THURSDAY, AUGUST 10

Schedule subject to change

General Events
10:30 am - 05:00 pm
Registration Open
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Special Sessions
01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
OAC Thursday Training Sessions

The OAC offers two unique opportunities for registered Convention attendees to attend a training session on Thursday, August 10. These sessions are designed to allow attendees to experience the many ways they can be an advocate, whether it’s through influencing the legislative process or making a difference in your community and the cause of obesity. Attendees can choose to attend one of the sessions offered: “ENGAGE! Discover the Power of Your Voice,” OR the “OAC’s National Advocacy Training.” Both sessions are FREE to registered Convention attendees, offer limited space and pre-registration is required. Details for each session may be found below:

ENGAGE! Discover the Power of Your Voice
This interactive, hands-on session will help guide you on getting involved in the cause through the OAC. This session is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the OAC, has a desire to raise their voice, and wants to become further engaged in the OAC’s efforts. If you have found yourself asking, “How Can I Get Involved?,” then this session is for YOU!

For more information about this session, please click the "Read More" link to the right.

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OAC National Advocacy Training
The OAC hosts a National Advocacy Training Session each year to train our next set of advocates with a desire to influence the legislative process. This session is designed for attendees who have an interest in learning more about the legislative process or want to explore the ways they can make a difference through legislative advocacy on the local, state and federal levels. During this training session, you will learn from the OAC's Policy Consultant and other OAC leaders about how to be an effective advocate for change. And before it's over, you will have the opportunity to put your newly-learned advocacy skills to use during mock legislative visits and experience advocating for obesity awareness, access to obesity treatments and much more!

For more information about this session, please click the "Read More" link to the right.

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OAC Thursday Training Sessions

ENGAGE! Discover the Power of Your Voice
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“ENGAGE! Discover the Power of Your Voice” is an interactive, hands-on session to help guide you on getting involved in the cause through the OAC. This session is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the OAC, has a desire to raise their voice and wants to become further engaged in the OAC’s efforts. If you have found yourself asking, “How Can I Get Involved?,” then this session is for YOU!

The OAC was founded upon the mission to elevate and empower individuals affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. Each of the three pillars of the OAC’s mission is integral to the organization, and YOU are the key to carrying out these important elements of the OAC! We all have a story, and it’s in sharing that story that we can make a difference together. In this session, you will explore each of the pillars of the OAC’s mission, learn what the OAC does each and every day to help those affected, and how you can join in our efforts to make a difference! This session will teach you how to effectively share yourself with others and give you the tools needed to immediately begin making a difference in the cause.

This session is available to all registered OAC Convention attendees and pre-registration is required. Space is limited to the first 75 attendees who sign-up in advance. To sign-up for this session, please complete the Special Event Add-on Section on the Convention Registration form to secure your spot.

OAC National Advocacy Training Session
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The OAC hosts a National Advocacy Training Session each year to train our next set of advocates with a desire to influence the legislative process. This year, we are pleased to integrate components to the session that not only equip attendees with the tools to represent the OAC on Capitol Hill, but also in your state and local communities. This session is designed for attendees who have an interest in learning more about the legislative process or want to explore the ways they can make a difference through legislative advocacy on the local, state and federal levels. During this training session, you will learn from the OAC's Policy Consultant and other OAC leaders about how to be an effective advocate for change. And before it's over, you will have the opportunity to put your newly-learned advocacy skills to use during mock legislative visits and experience advocating for obesity awareness, access to obesity treatments and much more!

This session is available to all registered OAC Convention attendees and pre-registration is required. Space is limited to the first 50 attendees who sign-up in advance. To sign-up for this session, please complete the Special Event Add-on Section on the Convention Registration form to secure your spot.

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Special Event
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Convention Attendee and Exhibitor Welcome Reception
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Convention Attendee and Exhibitor Welcome Reception

Meet-up and get to know your fellow attendees and exhibitors on Thursday evening before the Convention kicks-off and enjoy light refreshments with the Grand Opening of the Your Weight Matters Healthy Living EXPO Hall! All registered attendees are invited to take advantage of a fun and casual atmosphere and the opportunity to visit the exhibits before the official start of the meeting. This is a FREE event for all registered Convention attendees.

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