We are excited to share with you a glimpse of the plans being laid for the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) 2022 Your Weight Matters Convention. The OAC is happy to report that our Convention Committees are already hard at work and actively meeting to plan next year’s Convention with many new exciting developments.

While we are not able to release full details yet (stay tuned for an announcement in early January), we can share that the OAC has plans to once again host YWM-Virtual, but, we are also aiming to bring back our in-person Convention in 2022 that we know so many have missed. The OAC will offer two separate events (hosted over different dates) designed to meet the needs of our diverse and growing Community.

OAC’s Your Weight Matters Convention has stood strong for the past 10 years as the nation’s leading patient conference that brings together individuals to learn, connect and get empowered. Taking our Convention to a virtual platform for the past two years provided the OAC a unique opportunity to expand our reach. What’s clear is that the need for access to quality, science-based education has never been more critical, which is why the OAC is committed to hosting YWM-Virtual each year moving forward.

The OAC also recognizes the importance for our Community to have a place to come together to dive deeper into their learning and connect with one another for support, while discovering ways to get more involved in our cause. This type of experience is best accomplished by coming together in-person, which is why OAC is making this a high priority in 2022. Navigating plans to host an in-person meeting comes with its own challenges during a global pandemic, and it’s important to recognize that the OAC is carefully evaluating ways to do this that keep the health and well-being of our attendees our top concern. We must recognize that people living with obesity are at higher risk of developing complications with Covid, so all decisions are being made with the health and safety of our Community in mind.

Current plans are to host YWM2022-Virtual in the Spring over one weekend, with OAC’s in-person Convention being targeted for our typical Summer timeframe (location TBA). We plan to share complete details for OAC’s Your Weight Matters Convention offerings in January, but we hope that we’ve been able to give you a small glimpse of what’s in store for 2022.

We hope you will stay tuned for all the exciting news to come and that you make plans to attend one (or both) of our Convention events in 2022! We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times, and we look forward to serving you in 2022 with all that the OAC and its programming has to offer!

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