of clinicians dedicated to preventing, treating, and reversing the disease of obesity. Through unique, accredited educational resources, collaboration, and thought leadership, OMA members continue to advance the practice of obesity medicine and deliver evidence-based treatments. OMA believes that sustained results – brought about by comprehensive, individualized treatment plans – improves overall health and provides hope for those affected by obesity. To learn about the Obesity Algorithm, OMA’s primary free resource for helping health care providers navigate the different approaches to obesity treatment, click here.

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Raymond A. Wood Foundation
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The Raymond A. Wood Foundation (RAWF) is a parent-led patient advocacy organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of hypothalamic-pituitary brain tumor patients and survivors. These tumors, most notably craniopharyngioma, affect children and adults and treatments can cause significant long-term comorbidities including hypothalamic obesity, a devastating disorder that is characterized by hyperphagia and ongoing weight gain that is unresponsive to lifestyle changes and currently has no FDA approved treatment. RAWF acts as the patient voice in research for these tumors and is working to raise awareness of improving tumor treatment to mitigate these long-term conditions.

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Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
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The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to promoting solutions to childhood obesity, poor diet, and weight bias through research and policy. The Rudd Center serves as a leader in building broad-based consensus to change diet and activity patterns, while holding industry and government agencies responsible for safeguarding public health. The Center serves as a leading research institution and clearinghouse for resources that add to our understanding of the complex forces affecting how we eat, how we stigmatize people with obesity, and how we can change.

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Jennifer Sacheck, Ph.D., FACSM
Jennifer Sacheck, Ph.D.

Jennifer Sacheck, Ph.D., FACSM is the Sanofi Professor of Prevention and Wellness & Chair, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Sacheck’s research focuses on the impact of both diet and physical activity on health outcomes, with an emphasis on pediatric health disparities. Her research has spanned laboratory studies to community-based engagement where she translates the latest science on nutrition and physical activity into real world applicability. Dr. Sacheck was an appointed member of the Institute of Medicine’s committee on Fitness and Health Outcomes in Youth and is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, where she actively participates on advisory committees on national health policy and youth sports and health initiatives.

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Society of Behavioral Medicine
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The Society of Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization of clinicians, educators, and scientists dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, and the application of that knowledge to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations. Developments in healthcare reform demonstrate how scientific advances influence the health of the nation and provide exciting opportunities for Society of Behavioral Medicine to achieve their vision of better health through behavior change. The SBM Board has identified areas where their Society could contribute, at the public policy level, to improving health through advances in behavioral medicine and obesity prevention is one such area.

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Allison Sylvetsky Meni, PhD
Dr. Sylvetsky Meni

Dr. Sylvetsky Meni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and is Director of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science undergraduate degree program. She is also affiliated faculty at the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness and a Special Volunteer at the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Sylvetsky Meni joined the Milken Institute School of Public Health as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Spring 2014 and transitioned to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in February 2016. Prior to joining the GW faculty, Dr. Sylvetsky Meni was a post-doctoral fellow in the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch of NIDDK in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), before which she completed her doctorate in Nutrition and Health Science from Emory University. Dr. Sylvetsky Meni's research focuses broadly on obesity and diabetes in youth. Her primary research interests are in studying the consumption and health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages and low-calorie (artificial) sweeteners. She also studies the role of early life dietary exposures on future weight and health, as well as the role of the diet in the prevention and management of diabetes in youth.

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World Obesity Federation
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World Obesity Federation represents professional members of the scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations. Through its membership World Obesity Federation creates a global community of organizations dedicated to solving the problems of obesity. Its mission is to lead and drive global efforts to reduce, prevent and treat obesity.

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Interested in becoming a member of the STOP obesity alliance? Email us at [email protected].

Corporate Members offer valuable industry expertise and support for STOP's research activities at various membership levels.

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Novo Nordisk is working to change how the world sees, prevents and treats obesity.


About Novo Nordisk

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Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to create medicines that make life better for people around the world.

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Breakthroughs that change patients’ lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Boehringer Ingelheim is working on breakthrough therapies that transform lives, today and for generations to come.                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Amgen is one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, deeply rooted in science and innovation to transform new ideas and discoveries into medicines for patients with serious illnesses.

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WW (Weight Watchers) is inspiring healthy habits for real life. For people, families, communities, the world—for everyone.                                                                                                                                                                                          

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At Currax, we challenge ourselves to think differently.                                                               


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Wondr is a human-centered solution turned digital that has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people over the past 30 years.                                                            About Wondr

A clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel peptide-based therapeutics for the treatment of obesity and liver diseases.  

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Found is dedicated to improving people’s overall wellbeing by making evidence based weight loss accessible & affordable for all.                                                             

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Corporate Membership Levels

Thought Leadership Partner

Thought Leadership Partner

A Thought Leadership Partner receives all corporate member benefits listed below, and in addition, is a voting member of the STOP Obesity Alliance Steering Committee. A Thought Leadership Partner will receive exclusive invitations to participate in Alliance meetings, roundtables, and private research briefings, many of which coincide with the release of STOP research and reports. Each Partnership will be responsive to your organization’s goals. Thought Leadership Partner members are invited to collaborate with STOP leadership on events and meetings based on shared policy interests.

Opportunities will be available for multiple representatives from an organization’s headquarters to engage with the full range of issues that are of interest to them and be a part of a network of leaders and researchers.

Corporate Member

Corporate Member: $25,000

  • Recognition as a STOP Corporate Member (logo, company name, link, description) in the Partners section on the STOP Obesity Alliance website
  • Name recognition on printed materials about the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Recognition in STOP Obesity digital communications, including the monthly e-newsletter, which reaches approximately 2,000 readers each month
  • Recognition in the annual report that evaluates progress of the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Logo recognition at events hosted by the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Recognition in select publications (reports, white papers, invitations) issued by the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Participate in an annual STOP Corporate Members Meeting to discuss STOP’s direction and progress
  • Contribute ideas and content, as well as share company-related information through STOP’s e-newsletter and website
  • Invitation to all STOP Obesity Alliance public events
  • Opportunity to invite STOP leaders and experts to company’s events or to meet with company’s leadership at annual meetings
  • Access to STOP Obesity Alliance-created materials and opportunity to share them with stakeholders
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the Alliance Steering Committee
  • Join STOP membership meetings including the Steering Committee and full member meetings
  • Recommend new partners for membership
  • Contribute ideas for future research projects as well as support the development of initiatives and consensus-based documents through participation in roundtable discussions and research meetings
Corporate Patron

Corporate Patron: $10,000

  • Recognition as a STOP Corporate Patron (logo, company name, link, description) in the Partners section on the STOP Obesity Alliance website
  • Name recognition on printed materials about the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Recognition in STOP Obesity digital communications, including the monthly e-newsletter, which reaches approximately 2,000 readers each month
  • Recognition in the annual report that evaluates progress of the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Logo recognition at events hosted by the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Recognition in select publications (reports, white papers, invitations) issued by the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Participate in an annual STOP Corporate Members Meeting to discuss STOP’s direction and progress
  • Contribute ideas and content, as well as share company-related information through STOP’s e-newsletter and website
  • Invitation to all STOP Obesity Alliance public events
  • Opportunity to invite STOP leaders and experts to company’s events or to meet with company’s leadership at annual meetings Access to STOP Obesity Alliance-created materials and opportunity to share them with stakeholders
Corporate Friend

Corporate Friend: $5,000

  • Recognition as a STOP Corporate Friend (logo, company name, link, description) in the Partners section on the STOP Obesity Alliance website
  • Name recognition on printed materials about the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Recognition in STOP Obesity digital communications, including the monthly e-newsletter, which reaches approximately 2,000 readers each month
  • Recognition in the annual report that evaluates progress of the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Logo recognition at events hosted by the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Recognition in select publications (reports, white papers, invitations) issued by the STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Invitation to all STOP Obesity Alliance public events
  • Opportunity to invite STOP leaders to meet with company’s leadership at annual meetings

Interested in becoming a member of the STOP obesity alliance? Email us at [email protected] or click here to download a PDF about STOP's Corporate Membership Program.