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Policy Update: Obesity treatment success in Colorado
Letter from the President
Dear Colleagues,

During the past 12 months, TOS has worked alongside the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), who has spearheaded Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) advocacy efforts to encourage state health exchange programs to provide essential health benefit (EHB) coverage for obesity treatment services. I'm pleased to share that these efforts recently resulted in a positive outcome in Colorado; the state health exchange selected a new EHB benchmark plan for 2017 — one that expands coverage for obesity treatment.

This decision by the Colorado Division of Insurance followed a June 1st public stakeholder meeting to discuss the benchmark selection process and solicit public input and feedback. Prior to the meeting the Division posted the policy documents and a side-by-side summary chart of the nine plans eligible for selection as the state's benchmark plan. At the stakeholder meeting and for a two-week period thereafter, stakeholders were asked for their comments and recommendations on the candidate plans.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Call for nominations: TOS Council and Nominating Committee open through August 3
TOS
TOS has seven open positions for Council and three open positions within the Nominating Committee. Nominations are due on August 3. Find out how to submit your nomination here.

Councilors serve in an advisory role and have targeted duties for the functioning of the Society. Councilors' responsibilities include oversight of and reporting on the activities of assigned committees, sections and task forces. Office term for Councilors is three years with the exception of Vice President.

The seven open positions include:
1. Vice President
2. Council with Portfolio: Population/Epidemiology/Community
3. Council with Portfolio: WOF Regional Vice President
4. Council with Portfolio: Advocacy/Public Affairs/Regulatory
5. Council with Portfolio: Basic/Experimental/Pre-clinical
6. Council with Portfolio: One At-Large Position
7. Council with Portfolio: At-Large: Representative for Canada
Nominees must be Fellows or regular members of the Society in good standing. North American and international residents are eligible for office. Nominations must be received by Monday, August 3, 2015. Please contact Trimmer Green at governance@obesity.org if you have additional questions regarding these offices and/or submitting a nomination.

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TOS members save $100 when registering for the Cardiometabolic Risk Summit
TOS
TOS is pleased to announce our ongoing partnership with the Cardiometabolic Risk Summit. This fall conference (CRS Fall) will return to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas from September 25-27, 2015, and TOS members save $100 on registration with a special discount code. To retrieve the code, TOS members should log in to the Members Only page. An email with the code will also be sent to TOS members.

CRS Fall serves as a top clinical resource for providing practical, actionable cardiometabolic risk treatment and prevention strategies for the entire primary care team. Presenting dynamic, evidence-based CME covering the full spectrum of comorbid disease states associated with cardiometabolic syndrome — including obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and clinical nutrition — clinicians can earn up to 35 CME/CE/CPE credits with the all-new Maximum Credit Package. Find more details here. Don't forget to register before Friday, July 24, to receive the Early Bird Rates.

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Sign up for free Obesity journal alerts
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Sign up to receive a free email update as soon as new articles are published in Obesity online. To get started, follow these simple steps:
1. Go to the Obesity journal homepage, here.
2. Click "Login/Register" on the top right of the page. Login or register.
3. Click here and select Obesity.
4. Click "Get email alerts."
Each email will include a link to the abstract published in the journal. Don't forget articles that have an orange or purple lock are free or open access, respectively, and are great for sharing on social media. Feel free to tag @ObesitySociety in your post!

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TOS President Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar receives seven-figure grant for diabetes research
Contributed by Texas Tech University
TOS President, a Texas Tech University professor, may be just steps away from identifying a drug that may change the way diabetes is treated, and he has a hefty grant to help him get there.

Nikhil Dhurandhar
, PhD, FTOS, a professor and chairman of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech, received almost $3 million from Vital Health Interventions while at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. When he came to Texas Tech in November, he brought along both the project and the grant for continued research.

The research is based on human adenovirus 36, which causes obesity in humans and animals while at the same time reducing blood sugar, a phenomenon Dr. Dhurandhar first noticed years ago in rodent models.

"It's a little paradoxical because you have an agent that is making an animal fatter, so you would expect their glucose levels to deteriorate," he said.

He isolated a protein from adenovirus 36 responsible for reducing blood sugar and tested it on both diabetic cells and animals. Both experiments showed the protein improved diabetes, and other researchers doing similar experiments confirmed Dr. Dhurandhar's results. The next step is developing a drug that eventually will be tested on humans, which, if successful, could be a significant step forward in treating diabetes.

Read more here.

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FDA extends menu labeling compliance date
TOS
Last spring, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced proposed changes to food nutrition labels — the first major update since the labels originally appeared in 1993. According to the FDA, the goal of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label is "not to tell people what they should be eating, but to expand and highlight the information they most need when making food choices."

In comments submitted to FDA last May, TOS voiced its support for the proposed rule and noted that the FDA’s goal was appropriate given the amount of conjecture, even amongst experts, about what constitutes an optimal diet. TOS also noted that through the proposed nutrition label, the FDA is making progress toward this goal.

Last week, the FDA announced it will be extending the compliance date for the menu labeling rule to December 1, 2016. According to the FDA, they will continue to engage in discussions with the covered businesses and to answer questions about how the rule applies in particular situations to support compliance by this date. In addition, the FDA plans to issue a draft guidance document in August 2015 that provides answers to some of the more frequently asked and crosscutting questions that the agency has received to further assist covered establishments in complying with the rule. For more information, read the FDA's Menu and Vending Machines Labeling Requirements.

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eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
Contributed by the 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:
Special Issue: Using Information and Communication Technologies to Prevent and Manage Behavioral Risk Factors Associated with Chronic Disease. Am J Health Educ.

Fjeldsoe BS, Miller YD, Graves N, et al. Randomized Controlled Trial of an Improved Version of MobileMums, an Intervention for Increasing Physical Activity in Women with Young Children. Ann Behav Med. 2015 Aug;49(4):487-99.

Lee JL, Choudhry NK, Wu AW, et al. Patient Use of Email, Facebook, and Physician Websites to Communicate with Physicians: A National Online Survey of Retail Pharmacy Users. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print]
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


CDC: Only 1 in 10 Americans eats enough fruits and veggies
HealthDay News via MSN
Only about one in every 10 Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables, a new government report shows. Just 13 percent of U.S. residents consume one and a half to two cups of fruit every day as recommended by federal dietary guidelines, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The news on the vegetable front was even worse. Less than 9 percent of Americans eat two to three cups of vegetables every day as recommended, the report showed.
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Diabetes drug helps weight loss
HealthCentral
A diabetes drug taken through injections may help obese women lose weight and keep it off, concludes a new study at the Columbia University Medical Center. Researchers randomly assigned 3,731 male and female participants with a body mass index of at least 30 — or at least 27 if the participant also had high cholesterol or high blood pressure — to take either three milligrams of the drug liraglutide daily or receive a placebo shot. liraglutide, funded the research.
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Muscle strength fades after just 2 weeks of inactivity
HealthDay News
It takes just two weeks of physical inactivity for those who are physically fit to lose a significant amount of their muscle strength, new research indicates. In that relatively short period of time, young people lose about 30 percent of their muscle strength, leaving them as strong as someone decades older. Meanwhile, active older people who become sedentary for a couple weeks lose about 25 percent of their strength.
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Type 2 diabetes linked to cognitive decline in older adults
Healio
Type 2 diabetes can accelerate both a loss in cognitive function and impairment of cerebral vasoregulation in older adults, according to research in Neurology. In a prospective study of older adults with and without Type 2 diabetes, researchers found that global and regional cerebral vasoreactivity decreased by more than 50 percent during a 2-year period in the Type 2 diabetes arm, and that vasoreactivity and vasodilation were positively associated with performance on daily living activities and executive function tests.
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Feds move to expand grocery deliveries for low-income seniors
The Hill
Low-income people with disabilities and seniors who are homebound might be able to use nutrition benefits in the future for grocery shopping and delivery services run by the government and non-profit organizations. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is slated to announce the proposal at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, according to the Department of Agriculture. The rule would apply to certain people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
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Can we talk about obesity?
ConscienHealth
Maybe one of the reasons obesity has been such a tough nut to crack is that we simply cannot talk about obesity in any constructive way most of the time. A recent study in Primary Health Care Research and Development by Anita Laidlaw and colleagues finds what many other studies have found.
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Healthier diet for children with Type 1 diabetes costly, difficult for families
Healio
Families with young children with type 1 diabetes face obstacles when trying to follow a healthy diet, including limited access to healthful foods and increased food costs, according to research in Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. In a market-basket study examining the availability and cost of healthier foods in stores used for routine food shopping in Kansas and Missouri, researchers found that several stores do not carry certain healthy foods recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and that healthier options, such as whole grains and lower-fat proteins, often are out of reach due to higher cost.
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