OAC National Convention Online Registration

We are excited for you to join us in Orlando, Fla., this year as “Together We SHINE!” To register for the Convention online, please complete the below registration form. For questions about Convention registration or to register by phone, please call (800) 717-3117.

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CONVENTION REGISTRATION OPTIONS
(please select one)

Full Convention Registration - BEST VALUE!

What’s Included?

This is the best registration category for attendees who want to take full advantage to ALL aspects of the Convention. Registration for Sunday’s Convention send-off event, the OAC's March to Washington, DC, is an add-on and a $25 donation is encouraged to attend this event. Full Convention Registration Includes: Access to all educational sessions, access to group fitness classes, access to the YWM Healthy Living Expo, official Convention T-shirt, souvenir tote bag, Convention Program Book, ability to pre-register for an OAC Training Session (Thurs), breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning, ticket to Event Welcoming Ceremonies Dinner (Fri.), and ticket to OAC’s 3rd Annual Awards Dinner (Sat.). Lunch is NOT included.



$125 - Full Convention Registration
$165 - Full Event Registration with CE Credits

One-Day Registration

What’s Included?

If you have registered for a Full Convention Registration, you do NOT need to purchase a one-day registration. One-day registrations are designed for attendees who do not wish to participate in the social events. One-Day Registration Includes: Access to all educational sessions, access to group fitness classes, access to the YWM Healthy Living Expo, official Convention T-shirt, souvenir tote bag, Convention Program Book, and the ability to pre-register for an OAC Training Session (Thurs). Meals, Lunch with the Experts and social events are NOT included.


None
$40 - Friday Only
$40 - Saturday Only
$80 - Friday and Saturday
$60 - Friday Only with CE Credits
$60 - Saturday Only with CE Credits
$120 - Friday and Saturday with CE Credits

Convention T-shirt Size (T-shirts are included in Full Convention Registration Packages and One-day Registration. Please select your preferred size.)

CONVENTION REGISTRATION ADD-ONS
(optional, but encouraged)

Lunch with the Experts

What is the Lunch with the Experts?

On Friday and Saturday, the OAC will feature a Lunch with the Experts special event where attendees will have the opportunity to sit one-on-one with the an expert to learn more about a specific topic of their choice. There are 18 different lunch table topics each day, with spots for eight attendees at each table. Lunches are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Please indicate your top three choices of lunch topics on each day. Lunch topics fill quickly, and onsite registrations for Lunch with the Experts are not available. Lunch with the Experts Includes: boxed lunch, reserved table seat and one-on-one time with expert/topic of your choice.
Friday Topics:
  • F-1. Flying Solo? Connecting with Fellow First-time Attendees - Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN
    FULL
  • F-2. Breaking Bias: Sharing Your Experiences and Ways to Make a Difference - Rob Portinga & Melinda Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA
  • F-3. Children and Weight Bullying – Recognizing Signs and How to Help - Speaker TBA
  • F-4. Steps and Reps – Finding the Right “Fit” for My Fitness Plan - Speaker TBA FULL
  • F-5. “What’s up, Doc?” – Your Medical Questions Answered - Nadia Pietrzykowska, MD, FACP
  • F-6. Low Effort, High Impact: Prioritizing Personal Changes to Tackle Your Health -
    Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, BS
  • F-7. Strategies for Maintaining Your Weight and Gaining Your Health - Speaker TBA FULL
  • F-8. Nutrition Labels are Black and White… but Need to be Read All Over -
    Holly Herringon, MD, RD, CDE
  • F-9. Linking With Others: Finding Your Support System and Tools Online - Michelle Vicari
  • F-10. It’s Not Just about Obesity: Living with Chronic Conditions that Impact Weight -
    Beth Kollas, PhD
    FULL
  • F-11. Workin’ 9-5… On YOUR Health! Creating a Healthy Workplace - Kelly Prather, MHSE
  • F-12. Vitamins and Supplements after Bariatric Surgery – How Do I Know What I Need? -
    Meredith Luce, RD
  • F-13. Am I My Own Worst Enemy? Breaking-free from Self-sabotage - Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM FULL
  • F-14. The Emotional Rollercoaster: Highs and Lows after Weight-loss - Connie Stapleton, PhD FULL
  • F-15. The Frustration of Post-Surgery Regain: Restarting Your Weight-loss -
    Lloyd Stegemann, MD, FASMBS
    FULL
  • F-16. It’s a Guy Thing – A Conversation for Men about Weight and Health - Walter Medlin, MD, FACS
  • F-17. Romance and Love after Weight-loss: The Fears and Excitement of Intimacy - Sara Wright, MA
  • F-18. Understanding the Family Dynamic and its Role in Weight and Health - Melodie Griffin, MHA
Saturday Topics:
  • S-1. Binge Eating Disorder: Understand it. Control it. Manage it. - Michelle May, MD FULL
  • S-2. You are Your Best Advocate: Leading Your Healthcare Team - Sarah Bramblette
  • S-3. Low Effort, High Impact: Prioritizing Personal Changes to Tackle Your Health -
    Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, BS
  • S-4. Embracing “The Change” – Menopause, Hormones and Your Weight - Beth Kollas, PhD FULL
  • S-5. Business or Pleasure: How to “Carry-on” Your Health Goals on the Road - Speaker TBA FULL
  • S-6. A to Zen – Yoga, Meditation and Stretching - Speaker TBA FULL
  • S-7. Sad, Mad, Glad – Overcoming Emotional Eating - Connie Stapleton, PhD FULL
  • S-8. In it for the Long Haul: Tips for Success in Your Bariatric Surgery Journey - Michelle Vicari FULL
  • S-9. Advocating for Me - Helping Others Understand My Decision to Have Bariatric Surgery - Cari De La Cruz
  • S-10. The Race to Improved Health – Working toward Your First 5k - Andrea Matthes, CPT
  • S-11. Depression and Your Weight: Tools to Battling these Intertwined Issues -
    Justin Puckett, DO
    FULL
  • S-12. Transfer Addiction – The Science. The Reality. The Truth. - Mark Gold, MD
  • S-13. Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning: Keeping You and Your Wallet Healthy - Tamara Dorway, RD FULL
  • S-14. Plastic Surgery after Weight-loss: Exploring the Procedures - Speaker TBA FULL
  • S-15. Making Your Practice a Bias-free Zone: Tools for Healthcare Providers - Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN
  • S-16. Questions about Bariatric Surgery Revisions? Let’s Talk. - Walter Medlin, MD, FACS
  • S-17. The Expanded Toolbox of Options: Obesity Drugs and Weight Management -
    Domenica Rubino, MD
  • S-18. Bypass, Band, Sleeve, DS? Which Bariatric Surgery Option is Best for Me? -
    Lloyd Stegemann, MD, FASMBS

Lunch with the Experts (LWE) Fee - $15/day

No, Thanks
$15-Friday Lunch (List Top 3 Choices Below)
$15-Saturday Lunch (List Top 3 Choices Below)
$30-Fri. and Sat. Lunch (List Top 3 Choices Below)

Please List Your Top 3 Choices:
Friday Top 3 (ie. F-1, F-2, F-3):

Saturday Top 3 (ie. S-1, S-2, S-3):

OAC Membership (New Memberships and Renewals)

Join the OAC as a new member, or current members can renew their membership when registering for the meeting!


NEW Event! – OAC's March to Washington, DC (Pedometer March and Sunday Morning Walk)

More Info on this NEW Event!

The OAC is marching to Washington, DC – virtually and symbolically! OAC Convention attendees can take part in a NEW event during this year’s meeting – OAC’s Advocacy March to Washington, DC. This event takes place throughout the entire weekend using pedometers and culminates on the Event Lawn at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld on Sunday, September 28, at 7:30 am.With advocacy being one of the core pillars of the OAC, this event celebrates our roots, purpose and mission. With a powerful voice of 50,000 members, we represent individuals with obesity on Capitol Hill. The most powerful part about advocacy is the ability for individuals to come together, and the OAC’s Advocacy March is our chance to symbolically show our strength in numbers and the steps being made to impact change in obesity.

All attendees who participate in the March will receive the official Your Weight Matters Pedometer during Convention to track their steps to Washington, DC. Participants in the March will then join-in our public celebration on Sunday morning, with the event culminating on the virtual steps of Capitol Hill. The walk/March will take place on the grounds of the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, and you will get to experience an event first-hand that showcases the power of all forms of advocacy.

From the grounds at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld to the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, we need our Convention attendees and participants to march 862 miles in three days! That’s equivalent to 1.7 million steps! While that may seem like a daunting task, with 400+ Convention attendees, it WILL BE possible, but only with your participation. This is an OAC Convention fundraising event, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the OAC National Convention Scholarship Fund that helps bring individuals to Convention who cannot afford to attend but need access to the expert education. We hope you join-us for this unforgettable event!


Pre-registration for OAC Training Sessions – 2 Sessions Offered (Thursday)

More Info about Thursday's Training Sessions

This year, the OAC is pleased to offer TWO sessions on Thursday, September 25, that give Convention attendees the opportunity to experience the many ways they can be an advocate and also influence the legislative process. Attendees can choose to attend one of the sessions offered:Advocacy for Beginners – Developing Your Inner Advocate OR OAC’s National Advocacy Training Session.Both sessions are FREE to registered Convention attendees and details for each session may be found below:

Advocacy for Beginners – Developing Your Inner Advocate
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Session Description: Advocacy for Beginners – Developing Your Inner Advocate is a NEW session added to Thursday’s Convention schedule designed to help individuals discover the simple ways that they can be an advocate in their local communities and help make a difference through the OAC. Advocacy can be an intimidating word, and this session is dedicated to helping individuals understand that advocacy comes in many forms and can be very simple. This session is a great first-step for any individual who wants to learn how to get started in becoming an OAC advocate in their local communities and in their everyday efforts. Whether it’s learning how to share your story to make an impact, helping to spread OAC’s powerful messages by participating in your local health or community fairs, or acting as a support system to others, there are a variety of ways that individuals can make a direct impact through advocacy outside of the policy setting. The OAC is committed to helping individuals discover the power of their voice and the simple ways they can make a difference every day.

Who Attends: The Advocacy for Beginners – Developing Your Inner Advocate session is designed for individuals who would like to advocate and make an impact in ways beyond (or in addition to) the government or policy level (see OAC National Advocacy Training Session for policy-directed training). This session is offered for FREE to registered Convention attendees and is open to the first 75 who pre-register. Current membership in the OAC is strongly encouraged. Individuals can sign-up for this session when registering for the OAC National Convention. Lunch will be provided. Attendee who sign-up to attend this session will be contacted to confirm their participation and will be provided details and specifics on the program prior to the event.

OAC National Advocacy Training Session
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Session Description: The OAC is proud to once again host its National Advocacy Training Session during the 2014 Your Weight Matters National Convention. 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 by representing the OAC on Capitol Hill. This session is designed for OAC members who want to take the next step to learn all about the advocacy process and how to make an impact in obesity policy on the local, state and federal levels.

Who Attends: The National Advocacy Training Session is designed for individuals who want to get involved in helping the OAC influence public policy by representing the OAC on Capitol Hill. This session is offered for FREE to registered Convention attendees and is open to the first 75 who pre-register. Individuals can sign-up for this session when registering for the OAC National Convention. Those who have already been formally trained advocates through this program are encouraged to attend the Advocacy for Beginners – Developing Your Inner Advocate session to hone their basic advocacy skills. Lunch will be provided. Attendee who sign-up to attend this session will be contacted to confirm their participation and will be provided details and specifics on the program prior to the event.


Extra Convention Event Tickets

One ticket to each social event is included with Full Convention Registration. This add-on is for those who wish to purchase extra tickets for family or travel companions joining them at these events.

Friday Night Welcoming Ceremonies Themed Dinner Buffet - “Blast from the Past – Party of the Decades!” (Friday at 7:00 pm)


OAC 3rd Annual Awards Dinner (Saturday at 7:30 pm)

Patron Listing - $5/each

Commemorate your attendance and join the list of individuals supporting the 3rd Annual National Convention. This allows you to include your name in our official listing of individual Convention supporters that will be published in the Convention Program Book - the official onsite guide to the meeting.

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Why did you decide to attend this year’s Convention?
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Is this your first-time attending the OAC National Convention?

Yes, this is my first time!
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Disclaimer:

Convention registration fees are nonrefundable. To view the complete Convention Cancellation Policy, please visit www.YWMConvention.com. By completing my meeting registration, I understand that the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) will be taking photos and/or video onsite at the 2014 National Convention for internal and/or promotional use for future meetings. I understand that this means my image could be used in future promotional materials, and I hereby authorize the OAC to use, reproduce, and/or publish photographs and/or video that may pertain to me – including my image, likeness and/or voice – without compensation or recognition. This material may also appear on the OAC’s Web sites and/or social media, which are public outreach avenues. This authorization is continuous for any video footage captured at the 2014 Your Weight Matters National Convention. By completing this registration form, I hereby grant the OAC the right to broadcast, exhibit, market and otherwise distribute this material, in whole or in parts, and alone or with other materials. I understand that if I DO NOT choose to accept these terms that it is my responsibility to contact the OAC directly at convention@obesityaction.org to opt-out.

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