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Vote for Obesity Research! NHLBI's Strategic Visioning Process
Letter from the President
Dear Colleagues,

As you may be aware, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recently launched its Strategic Visioning Initiative and has invited the obesity community, including The Obesity Society, to share our feedback. I am reaching out to ask for ten minutes of your time to cast your individual votes for obesity-related objectives being considered by NHLBI as an integral part of this process. Please find additional details and a voting guide here.

For decades, NHLBI has worked to stimulate groundbreaking scientific discoveries and translate them into better prevention and treatment interventions, enhanced health outcomes, and dramatic contributions in longevity and quality of life. For heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) research to continue to contribute to enhancing lives and improving public health, the Institute has launched its Strategic Visioning process. This initiative is intended to:
  • Help the Institute identify scientific priorities;
  • Ensure the NHLBI community and partners have a shared understanding of its future direction, and;
  • Shape how the Institute makes strategic research investments to achieve scientific breakthroughs in the decade to come.
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    ASSOCIATION NEWS


    U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy unveils key findings from obesity "listening tour"
    TOS
    A top priority for newly appointed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy when he was confirmed in December 2014 was to travel the country talking to people about their health challenges, specifically obesity.

    In a speech headlining the Health Leadership Council-sponsored obesity briefing last week, Dr. Murthy unveiled the top three findings from this "listening tour." These community-based, anti-obesity efforts he found people most excited about included:
    1. Interventions that take healthcare to people where they are (e.g. community health fairs, events)
    2. Teaching sound nutrition and lifestyle choices at an early age (e.g. teaching kids in schools about the benefits of healthy foods and regular exercise)
    3. Community involvement to encourage a shift to healthier habits (e.g. infrastructure changes, healthy food options in the workplace)
    Dr. Murthy said the biggest challenges communities face are knowing where to start, who to go to and how to get needed resources to integrate these changes. He encouraged health leaders to study these new interventions to find out what works, and to take steps to unify work across multiple sectors to achieve needed change.

    "We need to make healthy choices easier and more desirable," he said. "And we need to encourage shifts in structure and culture with a focus on engaging community leaders."

    The forum included obesity experts from companies, hospital systems and government, all taking steps to address America’s obesity crisis. Read more about the event from HLC here.

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    Reminder: Submit papers for the 3rd Annual Obesity Journal Symposium at ObesityWeek℠ 2015
    TOS
    Don't forget: the editors of Obesity are looking for your best research for the 3rd Annual Obesity Journal Symposium, which will be held during ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. The Symposium and the accompanying special section of the journal are designed to showcase the journal's top papers.

    The authors of the winning papers will give oral presentations during the Symposium, and will have their papers featured in a special section at the front of the November 2015 issue of Obesity. Both the Symposium and the published papers will be publicized to the obesity research community and the press. Investigators planning to submit an abstract for ObesityWeek are encouraged to submit their full paper for the Symposium in order to bring even greater visibility to their work. State-of-the art research on the mechanisms of energy balance, innovative clinical or translational studies that challenge current paradigms and novel "proof of concept" papers are particularly sought.

    Please submit your paper through the journal's online manuscript submission system. Entries are now being accepted, and all papers must be submitted for consideration by June 1.

    Additional details are available here. Read last year's winning papers here.

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    Explore the new ObesityWeek.com
    TOS
    ObesityWeek.com is your source for ObesityWeek program updates, abstract submission, venue information and more. Explore our full schedule and learn more about what's new in 2015.
  • View the schedule
  • Submit an abstract
  • Venue information
  • Connect
  • Make sure to check back regularly for the latest updates and program information about ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 2 – 7, 2015.

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    Get CME credit with ObesityWeek on Demand
    TOS
    Did you miss ObesityWeek 2014, but are still looking for CME credit? ObesityWeek on Demand contains 80 hours of presentations from the scientific sessions at ObesityWeek 2014. Watch sessions anytime, anywhere with convenient online access and a USB drive when online viewing is not available. With features like Advanced Search, Bookmarks and Recently Viewed, you can spend less time searching for content and more time learning. It's the easiest way to earn CME credits!

    For a limited time, order ObesityWeek on Demand here and receive a free iPad Air2!

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    TOS members: Access the recording of the free TOS Media Training Webinar
    TOS
    If you missed the free members-only webinar from The Obesity Society, Media & Communications Online Workshop: Leverage Communications to Support Your Work, with presenters Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander, you can now access a recording of the webinar on the members-only page of TOS's online community.

    Watch the recording to get a refresher on obesity communications and secure new tools to take it a step further:
  • Integrating social media
  • Communicating with reporters
  • Tips for public speaking
  • Effective one-on-one meetings, and more!
  • Log in with your TOS username and password to access the recording here. Additional details about the presenters are available on the webinar page of Obesity.org.

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    Order your hardcopy of the Obesity Treatment Guidelines
    TOS
    As part of our work to advance the treatment of obesity, TOS published the Guidelines (2013) for Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Full Report. This full report provides the healthcare community with all of the background that went into the abbreviated, summarized version of the guidelines initially released.

    In November 2013, TOS joined the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to release these long-awaited obesity treatment guidelines, which were a condensed executive summary of this larger, comprehensive expert panel report.

    This hardcopy edition will serve as a go-to resource for health practitioners around the world. Whether you are a physician, nurse, nutritionist or fitness trainer, every professional interacting with individuals with obesity can find value in this insightful treatment guide. Find out more about ordering your copy here.

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    Call for abstracts: TOS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015
    TOS
    Submit your abstracts for oral and poster presentations at TOS's Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015. The abstract submission site remains open through May 1, 2015.

    Each year, ObesityWeek highlights cutting-edge findings across a broad range of topics — from the basic science of obesity, to treatment and prevention. You won't want to miss this prestigious opportunity to present your research to your esteemed colleagues, industry, media, state and federal health authorities and the public.

    You can find a full list of instructions for submitting your abstracts here and access the submission site here. Read more about the submission process in this letter from TOS President Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, FTOS.

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    eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
    Contributed by TOS eHealth/mHealth Section
    To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth Section offers the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner. This week's articles include:
    Sepah SC, Jiang L, Peters AL. Long-Term Outcomes of a Web-Based Diabetes Prevention Program: 2-Year Results of a Single-Arm Longitudinal Study. J Med Internet Res. 2015 Apr 10;17(4):e92. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4052.

    Hekler EB, Buman MP, Grieco L, et al. Validation of Physical Activity Tracking via Android Smartphones Compared to ActiGraph Accelerometer: Laboratory-Based and Free-Living Validation Studies. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Apr 15;3(2):e36. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.3505.

    Hall AK, Cole-Lewis H, Bernhardt JM. Mobile text messaging for health: a systematic review of reviews. Annu Rev Public Health. 2015 Mar 18;36:393-415. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122855.
    If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Danielle Schoffman (schoffmd@email.sc.edu), and we'll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.

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    OBESITY IN THE NEWS


    Obesity link to prostate cancer may vary by race
    Reuters via Yahoo News
    Obesity may be partly responsible for higher rates of prostate cancer observed among African American men, suggests a new U.S. study. The links between obesity and prostate cancer among different races is complex, researchers say, but if emphasis is put on keeping people at a healthy weight, the excess burden of this cancer among African Americans might be reduced.
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    Some stores stop selling controversial diet supplements
    HealthCentral
    The dietary supplement retailer Vitamin Shoppe says it will stop selling all products that list on their labels a plant known as acacia rigidula. This was after a study published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis found that many products containing this ingredient also contain a potentially dangerous amphetamine-like stimulant called BMPEA.
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    EEOC backs off in wellness program regs
    ConscienHealth
    Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lifted the veil on long-awaited regulations regarding employer wellness programs. These regs back off on the EEOC's earlier position that excessive penalties in wellness programs make them involuntary and thus a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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    ESPN reporter Britt McHenry slammed by obesity group over 'inappropriate' comments in tow company video
    MSN
    Britt McHenry, the ESPN reporter who was suspended for a week after a video of her berating a tow-lot employee surfaced, has drawn the wrath of an obesity group that wants McHenry to apologize personally to the employee she savaged. James Zervios, the vice president of marketing and communications for the Obesity Action Coalition, told TheWrap on Friday that McHenry's comments were "unacceptable."
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    Teach children how to read food labels and more advice from a nutritionist on raising healthy eaters
    Relaxnews via Yahoo News
    Good eating habits could ward off obesity, says Tanda Kidd, an associate professor of human nutrition and extension specialist at Kansas State University who has made kids the focus of much of her research. What's more, she says, a balanced diet could foster success in life, for studies suggest it improves concentration, alertness and keeps emotional and physical health in check.
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    Thyrotropin, insulin sensitivity negatively associated in euthyroid adolescent boys with obesity
    Healio
    An association was found between thyrotropin and insulin sensitivity in euthyroid adolescent males with obesity and without diabetes, according to study findings published in Thyroid. "This study suggests that [thyrotropin] levels in euthyroid, nondiabetic, obese adolescent males are negatively associated with insulin sensitivity, determined using the oral minimal model approach," the researchers wrote. "The sex-specific differential negative association of [thyrotropin] with insulin sensitivity, even after controlling for BMI, is a somewhat surprising but novel finding."
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    Triple Aim: Telehealth and mHealth key for strategic planning
    mHealthIntelligence
    Telehealth and mHealth are key competencies for healthcare organizations attempting to meet the goals of the Triple Aim, HIMSS15 attendees are demonstrating. As patient engagement and satisfaction have a greater impact on emerging reimbursement structures and regulatory mandates, healthcare providers are turning to telehealth as a cost-effective way to expand access to care while providing quality services.
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