FRIDAY, July 20

Schedule subject to change

General Events
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Fri. Morning Group Exercise Classes & Walks/Runs
(Included with Convention Registration)
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Fri. Morning Group Exercise Classes & Walks/Runs
(Included with Convention Registration)

Class Schedule Coming Soon!

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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration Open
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Registration Open
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7:30 am - 5:15 pm
EXPO Hall Open
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EXPO Hall Open
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7:30 am - 9:15 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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7:45 am - 8:45 am
NEW EVENT! - Fri. Breakfast with the Experts (ticketed event)

1. We are Family: Approaching Obesity Management Together - Nancy Krebs, MD, MS

2. "I'm new...me too!" Connecting with Fellow First-time Attendees - Debe Gau

3. Choosing the Right Surgical Procedure for Me - Walter Medlin, MD

4. An Honest Conversation about Transfer Addiction - David Creel, PhD

5. Relationships: Who's Changing - Me or them? - Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBA

6. Practical Tips for Breaking Food Cravings - Holly Herrington, MS, RD, LDN, CDE

7. Vitamins from A to Z: Knowing What I Need after Bariatric Surgery - Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP, FTOS

8. Mind and Body: Why Does My Brain Zig While My Actions Zag? - Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN

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NEW EVENT! - Fri. Breakfast with the Experts (ticketed event)

Breakfast with the Experts is a NEW ticketed event at Convention that is a spin-off the popular Lunch with the Experts session. The Breakfast 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 breakfast table topic on each day and have a more intimate discussion about their topic of interest. This is a 60-minute session.

Registration for this Special Event is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will pre-select their breakfast table topic when registering for the Convention. Breakfast is included in the ticket fee.

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Friday General Sessions
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Event Welcome - Stronger Together: Taking #OACAction to New Heights

Presented by: Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RDN; and Ethan Lazarus, MD

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Event Welcome - Stronger Together: Taking #OACAction to New Heights

Don’t miss the official kick-off to the Convention where we’ll set the stage for a weekend filled with education, community and inspiration you won’t forget! At YWM2018, we’ll be taking our health to new heights together… so it’s appropriate that we start things off with two Opening Keynote Presenters who embody the spirit of taking action and getting things done – Jeanne Blankenship and Dr. Ethan Lazarus!

Nationally acclaimed for their work with advocacy, action, and assisting the American Medical Association (AMA) to declare obesity as a disease, Dr. Lazarus and Ms. Blankenship are strong proponents of the belief that obesity deserves stronger care, treatment and understanding. When we talk about “Taking Action,” it’s because there’s so much work to be done in the obesity landscape to improve the lives of people affected by it. In this energetic and exciting session, Dr. Lazarus and Ms. Blankenship will demonstrate the strength in working together, and show us practical ways we can take #OACAction to make things happen!

So, come away inspired from this session to not only begin taking action on behalf of others affected by obesity, but also in your own life – for your health!

Presented By:

Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RDNJ Blankenship Headshot 2014
Jeanne Blankenship is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the Vice President of Policy Initiatives and Advocacy for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her advocacy work focuses on professional issues for dietitians and nutrition professionals and includes coverage and reimbursement for Medical Nutrition Therapy, Nutrition Informatics, and Work Force Demands. As a nationally recognized expert in obesity, Ms. Blankenship has emphasized the need for comprehensive obesity treatment in her advocacy efforts. Ms. Blankenship also oversees state government relations, including consumer protection and licensure initiatives, grass roots advocacy and regulatory affairs. She manages the Academy’s Political Action Committee, Legislative and Public Policy Committee and the Consumer Protection and Licensure Subcommittee for the Academy.

 

Ethan LazarusEthan Lazarus, MD
Dr. Ethan Lazarus, a Denver native,  has practiced full-time obesity medicine at Clinical Nutrition Center here in Greenwood Village, Colo. for 15 years. In addition to his work treating patients, Dr. Lazarus is the Vice President for the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) and serves as their delegate at the American Medical Association (AMA). He played an important role in encouraging the AMA to recognize obesity as a disease in 2013, and has authored and passed numerous policies since that time. Last summer, Dr. Lazarus presented a 90 minute C.M.E. course titled  "Current Concepts in Obesity" to a packed conference room at the 2017 annual meeting of the AMA - the first ever symposium on obesity at an AMA meeting, and concurrently introduced - and passed - a policy calling on the AMA to reduce weight-bias by encouraging the use of person-first language.

 

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9:50 am - 10:30 am
Why is it So Hard to Lose Weight and Keep it off?

Presented by: Kevin Hall, PhD

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Why is it So Hard to Lose Weight and Keep it off?

As if losing weight wasn’t already hard enough… now I have to deal with the difficulty of keeping it off, too? Unfortunately, your weight management journey doesn’t end when the number on the scale goes down. It takes a lifelong commitment to maintain your success – but why? Dr. Kevin Hall, expert research scientist from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will dive into the physiological aspects of our bodies that make weight-loss and weight maintenance so challenging. But, most importantly, he will provide you with practical tools to make long-lasting lifestyle changes that promote overall health and benefit your weight!

Presented by:

Kevin Hall, PhDKevin Hall, PhD
Dr. Kevin Hall received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight. Dr. Hall develops mathematical models and computer simulations to help design, predict, and interpret the results of clinical research studies conducted by his laboratory to better understand human nutrition and metabolism. His award-winning Body Weight Planner has been used by millions of people to help predict how diet and physical activity dynamically interact to affect human body weight.

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10:30 am - 11:15 am
Break - Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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Break - Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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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
The More You Know: Lessons Learned from Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment

Presented by: Thomas Inge, MD, PhD; and Nancy Krebs, MD, MS

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The More You Know: Lessons Learned from Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment

Obesity is a complicated disease, and science shows us that many biological and genetic factors are at play. So if that’s the case… what can we learn about obesity by looking at some of the younger people it impacts? Drs. Nancy Krebs and Tom Inge are here to iron out the hot-button topic of childhood obesity and discuss why it happens, what we can do in the world of prevention/treatment, and what lessons we can apply to managing obesity in individuals of all ages.

Presented by:

Thomas Inge, MD, PhDThomas Inge
Dr. Thomas Inge is a professor and Chair of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Colorado and University of Colorado, Denver. In 2017 he established the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Center, integrating a surgical treatment option into the existing obesity treatment program for adolescents with severe obesity at the of the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Dr. Inge has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the past decade to develop the evidence base defining the role of surgery to treat adolescents with clinically severe obesity and has authored or co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and provided over 120 invited lectures for national and international professional groups.

Nancy Krebs, MD, MS
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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Fri. Lunch with the Experts (ticketed event)

1. Treating Teens with Severe Obesity: Reaching the Decision for Surgery - Thomas Inge, MD, PhD

2. Finding the Fun in Celebrations... beyond the Food - Christine Russel, MS, RDN

3. From Pre-op to Post-op - Preparing for the Journey Ahead –
Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN

4. The Mechanics of Your Metabolism: Set-point, Biology, Hormones and More –
Nadia B. Pietrzykowska, MD, FACP, Dipl. ABOM

5. When the Number Goes Up, Don't Give Up: Dealing with Weight Regain - Walter Medlin, MD

6. Hands-on Nutrition: Meal Planning and Prepping - Holly Herrington, MS, RD, LDN, CDE

7. Learning to Love Exercise: Simple Tips to Getting Started - Yelena Kibasova

8. Silencing Your Inner Critic: Nixing the Negative Self-talk - Paul Davidson, PhD

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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.

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Friday Breakout Sessions
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday Breakout Session
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Weighing the Impact: Understanding Obesity's Related Conditions
Presented by: Scott Kahan, MD, MPH; and Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP, FTOS

  • Topic 1: Examining the Most Common Obesity-related Conditions
  • Topic 2: Balancing Your Related Conditions and Staying on Course

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BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Asking for Help: Facing Post-surgery Weight Regain Head-on
Presented by: Robert Kushner, MD; Paul Davidson, PhD; and Holly Herrington, MS, RD, LDN, CDE

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

BREAKOUT SESSION 1:

Weighing the Impact: Understanding Obesity’s Related Conditions

Did you know that obesity is associated with more than 40 related health conditions? That number might sound a little scary, but it just goes to show how much obesity affects our overall health and wellness. In this informative session, Drs. Scott Kahan and Christopher Still will examine the most common obesity-related conditions, like type 2 diabetes, GERD, sleep apnea and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and uncover the astounding health benefits of modest weight-loss. Are you having trouble balancing the management of obesity and your related-conditions? Attend this session for practical tips, alternatives and options for tackling all of them!

  • Topic 1: Examining the Most Common Obesity-related Conditions
  • Topic 2: Balancing Your Related Conditions and Staying on Course

Presented by:

Scott Kahan, MD, MPHScott Kahan - Headshot
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 in Washington, DC, Medical Director of the George Washington University Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, and Chair of the Clinical Committee for The Obesity Society. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) and Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). He has received numerous awards, including the OAC Healthcare Provider Advocate of the Year and The Obesity Society's 2017 Clinician of the Year.  Dr. Kahan is the chair of the 2018 Convention Program Agenda Committee.

Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP, FTOSChris Still - Headshot
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. His work has included research into genetic markers for obesity, NASH and diabetes; longitudinal assessment and outcomes of the bariatric surgery patient. 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.

 


BREAKOUT SESSION 2:

Asking for Help: Facing Post-surgery Weight Regain Head-on

Your post-op journey has been exciting as you’ve watched the number on the scale change. But what if you’ve noticed regain starting to happen? What’s happening here and what can you do about it? Post-surgery regain is a hot-button topic that everyone has questions about, and it’s completely normal! Ease your worries in this dynamic session presented by a full panel of experts who will help you understand the biological, behavioral and psychological factors at play with weight regain. Meanwhile, discover the latest research, trials and interventions at work and discover take-home strategies to help you prevent/overcome regain in the process!

Presented 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  Co-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.

Paul Davidson, PhDPaul Davidson
Dr. Paul Davidson is a bariatric psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Services in The Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is passionate about his clinical work, the promotion of behavioral research in obesity, advocacy for obesity care, and his family.

Holly Herrington, MS, RD, LDN, CDEHerrington - Head Shot
Holly Herrington has been a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for 10 years. She has served as a clinical dietitian in the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for eight years, specializing in gastrointestinal diseases, diabetes and weight management. Ms. Herrington has co-authored textbook chapters on nutrition for bariatric surgery and weight regain following bariatric surgery. She has been a guest lecturer and presenter at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), The Obesity Society (TOS) and a faculty speaker at the Obesity Summit 2015.

 

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3:00 pm - 3:45 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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3:35 pm - 3:45 pm
10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo
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10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo

Details coming soon!

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3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday Breakout Session
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT SESSION 3
A Piece of the Puzzle: Obesity Medications for Weight-loss and Long-term Weight Maintenance
Presented by: Scott Kahan, MD, MPH; and Ted Kyle, RPh

  • Topic 1: Perception versus Reality: The New Landscape of Obesity Medications
  • Topic 2: A Practical Look: Partnering with Your Provider to Discuss Medications

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BREAKOUT SESSION 4
Beyond Surgery: Prioritizing Post-op Annual Visits and Long-term Care
Moderated by: Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBA

  • Topic 1: Let's Talk: The Medical Side
    Walter Medlin, MD
  • Topic 2: Let's Talk: Nutrition and Exercise
    David Creel, PhD
  • Topic 3: Let's Talk: Mental Health and Your Wellbeing
    Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT
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Friday Breakout Session
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT SESSION 3:

A Piece of the Puzzle: Obesity Medications for Weight-loss and Long-term Weight Maintenance 

Obesity medications have been around for a long time, but they’re not your grandmother’s medications! In fact, the pharmacotherapy landscape has changed drastically throughout the past years with new research and innovations always coming down the pipeline – and more are on the way! Not sure if pharmacotherapy is an option for you? This insightful session will dispel some of the most common myths about obesity medications and walk you through their role in an individual’s weight management journey. Whether you’re a patient or a healthcare provider, you can learn a lot about the groundbreaking work being done in obesity treatment and explore what options – both now and in the future – you may want to get on-board with!

  • Topic 1: Perception versus Reality: The New Landscape of Obesity Medications
  • Topic 2: A Practical Look: Partnering with Your Provider to Discuss Medications

Presented by:

Scott Kahan, MD, MPHScott Kahan - Headshot
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 in Washington, DC, Medical Director of the George Washington University Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, and Chair of the Clinical Committee for The Obesity Society. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) and Obesity Action Coalition. He has received numerous awards, including the OAC Healthcare Provider Advocate of the Year and The Obesity Society's 2017 Clinician of the Year. Dr. Kahan is the chair of the 2018 Convention Program Agenda Committee.

Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA
Ted Kyle - HeadshotTed Kyle founded ConscienHealth in 2009. Ted is a pharmacist and healthcare innovation professional who works with health and obesity experts for sound policy and innovation to address obesity. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition, advises The Obesity Society on advocacy, and consults with organizations addressing the needs of people living with obesity. His widely-read daily commentary, published at ConscienHealth.org, reaches an audience of more than 10,000 thought leaders in health and obesity.


BREAKOUT SESSION 4:

Beyond Surgery: Prioritizing Post-op Annual Visits and Long-term Care

You’ve had bariatric surgery and you’re well on your way to a healthier you. But, does that mean you can sit back and skip your annual visits with your surgeon? Far from it! Obesity is a chronic disease that requires lifelong management – even beyond bariatric surgery. That’s where your annual post-op visits come in! Whether you’re visiting your post-op healthcare provider for your regular labs, coming in to talk about nutrition and exercise or simply checking-in with the way you’re feeling, your post-op visits are crucial. Learn how to prioritize and maximize your post-op visits in this session to make the most out of your weight and health journey!

  • Topic 1: Let’s Talk: The Medical Side
  • Topic 2: Let's Talk: Nutrition and Exercise 
  • Topic 3: Let's Talk: Mental Health and Your Wellbeing

Presented by:

Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBAPam Davis
Pam Davis is a Certified Bariatric Nurse and a bariatric surgery patient. Ms. Davis currently serves on the OAC National Board of Directors, having served as a past-chairman, and is the chair of the OAC Convention Planning Committee. Ms. Davis has served in multiple volunteer roles including her service as the Past-president of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, Chair of the Integrated Health Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and on the Executive Council of ASMBS. In 2007 she received the Award of Service Excellence from the Case Management Society of America and in 2015 recieved the Integrated Health Circle of Excellence award from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. As a gastric bypass patient 17-years post-op and a nurse with 15 years experience working with those affected by obesity and through her volunteer efforts, Ms. Davis strives to educate employers and physicians on obesity prevention and treatment.

Walter Medlin, MDDr Walt Medlin
Dr. Walter Medlin is a post-op sleeve gastrectomy patient. Dr. Medlin is also a bariatric surgeon and passionate advocate for access to care for all. Dr. Medlin invites you to visit any legislator with him! Dr. Medlin is also a member of the OAC National Board of Directors, serves as Committee Co-Chair on the Access to Care Committee and serves on the OAC Long-range Planning Committee.

David Creel, PhDdr-david-creel
Dr. David Creel enjoys his work with surgical and nonsurgical weight management patients at St. Vincent Bariatrics in Carmel, Ind. He is a licensed psychologist, an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, a registered dietitian, and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Dr. Creel is an active researcher and recently published his first book: A Size That Fits: Lose Weight and Keep it off, One Thought at a Time.

Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPTMerrill
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.

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General Events
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Break - Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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Break - Visit EXPO Hall Vendors
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5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Fri. Afternoon Group Exercise Classes
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Fri. Afternoon Group Exercise Classes
(Included with Convention Registration)

Class Schedule Coming Soon!

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Special Event
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Welcoming Ceremonies Dinner
(ticketed event)
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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.

This year's theme is, "The Great Outdoors," and attendees are invited to come dressed in their BEST outdoor 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 Costume..." so don’t be afraid to start brainstorming now!

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, July 21

Schedule subject to change

General Events
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Sat. Morning Group Exercise Classes & Walks/Runs
(Included with Convention Registration)
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Sat. Morning Group Exercise Classes & Walks/Runs
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration Open
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Registration Open
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7:30 am - 5:15 pm
EXPO Hall Open
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EXPO Hall Open
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7:30 am - 9:15 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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7:45 am - 8:45 am
NEW EVENT! - Sat. Breakfast with the Experts (ticketed event)

1. Taking #OACAction: Let's Get Social to Make a Difference - Shelly Vicari

2. Fighting for Coverage: Steps to Appealing a Denial - Sarah Bramblette, MSHL

3. Medications for Chronic Weight Management: Let's Explore! - Robert Kushner, MD

4. Extreme Makeover: Pantry Edition - Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBA

5. What the Health? Exploring the Vegetarian Lifestyle - Speaker TBA

6. Sleep, Stress and Your Health: Creating a Life of Self-care - Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS

7. Taking Control: Chronic Pain Management and its Impact on Your Journey - Speaker TBA

8. PCOS and Obesity: Let's Talk about it - Sunil Daniel, MD, FTOS

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NEW EVENT! - Sat. Breakfast with the Experts (ticketed event)

Breakfast with the Experts is a NEW ticketed event at Convention that is a spin-off the popular Lunch with the Experts session. The Breakfast 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 breakfast table topic on each day and have a more intimate discussion about their topic of interest. This is a 60-minute session.

Registration for this Special Event is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will pre-select their breakfast table topic when registering for the Convention. Breakfast is included in the ticket fee.

 

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Saturday General Sessions
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Can Exercise Remodel Your Metabolism?

Presented by: James Hill, PhD

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Can Exercise Remodel Your Metabolism?

Do you ever feel like your metabolism is just “stuck,” making it hard for you to manage your weight the way you want to? Exercise might just be your missing puzzle piece! In this thought-provoking session, Dr. Jim Hill will dispel some common exercise myths and help you understand exactly why physical activity is so crucial to weight-loss and weight maintenance. Not much of an exerciser? Don’t worry – Dr. Hill will also provide some useful tips for becoming someone who LOVES, and benefits, from regular activity!

Presented by:

James Hill, PhDJim Hill
Dr. Jim Hill, Director of the Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center, is one of the world’s foremost experts in obesity and weight management. He has published more than 600 scientific articles and book chapters on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in weight management and in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. Dr. Hill is a co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry, a registry of individuals who have been successful in maintenance of a reduced body weight, and author of the Step Diet Book and the State of Slim.

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9:50 am - 10:30 am
On the Horizon: The Science behind a Personalized Approach to Obesity Care

Presented by: Paul S. MacLean, PhD

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On the Horizon: The Science behind a Personalized Approach to Obesity Care

Everybody and every BODY is different – but what if you could manage your weight in a way that fits your personality and specific needs? Good news… the future looks bright! In this inspiring session, Dr. Paul McClean will present the research, framework and tools that leading research scientists have been using to develop personalized treatments in obesity medicine. Don’t miss out on this exciting session to catch a glimpse of the future and check out what lies ahead for tailored obesity treatments!

Presented by:

Paul S. MacLean, PhD
Speaker bio coming soon!

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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
Impact of Weight Bias on Your Health: Steps to Rejecting Self-Stigma

Presented by: Rebecca Pearl, PhD

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Impact of Weight Bias on Your Health: Steps to Rejecting Self-Stigma

Despite what society often tells us, your weight doesn’t define who you are. But let’s be honest… sometimes it doesn’t feel this way. When we self-stigmatize and begin to associate our weight with self-worth, we feel the effects of weight bias internalization. In this breakthrough session, Dr. Rebecca Pearl will review current research on weight bias internalization and how it affects our overall health, while also providing specific techniques we can use to reduce our negative thoughts and challenge bias when we see it – taking your health to NEW heights!

Presented by:

Rebecca Pearl, PhDRebecca Pearl - Headshot
Dr. Rebecca Pearl is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University, before completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pearl actively conducts research examining the mental and physical health consequences of weight stigma and potential strategies to reduce weight bias internalization.

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General Events
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Sat. Lunch with the Experts (ticketed event)

1. The ABCs of Working with Your PCP: Starting the Conversation – Adam Tsai, MD

2. Post-Op Wisdom: Lessons Learned from the Great Outdoors – Rob Portinga

3. Why is My Weight-loss Stalling? Pushing through a Plateau – Nadia B. Pietrzykowska, MD, FACP Dipl. ABOM

4. Self-sabotage: Battling Your Worst Enemy.. Yourself – Paul Davidson, PhD

5. Ask a Plastic Surgeon: What to Know about Body Conturing – Speaker TBA

6. Understanding Revisions: Looking at the Factors at Play - Walter Medlin, MD

7. Get on Your Way to Training for a 5K - Pandora Williams, CPT

8. Exiting the Emotional Eating Rollercoaster – Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS

9. Fighting the Battle against Food Addiction - David Creel, PhD

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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.

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Saturday Breakout Sessions
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday Breakout Session
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Finding Your “Sweet Spot” in Nutrition
Presented by: Cassie I. Story, RDN; Sloane Mendelsohn, MS, RDN; and Jeanne Blankenship, RD

  • Topic 1: Hot Topics: Current Diet and Nutrition Trends
  • Topic 2: Let’s Digest: Comparing the Most Popular Nutrition Plans and Consumer Diet Trends
  • Topic 3: Renovate Your Plate: Recipe Makeovers

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BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Self-image and Acceptance Following Bariatric Surgery
Presented by: Paul Davidson, PhD; and Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS

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

BREAKOUT SESSION 1:

Finding Your “Sweet Spot” in Nutrition

Everywhere you turn, there seems to be a new diet or nutrition trend popping up. There’s the ketogenic diet, Whole 30, flexitarian diet, intermittent fasting… you name it! With all of the different information out there, how are you supposed to know what’s right for you and your unique weight management journey? We know it’s a lot to digest, so we’re here to ease your confusion and help you navigate the world of popular diets and nutrition trends. Along the way, we’ll show you the evidence and long-term outcomes for each, and then help you personalize nutrition to fit YOUR specific needs!

  • Topic 1: Hot Topics: Current Diet and Nutrition Trends
  • Topic 2: Let’s Digest: Comparing the Most Popular Nutrition Plans and Consumer Diet Trends
  • Topic 3:  Setting the Table: Maximizing Your Nutrition Strategy

Presented 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.

 


BREAKOUT SESSION 2:

Self-image and Acceptance Following Bariatric Surgery

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!

  • Topic 1: The Psychology of Weight on Self-view Pre and Post-Surgery
  • Topic 2: Addressing the Emotional Impacts of Successful Weight-loss
  • Topic 3: Developing Strategies for Self-acceptance after Bariatric Surgery

Presented by:

Paul Davidson, PhDPaul Davidson
Dr. Paul Davidson is a bariatric psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Services in The Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is passionate about his clinical work, the promotion of behavioral research in obesity, advocacy for obesity care and his family.

Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOSRachel Goldman, Ph.D., FTOS
Dr. Rachel Goldman is a licensed psychologist specializing in health behavior change. She is the Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and is currently in private practice in NYC, where she sees individual clients pre- and post-surgery. She also provides consulting services to other professionals and corporations, including corporate wellness workshops. Prior to starting her private practice, Dr. Goldman was the Senior Bariatric Psychologist at the Center for Obesity and Weight Management at Bellevue Hospital. Her work as a bariatric psychologist was highlighted in the June 2016 APA Monitor on Psychology. She is passionate about helping others make behavior changes that will allow them to live happier and healthier lives.


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3:00 pm - 3:45 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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3:35 pm - 3:45 pm
10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo
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10-Minute Pre-session Exercise Demo

Details coming soon!

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3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday Breakout Session
(2 Offered - Choose Either to Attend!)

BREAKOUT SESSION 3
A Partnership to a Healthier You: The Role of Your PCP in Managing the Chronic Disease of Obesity
Presented by: Adam Tsai, MD and Kimberly Davis

  • Topic 1: Being Proactive: The Value of Primary Care in Your Health Journey
  • Topic 2: Bridging the Conversation: Prioritizing Weight Management in Primary Care

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BREAKOUT SESSION 4
Weight-loss vs. Body Positivity: Making the Ends Meet
Presented by: Scott Kahan, MD, MPH

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

BREAKOUT SESSION 3:

A Partnership to a Healthier You: The Role of Your PCP in Managing the Chronic Disease of Obesity

It can be scary to talk to your Primary Care Physician (PCP) if you’re trying to manage your weight and overall health. What if they don’t agree with the approach you’re taking? What about my general health – how can I be sure that stays a priority, too? What if I want to ask about new treatments for weight management? Your PCP can be your ally in your journey – providing tools, resources and support to guide you along the way. In this session, Dr. Adam Tsai will offer a PCP’s perspective on working with individuals in a clinical care setting to ensure optimal health while not neglecting your efforts to manage your weight. PLUS – you’ll get to hear from a patient, too, as they show us how to bridge the patient/PCP relationship together!

  • Topic 1: Being Proactive: The Value of Primary Care in Your Health Journey

  • Topic 2: Bridging the Conversation: Prioritizing Weight Management in Primary Care

Presented by:

Adam Tsai, MDKaiser Permanente
Dr. Adam Tsai practices internal medicine and obesity medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Denver, Colo. Dr. Tsai is Kaiser’s clinical lead for adult obesity prevention and treatment, where he helps lead the development of weight management guidelines on a national level. He is the director of the review course in obesity medicine run by The Obesity Society (TOS), which helps to prepare several hundred physicians each year for the board exam.

Kimberly DavisKaiser Permanente
Kimberly Davis is a healthy individual who has struggled with her weight for much of her adult life. She was proactive in seeking assistance from her physician to help her with managing her weight. In her professional life, Kimberly works as a data dissemination specialist to provide economic and demographic information from the federal government.


BREAKOUT SESSION 4:

Weight-loss vs. Body Positivity: Making Ends Meet

Can I love and accept my body while also trying to actively improve my health? There’s a great divide between messages of body positivity and taking charge of your weight because of your health. So, which side should you take? Rather than focusing on the negative effects of both arguments, this thought-provoking session will help you discover common ground between these two popular philosophies. So… if you’ve ever wondered how to balance health with self-love and appreciation in terms of weight, don’t miss this exciting discussion!

Presented by:

Scott Kahan, MD, MPHScott Kahan - Headshot
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 in Washington, DC, Medical Director of the George Washington University Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, and Chair of the Clinical Committee for The Obesity Society. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) and Obesity Action Coalition. He has received numerous awards, including the OAC Healthcare Provider Advocate of the Year and The Obesity Society's 2017 Clinician of the Year. Dr. Kahan is the chair of the 2018 Convention Program Agenda Committee.

 

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General Events
5:00 pm - 5:15 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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5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Saturday Afternoon Workshop:

50 Shades of Obesity (ticketed event)

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

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Saturday Afternoon Workshop:

50 Shades of Obesity (ticketed event)
Featuring Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT

This special ticketed event will focus on relationships and intimacy as it relates to your journey with obesity.

The different “shades” of obesity are immense with many layers. There are physiological, behavioral and emotional impacts that affect our lives in many ways – relationships included!

Maybe you’re in a committed or emerging romantic relationship, in the dating game, considering exploring what’s out there, or just avoiding relationships altogether. Wherever you find yourself in these sometimes “Grey” areas, one thing remains clear. Healthy and thriving relationships can add so much value to our lives – but they can be difficult to have if you struggle with weight, trust issues, body image, or if you just don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to relationships. This is for you!

In this intimate, dynamic workshop, discover ways to not only sustain your romantic relationships but succeed in them – no matter your struggles with weight. This popular workshop will touch on sensitive but important issues such as body image, intimacy and chemical changes. You will explore expectations, boundaries, insecurities and so much more. So, join Merrill Littleberry at YWM2018 as we dive into the “50 shades of obesity” and tackle the more intimate side of your weight management journey!

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.

Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPTMerrill Littleberry
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.

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5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Sat. Afternoon Group Exercise Classes
(Included with Convention Registration)
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Sat. Afternoon Group Exercise Classes
(Included with Convention Registration)

Class Schedule Coming Soon!

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Special Event
7:30 pm - 9:00 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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