FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

Schedule subject to change

General Events
07:00 am - 07:45 am
Fri. Morning Group Exercise Classes & Walks/Runs
(Included with Convention Registration)

Morning Walks/Run
Join your fellow attendees for a walk/run in New Orleans! Each morning, volunteers lead walks/runs for fellow attendees, with different distance and pace groups offered. Complete details on meet-up location and logistics will be provided closer to the event!

Group Exercise Classes Planned for Friday Morning:

  • Aquafit
  • Yoga
  • Beginner Circuit

Classes are subject to change. All sign-ups for exercise classes take place onsite. Check back for additional details!

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Fri. Morning Group Exercise Classes & Walks/Runs
(Included with Convention Registration)

Morning Walks/Run
Join your fellow attendees for a walk/run in New Orleans! Each morning, volunteers lead walks/runs for fellow attendees, with different distance and pace groups offered. Complete details on meet-up location and logistics will be provided closer to the event!

Group Exercise Classes Planned for Friday Morning:

  • Aquafit
  • Yoga
  • Beginner Circuit

Classes are subject to change. All sign-ups for exercise classes take place onsite. Check back for additional details!

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07:00 am - 05:00 pm
Registration Open
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Registration Open
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07:30 am - 05:15 pm
EXPO Hall Open
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EXPO Hall Open
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07:45 am - 09:15 am
Breakfast in EXPO Hall
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Breakfast in EXPO Hall

Grab a bite to eat in the Convention EXPO Hall and visit the vendors first-thing in the morning!

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Friday General Sessions
09:00 am - 09:45 am
Event Welcome - The Power of Coming Together: The Harm of Accepting Weight Bias

Presented by: Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA and Michelle Vicari - Featuring Scott Kahan, MD, MPH

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Event Welcome - The Power of Coming Together: The Harm of Accepting Weight Bias

Don’t miss the official kick-off to the Convention where we will adequately set the stage for a weekend of education, connections and inspirations you won’t forget! And what better way to start things off than with our Opening Keynote Presenter, Dr. Scott Kahan – one of the leading experts and thought-leaders in obesity medicine who also happens to double as one of the most passionate advocates for individuals with obesity. Our opening session will focus on “The Power of Coming Together,” which is a message that will resonate throughout the entire weekend.

But, when we talk about coming together as a community, one of the main reasons we MUST do this is because it’s time to stand-up to weight bias, and Dr. Kahan is going to tell you WHY and HOW this affects your weight management journey! He’s also going to present compelling research he’s conducted illustrating the connection of external events to our emotional reactions and health outcomes. Dr. Kahan is a strong proponent in the belief that obesity care must go beyond weight management, and you will come away inspired to be a part of this movement!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetAmber Huett-Garcia, MPA
Amber Huett-Garcia is a six year post-op surgical patient and the Chairwoman of the OAC’s National Board of Directors. Ms. Huett Garcia also served as the first chair of the Convention Planning Committee, holding this position for two years. Ms. Huett-Garcia is the Director of Development and Public Affairs with Teach For America - Memphis.

 


Shelly VicariMichelle Vicari

Michelle Vicari is a 10-year postoperative gastric bypass patient, maintaining her 158-pound weight-loss. Ms. Vicari is well known for her popular blog and Facebook page, “The World According to Eggface,” where she shares her weight-loss journey and supports individuals on theirs. Ms. Vicari’s healthy recipes and post bariatric surgery lifestyle tips have been featured on television, in magazines, and in numerous hospital newsletters and Web sites. Ms. Vicari is a member of the OAC National Board of Directors and is Chair of the OAC Convention Planning Committee.

Scott Kahan, MD, MPHScott Kahan, MD, MPH
Dr. Scott Kahan is a physician trained in both clinical medicine and public health. Dr. Kahan serves as Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, Medical Director of the George Washington University Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, and is also on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). In addition to his service on the OAC National Board of Directors, Dr. Kahan is also co-chair of the 2017 Convention Program Agenda Committee.

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09:50 am - 10:30 am
Changing My Weight Destiny: Can I Choose a Diet that Better Matches My Biology?

Presented by: Christopher Gardner, PhD

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Changing My Weight Destiny: Can I Choose a Diet that Better Matches My Biology?

You mean to tell me that I could possible choose a diet that matches my genetics and biology? Ok… I’m listening! Yes, Dr. Chris Gardner, landmark nutrition scientist, has studied this and will present his findings of a recent weight-loss diet trial that investigated whether genetic or metabolic predisposition can actually help to prescribe different approaches to weight-loss to different individuals. So, rather than asking, "which diet is best,” the study was designed to ask, “which diet is best for whom?” Want to know the results? Well, you have to attend to find out!

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Christopher Gardner, PhD
Dr. Christopher Gardner has a PhD in Nutrition Science and is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. His research is focused on two key areas - identifying what people can eat and drink, as well as what they should avoid and limit to optimize their health; and identifying the forces and factors that can successfully motivate people to improve their food and beverage choices. Three of his recent randomized weight-loss diet studies have collectively involved more than 1,000 participants, providing him with data to examine many of the controversies in this important research area.
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Break – Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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Break – Visit EXPO Hall Vendors

Take a walk through the EXPO Hall and sample products and learn about services in the weight management industry. Our vendors LOVE to give away stuff - so be sure you bring an extra bag/suitcase! Plus, we will serve beverages in the EXPO Hall to quench your thirst at just the right time!

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11:05 am - 11:15 am
10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo
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10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo

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11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Understanding Your Body’s Response to Exercise and Hunger: Creating a Personal Prescription

Presented by: Tim Church, MD, MPH, PhD

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Understanding Your Body’s Response to Exercise and Hunger: Creating a Personal Prescription

Can too much exercise actually make you gain weight? Well, the truth is in the data! Dr. Tim Church will join the Convention stage for a second time and present the latest research that will dive into better understanding your body’s response to physical activity and its impact on your eating behaviors. In addition, Dr. Church will also uncover the data behind the evidence supporting physical activity and weight lifting recommendations for general health and weight-loss. Ever want to figure out what this all really means? Yeah… us, too! So, let’s find out together!

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Tim Church, MD, MPH, PhD
Dr. Tim Church currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of ACAP Health Consulting where he helps identify and develop solutions that can reduce total health care spend of employers. In addition, Dr. Church is an adjunct professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and continues to maintain an active research program.
12:15 pm - 01:30 pm
Fri. Lunch with the Experts (ticketed event)

1. Ready, Set, Go! Starting Your Weight Management Journey - Holly Lofton, MD

2. Open Minds: Why You Should Consider Surgical and Device Treatments - Walter Medlin, MD, FACS

3. Staying on Track with My Weight: Entering the Maintenance Phase –
Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, FTOS

4. An Open Discussion about Transfer Addiction –
Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD

5. Beyond the Mirror: Seeing is Not Always Believing - Nanette Adams, MEd, LPC

6. Getting back in the Saddle: Addressing Weight Regain - James A. Leithead, III, MD

7. Plant-based Diets… from the Ground-up- Marian Vigo, MSPH, RDN, LDN

8. Spreading the Message: OAC Resources for Support Group Leaders - Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN

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Fri. Lunch with the Experts (ticketed event)

Lunch with the Experts is one of the most popular special events at Convention. The Lunch with the Expert sessions take place on Friday and Saturday and invite attendees to sit one-on-one with an expert about a topic that is most important to them. There are eight spots available at each table, with 8 topics to choose from each day. This Special Event is an additional $18/day, and attendees can select one lunch table topic on each day and have a more intimate discussion about their topic of interest. This is a 75-minute session.

Registration for this Special Event is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will pre-select their lunch table topic when registering for the Convention. Lunch is included in the ticket fee. Please note that if you participate in this event you will not be able to participate in the Coffee with the Experts sessions, as the times overlap.

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12:45 pm - 01:30 pm
NEW EVENT! - Coffee Break with the Experts (ticketed event)

1. There’s a First Time for Everything: YWM2017 New Attendees UNITE! - Rob Portinga

2. Your Role in Defeating Weight Bias: Learn How You Can Help - Patty Nece, JD

3. Childhood Obesity: Finding the Right Care and Support- Sophie Lanciers, MD

4. Seeking Treatment? Understanding the Insurance Process - Sarah M. Bramblette, MSHL

5. DIY: Creating a Local Support Network - Jaime Fivecoat, MBA

6. Women, Weight and Hormones: Piecing it Together - Paula Licciardi, FNP

7. Tips and Tricks for Staying on Track in Social Situations - Michelle Vicari

8. Minimizing Your Fear as Your Surgery Date Comes Near - Laura Boyer, BSN, RN, CBN

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NEW EVENT! - Coffee Break with the Experts (ticketed event)

Coffee with the Experts is one of the newest additions to the Convention agenda this year and invites you to grab coffee and sit with an expert about a topic important to you. As an extension of the popular Lunch with the Experts Session, Coffee with the Experts is designed to be a more informal discussion with you and a group of 8 attendees and one expert. This event will be offered on both Friday and Saturday, lasts approximately 45 minutes, and is an additional fee of $12/day. Coffee and time with the expert is included as part of your admission to this ticketed event.

Registration for this Special Event is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will pre-select their coffee topic when registering for the Convention. Please note that if you are participating in the Coffee with the Experts ticketed event you will not be able to participate in the Lunch with the Experts sessions, as the times overlap.

 

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Friday Breakout Sessions
01:45 pm - 03:00 pm
Friday Breakout Session 1
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT ROOM 1
I Lost Weight, Now How Do I Keep it off?
Moderated by: Robert Kushner, MD

  • Topic 1: Weight Maintenance and Weight Regain – What the Research Shows
    Robert Kushner, MD
  • Topic 2: Strengthening My Biology Using Pharmacotherapy
    Scott Kahan, MD, MPH

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BREAKOUT ROOM 2
Doc vs. Surgeon: A Lively Discussion about Deciding the Best Treatment Approach for Patients
Presented by: Jennifer C. Seger, MD, FOMA; Michael V. Seger, MD, FACS; and Billy Klummp

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Friday Breakout Session 1
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT ROOM 1:
I Lost Weight, Now How Do I Keep it off?

Entering the weight maintenance phase is exciting, but it can be a bit scary, too. Because one of your first thoughts may likely be, “how do I keep it off and not gain it back!” Drs. Bob Kushner and Scott Kahan will ease your worries and tell you what the research shows. But, most importantly, they will provide you with tools to help you along your entire weight management journey so you can best stay on track to continue celebrating your successes! Join in this session with an open mind and a common ground to let the science guide you and help chart your course to long-term success!

Moderated by: Robert Kushner, MD
Dr. Robert Kushner is a Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Kushner serves as Program Chair for the OAC’s National Convention, holding this position since the Convention’s inception for the past six years. Dr. Kushner is a former member of the OAC National Board of Directors.

      • Topic 1: Weight Maintenance and Weight Regain – What the Research Shows?
        Robert Kushner, MD

 

  • Topic 2: Strengthening My Biology Using Pharmacotherapy
    Scott Kahan, MD, MPH
    Dr. Scott Kahan is a physician trained in both clinical medicine and public health. Dr. Kahan serves as Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, Medical Director of the George Washington University Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, and is also on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). In addition to his service on the OAC National Board of Directors, Dr. Kahan is also co-chair of the 2017 Convention Program Agenda Committee.

 


BREAKOUT ROOM 2:
Doc vs. Surgeon: A Lively Discussion about Deciding the Best Treatment Approach for Patients

Obesity is a complicated disease and often requires an "all hands on deck" (or alternatively an "all of the above") type of approach. With this approach comes the assembly of the right team. In this session, you will have the unique opportunity to hear the perspectives from all the key players in the spectrum of care - an obesity medicine specialist, a bariatric surgeon AND the patient! Each physician will discuss how they work with each patient individually to find the right approach, along with the importance of working collaboratively with the patient to determine the best treatment. There is no "one size fits all" approach to managing obesity, and this session will give you insight into how physicians approach the treatment plan, in addition to how you can effectively work with your provider to find the best option for you and your lifestyle.

A Lively Discussion Between Jennifer C. Seger, MD, FOMA and Michael V. Seger, MD with Patient Perspective

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Dr. Jennifer “Jenny” Seger is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician whose practice has been dedicated to the prevention and treatment of obesity for the past seven years.  She is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) and currently serves on the board of the ABOM.  Dr. Seger was a lead author of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Obesity Algorithm and is active on several committees for the OMA.

 

Michael Seger

Dr. Michael “Mickey” Seger is a fellowship trained bariatric surgeon in private practice in San Antonio.  In addition to performing the full spectrum of bariatric surgeries, he also performs minimally invasive therapies including balloon and endoscopic treatments. Dr. Seger currently serves as President of the Texas state chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and is active at the state and national levels advocating for increased access to obesity care.

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03:00 pm - 03:45 pm
Break – Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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Break – Visit EXPO Hall Vendors

Take a walk through the EXPO Hall and sample products and learn about services in the weight management industry. Our vendors LOVE to give away stuff - so be sure you bring an extra bag/suitcase! Plus, we will serve beverage in the EXPO Hall to quench your thirst at just the right time!

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03:35 pm - 03:45 pm
10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo
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10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo

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03:45 pm - 05:00 pm
Friday Breakout Session 2
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT ROOM 1
Guidance in the Guidelines: Looking at Your Nutritional Needs after Bariatric Surgery
Moderated by: Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD

  • Topic 1: Let’s Look at the ASMBS Nutritional Guidelines
    Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD
  • Topic 2: Recognizing Deficiencies – Signs, Symptoms and What Your Annual Labs Tell You
    Christopher D. Still, DO
  • Topic 3: Preventing Deficiency - Knowing What You Need in Your Supplements
    Cassie I. Story, RDN

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BREAKOUT ROOM 2
Point/Counterpoint – Are All Calories Created Equal?
A Lively Discussion between: Robert Kushner, MD and Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, FTOS

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Friday Breakout Session 2
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT ROOM 1:
Guidance in the Guidelines: Looking at Your Nutritional Needs after Bariatric Surgery

Balancing your nutritional needs post bariatric surgery can sometimes be an intricate puzzle. Even with the right amount of support and guidance, it is a bit tricky to navigate the recommendations. When it comes to supplementation, finding the right formula is key and is one of the most important parts to life post-surgery so you avoid nutrient deficiency. We know this puzzle is still not complete, so we are here to tell you what the official guidelines say from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and how to identify the warning sides to deficiency, along with what you should look for in your supplementation needs.

Moderated by: Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD 

Dr. Nina Crowly is a bariatric surgery dietitian turned program coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She has been working with bariatric surgery patients for 10 years and holds her doctorate in Health Psychology from Walden University. Dr. Crowley is passionate about helping patients with difficult behavior changes required to remain successful after having bariatric surgery. Dr. Crowley has authored publications on binge eating behaviors and food cravings in bariatric surgery patients and enjoys presenting on weight regain, weight bias, quality of life, vitamin/mineral supplementation, and all things behavior change. She is passionate about policy and advocacy and serves her state chapter of nutrition professionals as the Public Policy Coordinator. She is integrated in the obesity workgroups across MUSC and the state including the Scale Down Strategic Plan for South Carolina, and has been integral in creating and implementing the Medicaid Nutrition Counseling for Obesity Policy, the first state Medicaid to reimburse dietitians independently for nutrition counseling for obesity. She chairs the workgroup tasked with updating the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Evidence Analysis Library Bariatric Surgery Project and is the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group Nominating Director. After last year's YWM Convention where she spoke about food addition, Dr. Crowley has been talking about how impressed she is with the OAC’s patient advocates! Dr. Crowley can be found tweeting about psychology and nutrition topics as @PsychoDietitian.

        • Topic 1: Let’s Look at the ASMBS Nutritional Guidelines
          Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD

 

  • Topic 2: Recognizing Deficiencies – Signs, Symptoms and What Your Annual Labs Tell You
    Christopher D. Still, DO
    Dr. Christopher Still has been studying developments in obesity and nutrition support for nearly two decades. Dr. Still directs the Geisinger Center for Nutrition and Weight Management as well as their Obesity Research Institute. Dr. Still’s interest in weight-loss comes from his personal experiences with obesity. Dr. Still once weighed 385 pounds, and losing the weight was a life and career changing experience. Dr. Still is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Nutrition and the American College of Nutrition, among others. He is also an emeritus member of the OAC Board of Directors and serves on the OAC Convention Planning Committee and Convention Program Agenda Subcommittee.

 

 

  • Topic 3: Preventing Deficiency - Knowing What You Need in Your Supplements
    Cassie I. Story, RDN
    Cassie Story is a dietitian who has been working with surgical and non-surgical weight-loss patients for the past 12 years. She is the Clinical Science Liaison for Bariatric Advantage where she helps educate other healthcare professionals around the unique nutrition needs of weight-loss surgery patients. She has her own food blog, www.WLSDailyPlate.com, which provides recipe inspiration for all members of the family – including those who have had metabolic/bariatric surgery. She enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time outdoors with her two daughters in Arizona.

 


BREAKOUT ROOM 2:
Point/Counterpoint – Are All Calories Created Equal?

A calorie, is a calorie… is a calorie… or is it? The idea that calories are all the same is a hot-button topic that has the science community in thoughtful discussion. The notion of “calories-in, calories-out,” is often pointed to in arguments around the cause of weight gain, but some evidence suggests otherwise. During this dynamic session, leading obesity medicine physician and researcher, Dr. Bob Kushner, will engage in a lively discussion with renowned nutrition researcher Dr. Catherine Champagne, regarding the quality and type of calories we consume and which is best to lead to better health outcomes.

A Lively Discussion between:
Robert Kushner, MD and Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, FTOS

Dr. Robert Kushner is a Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Kushner serves as Program Chair for the OAC’s National Convention, holding this position since the Convention’s inception for the past six years. Dr. Kushner is a former member of the OAC National Board of Directors.

Dr. Champagne Bio and Headshot Coming Soon!

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General Events
05:00 pm - 05:15 pm
Break - Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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Break - Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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05:15 pm - 06:15 pm
(NEW EVENT!) Friday Afternoon Workshop:

Finding The Upside of down- Piece by Piece
(ticketed event)

Featuring Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT

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(NEW EVENT!) Friday Afternoon Workshop:

Finding The Upside of down- Piece by Piece
(ticketed event)
Featuring Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT

Aside from the roles you play in life – whether you are a mom or dad, a wife/husband, etc. - what is it that makes YOU who you are? It seems like just when you start putting the pieces together, everything falls apart.

How many times have you started making progress only to find that something keeps getting in the way? Maybe a life event – death, divorce, relationship, trauma, loss of job, financial hardship? It’s tough, right? Or maybe you find you’re faced with the challenge to just get started. Many reasons may have you feeling like you’ve hit rock bottom. Maybe because you're mentally in a dark place, you lost motivation or you don't have the necessary parts. So, how do you start putting the pieces back together again?

Those who have trouble defining who they are often have challenges in their weight management journey, and those who face challenges have difficulty overcoming them because they haven’t uncovered who they are at the core. Unmasking both sides to this equation is key and can ultimately help you in your long-term journey to mental, physical and emotional health.

In this special session presented by nationally-acclaimed motivational speaker, psychotherapist and Convention favorite, Merrill Littleberry, you will learn how to:

  • RECOGNIZE, REMOVE and REPLACE the mental barriers getting in your way
  • Discover the many pieces that make you unique and how they fit together
  • Assemble YOUR back-up plan when things don’t go as expected

Ultimately, this session will teach YOU how to start or restart your journey to, “The UPside of Down.” This will give you the edge in creating lasting and sustainable progress in all aspects of your weight management journey, along with your overall health and life. This session is not about how to prevent falls, it is about recovering from them.

Registration for this special ticketed event is an additional fee of $15 and is limited to the first 150 individuals who sign-up in advance. 100% of the proceeds from this session will directly benefit the OAC Convention Scholarship Program. Special thanks to Merrill for generously donating her time, passion and expertise in leading this session.

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Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT
Merrill Littleberry is a healthcare professional in the field of mental and physical health. She believes mental and physical health are equally important, stating one cannot function optimally without the other. She is known as “Vitamin M,” a motivational speaker, psychotherapist, and personal trainer along with many other roles. She hopes the role she will be remembered by is a dedicated advocate who continually discovered ways to improve the lives of others.
05:30 pm - 06:15 pm
Fri. Afternoon Group Exercise Classes
(Included with Convention Registration)

Classes Planned for Friday Afternoon:

  • Line Dancing
  • Barre

Classes are subject to change. Check back for additional details!

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Fri. Afternoon Group Exercise Classes
(Included with Convention Registration)

Classes Planned for Friday Afternoon:

  • Line Dancing
  • Barre

Classes are subject to change. Check back for additional details!

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Special Event
07:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Welcoming Ceremonies Dinner
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Welcoming Ceremonies Dinner
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The Friday Night Welcoming Ceremonies party is the kick-off social event of the Convention! This themed event includes a buffet dinner, followed by dancing, a costume contest and a few surprises along the way! You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to get to know more of your fellow attendees (and exhibitors) in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Friday Night Welcome LogoThis year's theme is, "It's a Celebration," and attendees are invited to come dressed in their BEST New Orleans attire. This is a great time to get creative and choose/create a costume that will get noticed! PLUS - there will be a special prize for "Most Creative Mardi Gras Mask..." so get your glue gun, sequins and paint ready - it's time to CELEBRATE!

Attendees who registered for a Full Convention Registration receive one ticket to the Friday Night Welcoming Ceremonies themed dinner and party. If you are a Single-day registrant and want to participate in this event, you are able to purchase an additional ticket or consider upgrading your registration to a Full Convention Registration. Convention Exhibitors are welcomed to take part in this fun event and will receive two tickets per booth.

Please note: While we want everyone to be creative with their costumes, it is required that all costumes are tasteful and non-stigmatizing to any groups of individuals. We hope you will join us for this fun social event!

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

Schedule subject to change

General Events
07:00 am - 07:45 am
Sat. Morning Group Exercise Classes & Walks/Runs
(Included with Convention Registration)

Morning Walks/Run
Join your fellow attendees for a walk/run in New Orleans! Each morning, volunteers lead walks/runs for fellow attendees, with different distance and pace groups offered. Complete details on meet-up location and logistics will be provided closer to the event!

Group Exercise Classes Planned for Saturday Morning:

  • Aqua Zumba
  • Pilates
  • Pound

Classes are subject to change. All sign-ups for exercise classes take place onsite. Check back for additional details!

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Sat. Morning Group Exercise Classes & Walks/Runs
(Included with Convention Registration)

Morning Walks/Run
Join your fellow attendees for a walk/run in New Orleans! Each morning, volunteers lead walks/runs for fellow attendees, with different distance and pace groups offered. Complete details on meet-up location and logistics will be provided closer to the event!

Group Exercise Classes Planned for Saturday Morning:

  • Aqua Zumba
  • Pilates
  • Pound

Classes are subject to change. All sign-ups for exercise classes take place onsite. Check back for additional details!

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07:00 am - 05:00 pm
Registration Open
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Registration Open
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07:30 am - 05:15 pm
EXPO Hall Open
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EXPO Hall Open
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07:45 am - 09:15 am
Breakfast in EXPO Hall
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Breakfast in EXPO Hall

Grab a bite to eat in the Convention EXPO Hall and visit the vendors first-thing in the morning!

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Saturday General Sessions
09:00 am - 09:45 am
The Secret Life of Pets and Human Obesity

Presented by: Ernie Ward, DVM

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The Secret Life of Pets and Human Obesity

Can examining the way our pets live tell us more about ourselves? Internationally acclaimed and award-winning Veterinarian, Dr. Ernie Ward, joins us at YWM2017 to share the latest research on pet obesity, its fascinating connection to human obesity and how the veterinary profession is addressing it. Discover the “secret life of pet obesity” with Dr. Ward and see how similar pet and human obesity really are!

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Ernie Ward, DVM
Dr. Ernie Ward is an internationally recognized veterinarian known for his innovations in general small animal practice, long-term medication monitoring, special needs of senior dogs and cats and pet obesity. Dr. Ward has been a frequent guest on numerous television programs and served as the resident veterinarian for the “Rachel Ray Show” for more than seven years. Dr. Ward is the founder of Seaside Animal Care, a National Practice of Excellence Award-winning small animal veterinary clinic, and DogGone Healthy, a practice dedicated to nutritional, behavioral and integrative care in North Carolina. Dr. Ward has authored and been featured in more than 100 practice management and peer-reviewed medical journal articles and is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
09:50 am - 10:30 am
Sweet Dreams: The Relationship between Sleep Health and Your Weight

Presented by: Jason C. Ong, PhD

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Sweet Dreams: The Relationship between Sleep Health and Your Weight

How many sheep have you counted in your lifetime? Lost count? The truth is, insufficient sleep has been labeled a public health problem and unfortunately the adverse effects from poor sleep habits have also been connected to issues with weight. In this session, Dr. Jason Ong, one of the nation’s leading researches on sleep and insomnia, will explore the association of sleep with body weight, obesity and metabolic health. Most importantly, he will provide applicable take home messages and tools to improve your personal sleep hygiene.

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Jason C. Ong, PhD
Dr. Jason Ong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a fellowship in Behavioral Sleep Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Ong’s primary research interest includes non-pharmacological treatments for sleep disorders, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation. Dr. Ong’s other research interests also include the impact of sleep disturbance on chronic health conditions, such as migraine headaches. In his clinical practice, Dr Ong delivers CBT for insomnia and provides psychosocial support for patients with narcolepsy. Dr. Ong is the president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Break – Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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Break – Visit EXPO Hall Vendors

Take a walk through the EXPO Hall and sample products and learn about services in the weight management industry. Our vendors LOVE to give away stuff - so be sure you bring an extra bag/suitcase! Plus, we will serve beverages in the EXPO Hall to quench your thirst at just the right time!

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11:05 am - 11:15 am
10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo
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10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo

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11:15 am - 12:00 pm
What’s YOUR Come Back Rate? How to Turn Struggles into Your Greatest Strengths

Presented by: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD, LDN

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What’s YOUR Come Back Rate? How to Turn Struggles into Your Greatest Strengths

Are there 5 “Mean Girls” (or guys) living in your head? Let’s face it… Sabotage is real, and many times it’s our negative self-talk that is what tends to keep us down. If we know anything, embarking on a weight management journey takes focus, support and motivation… but most importantly, it takes a lot of FUN! In this session, not only will you take-on the negativity that likely is holding you back, but you will also learn in two steps how to forgive and be curious! Intrigued? Join in this session to discover how to turn your struggles into your greatest strengths and get back in the game!

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Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD, LDN
Dawn Jackson Blatner is a nutrition expert for people who are tired of hearing conflicting diet advice and want a clear, honest approach to eating well. Ms. Jackson Blatner helps clients achieve their goals by combining proven scientific principles with their own powerful intuition. Through Ms. Jackson Blatner’s national media appearances, books and online resources, she can supercharge your current lifestyle to get the results you want — while having fun along the way.
12:15 pm - 01:30 pm
Sat. Lunch with the Experts (ticketed event)

1. Understanding Your Relationship with Food – Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT

2. A Protein is a Protein, is a Protein… or IS it? – Cassie I. Story, RDN

3. Realistic Expectations: Finding the Balance in Your Weight Management Goals – Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN

4. Body Contouring after Weight-loss – What to Consider – Jules A. Walters, III, MD

5. Open Minds: Why You Should Consider an Anti-obesity Medication – Scott Kahan, MD, MPH

6. Finding Your Flow: Breaking Through a Weight Plateau - Macklin E. Guzmán, DHSc, MPH

7. Advice on Surgical Revisions: Perspectives from a Surgeon and Patient – Walter Medlin, MD and Amber Huett Garcia, MPA

8. Chronic Physical Pain and its Impact on Your Weight Management Journey

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Sat. Lunch with the Experts (ticketed event)

Lunch with the Experts is one of the most popular special events at Convention. The Lunch with the Expert sessions take place on Friday and Saturday and invite attendees to sit one-on-one with an expert about a topic that is most important to them. There are eight spots available at each table, with 8 topics to choose from each day. This Special Event is an additional $18/day, and attendees can select one lunch table topic on each day and have a more intimate discussion about their topic of interest. This is a 75-minute session.

Registration for this Special Event is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will pre-select their lunch table topic when registering for the Convention. Lunch is included in the ticket fee. Please note that if you participate in this session, you will not be able to participate in the Coffee with the Experts sessions, as the times overlap.

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12:45 pm - 01:30 pm
NEW EVENT! - Coffee Break with the Experts (ticketed event)

1. Better Together: A Family Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle! - Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FACSM, FAHA

2. Logged-on: Online Resources to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals - Michelle Vicari

3. Influencing Obesity Policy in Your Community… and Beyond! - Sarah M. Bramblette, MSHL

4. A to Zen: Holistic Approaches to Managing Your Lifestyle - Jason C. Ong, PhD

5. 0k to 5k: Every Exercise Journey Has a Start - Pandora Williams, CPT

6. It’s Complicated: Challenges in Romantic Relationships for Post- surgery Patients - Nanette Adams, MEd, LPC

7. Limited by Your Mobility? Simple Ways to Get Moving - Robanne Robin

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NEW EVENT! - Coffee Break with the Experts (ticketed event)

Coffee with the Experts is one of the newest additions to the Convention agenda this year and invites you to grab coffee and sit with an expert about a topic important to you. As an extension of the popular Lunch with the Experts Session, Coffee with the Experts is designed to be a more informal discussion with you and a group of 8 attendees and one expert. This event will be offered on both Friday and Saturday, lasts approximately 45 minutes, and is an additional fee of $12/day. Coffee and time with the expert is included as part of your admission to this ticketed event.

Registration for this Special Event is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will pre-select their coffee topic when registering for the Convention. Please note that if you are participating in the Coffee with the Experts ticketed event you will not be able to participate in the Lunch with the Experts sessions, as the times overlap.

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Saturday Breakout Sessions
01:45 pm - 03:00 pm
Saturday Breakout Session 1
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT ROOM 1
Living Nutritiously: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
Moderated by: Cassie I. Story, RDN

  • Topic 1: Eat Fit: Navigating Restaurants, Fast Food, and on-the-go Options
    Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD
  • Topic 2: Pot Lucks to Parties: Navigating Social Gatherings
    Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD
  • Topic 3: Renovate Your Plate: Recipe Makeovers - Cassie I. Story, RDN

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BREAKOUT ROOM 2
Transforming Your Lifestyle: Building Healthy Behaviors
Moderated by: Robert Kushner, MD

  • Topic 1: Time to Get-up! Reducing Sedentary Behaviors - Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FACSM, FAHA
  • Topic 2: Sleep Tight and Don’t Let the Stress Bugs BiteJason C. Ong, PhD
  • Topic 3: Tools in the Toolbox: Resources to Keep Yourself AccountableDonna Ryan, MD
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Saturday Breakout Session 1
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT ROOM 1:
Living Nutritiously: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

We face food choices everyday of our lives - What to eat for breakfast, what to grab as a snack, what to pick-up when you shop at the grocery, what to order out… the list goes on! Do you sometimes feel defeated when trying to make a healthy choice, given so many options, temptations, situations and the all around food environment?  We hear you! This session is designed with you in mind and will help you stay on track to make the healthy choice the easy choice, no matter the situation. The key is to plan and get creative, and we will show you easy ways you can integrate healthier nutrition options into your everyday lifestyle.

Moderated by: Cassie I. Story, RDN

Cassie I. Story, RDCassie Story is a dietitian who has been working with surgical and non-surgical weight-loss patients for the past 12 years. She is the Clinical Science Liaison for Bariatric Advantage where she helps educate other healthcare professionals around the unique nutrition needs of weight-loss surgery patients. She has her own food blog, www.WLSDailyPlate.com, which provides recipe inspiration for all members of the family – including those who have had metabolic/bariatric surgery. She enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time outdoors with her two daughters in Arizona.

 

        • Molly KimballTopic 1: Eat Fit: Navigating Restaurants, Fast Food, and on-the-go Options 
          Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD
          Molly Kimball manages the nutrition program at Ochsner Fitness Center in New Orleans and is the founder of Ochsner Eat Fit, a nonprofit initiative of Ochsner Health System. The Eat Fit Mission is to make the healthy choice the easy choice, with the Eat Fit team of dietitians collaborating with local restaurant owners and chefs, as well as corner markets, event venues, and other food service establishments to identify or develop dishes that meet the Eat Fit nutritional criteria. A nutrition journalist, Molly is a weekly columnist for NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune and has a weekly segment on WGNO’s Good Morning New Orleans, Get the Skinny with Molly, covering the latest trends in the nutrition and the fitness industry.
  • Nina CrowleyTopic 2: Pot Lucks to Parties: Navigating Social Gatherings
    Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD
    Dr. Nina Crowly is a bariatric surgery dietitian turned program coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She has been working with bariatric surgery patients for 10 years and holds her doctorate in Health Psychology from Walden University. Dr. Crowley is passionate about helping patients with difficult behavior changes required to remain successful after having bariatric surgery. Dr. Crowley has authored publications on binge eating behaviors and food cravings in bariatric surgery patients and enjoys presenting on weight regain, weight bias, quality of life, vitamin/mineral supplementation, and all things behavior change. She is passionate about policy and advocacy and serves her state chapter of nutrition professionals as the Public Policy Coordinator. She is integrated in the obesity workgroups across MUSC and the state including the Scale Down Strategic Plan for South Carolina, and has been integral in creating and implementing the Medicaid Nutrition Counseling for Obesity Policy, the first state Medicaid to reimburse dietitians independently for nutrition counseling for obesity. She chairs the workgroup tasked with updating the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Evidence Analysis Library Bariatric Surgery Project and is the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group Nominating Director. After last year's YWM Convention where she spoke about food addition, Dr. Crowley has been talking about how impressed she is with the OAC’s patient advocates! Dr. Crowley can be found tweeting about psychology and nutrition topics as @PsychoDietitian.
  • Topic 3: Renovate Your Plate: Recipe Makeovers
    Cassie I. Story, RDN

BREAKOUT ROOM 2:
Transforming Your Lifestyle: Building Healthy Behaviors

Is your lifestyle impacting your health? But, have you ever stopped to think that your lifestyle can actually be used as your best medicine? The concept of Lifestyle Medicine is emerging, and in this session, we will show you the positive impact that building healthy behaviors can have on your long-term health. We will explore key areas where you will see the most benefit, such as: simple tips to reducing sedentary behaviors, seeking-out outlets for stress management, improving your sleep habits and taking advantage of helpful tools to keep you accountable. Hear from the experts in the field about real, applicable lifestyle management methods that can make a significant impact on your overall health!

Moderated by: Robert Kushner, MD

Robert F. Kushner, MDDr. Robert Kushner is a Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Kushner serves as Program Chair for the OAC’s National Convention, holding this position since the Convention’s inception for the past five years, and is also a member of the OAC National Board of Directors.

        • Topic 1: Time to Get-up! Reducing Sedentary Behaviors –
          Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FACSM, FAHA 
  • Jason Ong, PhD, Neurology/Sleep DisordersTopic 2: Sleep Tight and Don’t Let the Stress Bugs Bite –
    Jason C. Ong, PhD
    Dr. Jason Ong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a fellowship in Behavioral Sleep Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Ong’s primary research interest includes non-pharmacological treatments for sleep disorders, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation.  Dr. Ong’s other research interests also include the impact of sleep disturbance on chronic health conditions, such as migraine headaches. In his clinical practice, Dr Ong delivers CBT for insomnia and provides psychosocial support for patients with narcolepsy. Dr. Ong is the president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
  • Donna-Ryan04Topic 3: Tools in the Toolbox: Resources to Keep Yourself Accountable 
    Donna Ryan, 
    MD
    Dr. Donna Ryan is Professor Emerita at Pennington Biomedical in Baton Rouge, LA, where she directed clinical research for 22 years. Dr. Ryan’s continuing research interests focus on translation of effective weight management into primary care practices. Dr. Ryan’s scholarly activities include authorship of more than 200 original publications and 45 books, chapters and reviews, primarily in the field of obesity. Dr. Ryan is Associate Editor-in-Chief of Obesity. Dr. Ryan served as co-chair of the expert panel that produced the AHA/ACC/TOS 2013 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Obesity and was a panel member of the 2015 Endocrine Society Systematic Evidence Review and Guidelines for Medications that Affect Body Weight.
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03:00 pm - 03:45 pm
Break – Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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Break – Visit EXPO Hall Vendors

Take a walk through the EXPO Hall and sample products and learn about services in the weight management industry. Our vendors LOVE to give away stuff - so be sure you bring an extra bag/suitcase! Plus, we will serve beverages in the EXPO Hall to quench your thirst at just the right time!

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General Events
03:35 pm - 03:45 pm
10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo
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10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo
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Saturday Breakout Sessions
03:45 pm - 05:00 pm
Saturday Breakout Session 2
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT ROOM 1
Health Interrupted: What’s Preventing Your Weight Management Progress?
Moderated by: Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN

  • Topic 1: Friend or Foe: Identifying What’s Holding You back
    Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT
  • Topic 2: Facing Sabotage Head-on: Peer and Professional Support -
    Pam Davis, RN, CBN
  • Topic 3: Hear from Your Peers – an Open Discussion on Sabotage

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BREAKOUT ROOM 2
Point/Counterpoint – Which Impacts Weight Gain More - Genes or Environment?
A Lively Discussion between: Donna Ryan, MD, and Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FACSM, FAHA

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Saturday Breakout Session 2
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

Breakout Room 1:
Health Interrupted: What’s Preventing Your Weight Management Progress?

What’s preventing you from staying on track? Often, we find that’s the toughest part in a weight management journey. Identifying factors or individuals that may be getting in your way is tough to admit, especially if it’s a loved one or friend… or even, yourself. In this session, you will learn how to identify what or who the culprits are that may have a significant role in sabotaging your efforts. Most importantly, you will get armed with the right tools to know how to address and change it, and who to best lean on for the right support.

Moderated by: Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN

Tammy_BeaumontAs a child affected by excess weight and then an adult affected by obesity, Tammy Beaumont found it difficult to keep up with the demands that a nursing career placed on her body. In 2003, Ms. Beaumont made the decision to have bariatric surgery. As a certified bariatric nurse, Ms. Beaumont is able to share her experiences, identify with her patient’s struggles and hopefully educate, motivate and inspire them to fi nd their path to a healthier lifestyle. Ms. Beaumont is a member of the OAC National Board of Directors, is the Co-chair of the OAC Membership Committee, and serves on the OAC Convention Planning Committee and the Convention Program Agenda Subcommittee.

  • Merrill LittleberryTopic 1: Friend or Foe: Identifying What’s Holding You back - Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT
    Merrill Littleberry is a healthcare professional in the fi eld of mental and physical health. She believes mental and physical health are equally important, stating one cannot function optimally without the other. She is known as “Vitamin M,” a motivational speaker, psychotherapist, and personal trainer along with many other roles. She hopes the role she will be remembered by is a dedicated advocate who continually discovered ways to improve the lives of others.

  • Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBATopic 2: Facing Sabotage Head-on: Peer and Professional Support - Pam Davis, RN, CBN
    Pam Davis is a certified bariatric nurse who recently completed her MBA with a concentration in leadership. Ms. Davis currently serves on the OAC National Board of Directors, having served as a past-chairman, and is the chair of the OAC Visibility Committee. Ms. Davis has several other volunteer roles including her service as the Immediate Past-president of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee. Ms. Davis has chaired the Integrated Health Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for the past seven years and now serves on the Integrated Health Executive Council. As a gastric bypass patient 14-years post-op and through her work and volunteer eff orts, Ms. Davis strives to educate employers and physicians on obesity prevention and treatment.

  • Topic 3: Hear from Your Peers – an Open Discussion on Sabotage
    Speaker Bios and Headshots Coming Soon!

Breakout Room 2:
Point/Counterpoint – Which Impacts Weight Gain More - Genes or Environment?

We know that obesity is a highly complex disease, and genetics and environment are often the “causes” of obesity that are widely discussed in the healthcare community and mainstream world. So, which is the main contributor to weight gain – is it more about your biology/genetics or is it about the environment(s) in which you live? Dr. Donna Ryan and Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk have data to suggest both are contributors and will square off in this lively discussion aimed to help you better navigate overcoming both hurdles and understanding the tools you need in order to embark and/or continue on your weight management journey.

A Lively Discussion between:
Donna Ryan, MD, and Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FACSM, FAHA


Donna-Ryan04Dr. Donna Ryan is Professor Emerita at Pennington Biomedical in Baton Rouge, LA, where she directed clinical research for 22 years. Dr. Ryan’s continuing research interests focus on translation of effective weight management into primary care practices. Dr. Ryan’s scholarly activities include authorship of more than 200 original publications and 45 books, chapters and reviews, primarily in the field of obesity. Dr. Ryan is Associate Editor-in-Chief of Obesity. Dr. Ryan served as co-chair of the expert panel that produced the AHA/ACC/TOS 2013 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Obesity and was a panel member of the 2015 Endocrine Society Systematic Evidence Review and Guidelines for Medications that Affect Body Weight.

KatzmarzykDr. Peter Katzmarzyk is Professor and Associate Executive Director for Population and Public Health Sciences at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center where he holds the Marie Edana Corcoran Endowed Chair in Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes. Dr. Katzmarzyk is an internationally recognized leader in the field of physical activity and obesity, with a special emphasis on pediatrics and ethnic health disparities. He has more than two decades of experience in conducting large clinical and population-based studies in children and adults.

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General Events
05:00 pm - 05:15 pm
Break - Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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Break - Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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05:15 pm - 06:15 pm
(NEW EVENT!) Saturday Afternoon Workshop:

Modern Day Meal Planning – Hacks, Shortcuts and the Keys to Nutrition HAPPINESS!
(ticketed event)

Featuring Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, CSSD

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(NEW EVENT!) Saturday Afternoon Workshop:

Modern Day Meal Planning – Hacks, Shortcuts and the Keys to Nutrition HAPPINESS!
(ticketed event)
Featuring Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, CSSD

How many times have you been told that you should plan all of your meals because it will make your life so much easier and you will be able to avoid having to make too many “in the moment” food choices? The truth is, there are two sides to the meal planning story. You either – LOVE IT, embrace it, and make it a part of your routine – OR, you AVOID it, are overwhelmed by it and don’t think it’s for you. Regardless of which story is yours, this session is designed with YOU in mind!

Let’s face it… we are no longer 1950’s housewives (or househusbands) with hours to plan, shop and cook. It’s just not that easy in these modern-day times. But, our nutrition doesn’t have to be sacrificed – we simply need to update HOW we meal plan so we can evenly match the crazy pace of our multi-tasking lives. There’s a new modern concept called “Delicious Monotony,” and we are going to let you in on this little secret that will give you the keys to ultimate success (and HAPPINESS!).

Join-in this special limited-engagement session where television’s favorite dietitian, Dawn Jackson Blatner, joins the Convention stage once again to give you a hands-on approach to modern-day meal planning, specifically for those who’ve never had the urge or time to plan. PLUS – you’ll get to learn an easier, smarter, better way to food log (complete with a worksheet!). In this interactive session, you will come away with applicable tools you can easily take home and integrate into your everyday life, including:

  • A step-by-step approach to the NEW modern day way to meal plan
  • An actual meal planning WORKSHEET you can use forever
  • A better-than-food-logging WORKSHEET to help organize your week
  • Helpful tips on how to meal plan for not only healthy balanced food, but also for HAPPINESS

Imagine being able to eat your favorite foods and not having to go insane each week planning/prepping/cooking for hours and hours – now THAT is HAPPINESS!

Registration for this special ticketed event is an additional fee of $15 and is limited to the first 150 individuals who sign-up in advance. 100% of the proceeds from this session will directly benefit the OAC Convention Scholarship Program. Special thanks for Dawn Jackson Blatner for generously donating her time and talents to this session to help raise funds for this important program.

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Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD, LDN
Dawn Jackson Blatner is a nutrition expert for people who are tired of hearing conflicting diet advice and want a clear, honest approach to eating well. Ms. Jackson Blatner helps clients achieve their goals by combining proven scientific principles with their own powerful intuition. Through Ms. Jackson Blatner’s national media appearances, books and online resources, she can supercharge your current lifestyle to get the results you want — while having fun along the way.
05:30 pm - 06:15 pm
Sat. Afternoon Group Exercise Classes
(Included with Convention Registration)

Classes Planned for Saturday Afternoon:

  • Hip Hop Cardio
  • Chair Cardio

Classes are subject to change. Check back for additional details!

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Sat. Afternoon Group Exercise Classes
(Included with Convention Registration)

Classes Planned for Saturday Afternoon:

  • Hip Hop Cardio
  • Chair Cardio

Classes are subject to change. All sign-ups for exercise classes take place onsite. Check back for additional details!

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Special Event
07:30 pm - 09:00 pm
OAC Reception and Awards Ceremony
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OAC Reception and Awards Ceremony

Make plans to join-in a more formal evening at the OAC Reception and Awards Ceremony! This evening event features a beautiful program honoring OAC supporters who have gone above and beyond in making a difference. Awards are given out in various categories, such as the "OAC Member of the Year" Award, the "Bias Buster of the Year” Award, and many more. PLUS - we give out some special Convention Awards as well where we get to honor some of the most inspiring attendees in front of their peers!

A ticket to the Saturday evening Awards Reception is included in the Full Convention Registration option. Individual event tickets may be purchased for those who are single-day registrants, or for friends/travel companions not attending the Convention.

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