Be Part of the Obesity Action Coalition’s Your Weight Matters Convention

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  • YWM 2013 Your Weight Matters National Convention



    Do you have questions concerning your weight and overall health? Well, you may get all of those questions answered at the 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention (YWM 2013). Sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), YWM 2013 takes place August 15-18 in Phoenix, AZ.


    Rise to the Challenge: YWM 2013


    Weight and health go hand-in-hand; however, individuals affected by excess weight or obesity are often exposed to a variety of misinformation. Last year, in an effort to help individuals understand how their weight impacts their health, the OAC hosted the Inaugural Your Weight Matters Convention. More than 275 attendees received evidence-based education on weight and health. This year, the OAC encourages individuals to “Rise to the Challenge” at YWM 2013.

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    YWM 2013 Agenda


    Educational sessions will offer information on understanding your weight-loss options, weight management, food addiction, metabolic and bariatric surgery, weight bias, childhood obesity, stress and its impact on weight, technology and weight, and more. Sessions include:

    • The Roller Coaster of Life: Major Events that Impact a Woman's Weight
    • Home is Where Health Begins: Creating a Healthy Home Environment
    • Planning, Shopping, and Dining: Practical Tactics for Good Nutrition
    • Your Life-Long Journey - Understanding Your Weight Loss Options
    • Who's Looking Back at You in the Mirror? Improving Self-Perception
    • Understanding and Managing Food Addiction

    Read the full agenda on the YWM 2013 website


    YWM 2013 Special Events


    A special 4-hour Advocacy Training Session is offered at no cost on August 15th. The Advocacy Training Session will help you to become an effective advocate to impact change for those effected by obesity. The training is limited to 100 people and includes:

    • In-depth look at the advocacy process
    • Opportunity to participate in mock “Day on the Hill” visits with real legislators and staffers
    • Tips on how to talk to elected officials

    On August 16th and 17th, attendees will have the opportunity to interact in a small group with an expert on the topic of their choice during Lunch with the Experts. There are 16 different lunch table topics, with spots for eight attendees at each table. The Lunch with the Experts event is a separate fee from Convention registration ($15/day). View the conference agenda to see all the different topics available.


    Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in the Phoenix Walk from Obesity on August 18th.


    Registration prices start at $95. For more information on the Convention, please visit To view the Convention’s official Facebook event page, please visit


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Published On: March 23, 2013