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OCC meets with President Obama's Domestic Policy Council
TOS
Member groups of the Obesity Care Continuum joined with the Campaign to End Obesity and the Medicare Part D Coalition to meet with members of President Obama's Domestic Policy Council to discuss the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) — legislation that would provide Medicare recipients and their healthcare providers with meaningful tools to treat and reduce obesity by improving access to obesity screening and counseling services, and new prescription drugs for chronic weight management.

The purpose of the meeting was to inform White House staff about the tremendous bipartisan support of more than 120 members of the House and Senate for CMS to implement the key aspects of the TROA through administrative means. Obesity advocates highlighted how CMS has taken administrative actions in the past that serve as precedent for the agency to act on repealing the prohibition on Medicare Part D coverage of FDA-approved obesity drugs as well as expanding the list of eligible providers that could provide intensive behavioral therapy services. The hope is that President Obama will include language in his budget plan for fiscal year 2016 that will support this administrative change. Find out more in the OCC Health Policy Memo.
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Give the gift of TOS Membership!
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Just in time for the holidays TOS would like to give you the opportunity to fund a membership for our student and early career members. For as little as $30.00 you can contribute to the backbone of the Society. Don't waste another minute. To get started, simply find out more here. Once in the online donation portal, select the box to donate $30 for student and early career membership and fill in the details for the person you are gifting the membership to under the "Tribute" criteria, along with your personal message to the recipient. Then tell everyone how you are paying it forward on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Looking for other gift ideas? For a limited time, TOS is offering 10% off hardcopies of the Guidelines (2013) for Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Full Report. This full report provides all of the background that went into the abbreviated, summarized version initially released in November 2013. Offered exclusively by TOS, the hardcopy edition is a go-to resource for health practitioners around the world. Whether you're shopping for a physician, nurse, nutritionist or fitness trainer, every professional interacting with individuals trying to lose weight can find value in this insightful treatment guide. Find out more about ordering your copy here and enter ONETIMETENOFF to secure a 10% discount.

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TOS joins Endocrine Society to host Obesity Management 2015
TOS
TOS combines expertise with the Endocrine Society to present the first annual Obesity Management Workshop at ENDO 2015 on March 4, 2015. The program will highlight emerging treatment therapies and current strategies for the prevention, diagnosis and management of obesity. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in case discussions, hear from renowned obesity clinicians and researchers, and join meet-the-professor sessions.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend:
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015  |  San Diego Convention Center
    8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
    9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Paul J. Arciero
Contributed by TOS Early-Career Committee

Mr. Paul J. Arciero
It's time for another edition of the Q&A interviews with TOS Fellows! This is the perfect opportunity to get to know leaders in the obesity field a little better, and learn more about their personal lives outside of work. Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Paul J. Arciero, Professor and Director of the Human Nutrition and Metabolism Laboratory, Health and Exercise Sciences Department, at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY:

Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: I am the Professor and Director of the Human Nutrition and Metabolism Laboratory, Health and Exercise Sciences Department, at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: I am interested in the synergy of nutrition and exercise intervention lifestyles to prevent and treat obesity.

Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing tennis and writing.

Read the rest of the interview with Mr. Arciero here. These interviews will be featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews starting in January. Don't miss the next one on January 7!

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Call for proposals: Healthy Eating Research for childhood obesity prevention
TOS
Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities. Findings are expected to advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic and help all children achieve a healthy weight.

The Healthy Eating Research Special Solicitation call for proposals (CFP) is now open. This CFP focuses on childhood obesity prevention efforts in two settings:
  • Healthy Food Retail
  • Early Care and Education
Approximately $425,000 will be awarded under this CFP. Awards of up to 12 months and up to $75,000 each will be funded through this special solicitation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for projects that require between $25,000 and $75,000 to complete. Approximately two-thirds of the funds available will be allocated to studies focused on healthy food retail and one-third will be allocated to studies focused on early care and education.

There are two stages in the application process, including an initial concept paper and a subsequent full proposal (if invited). Applicants must follow the instructions and use the templates provided in the RWJF online system.

The deadline for receipt of concept papers is Jan. 7, 2015 (3 p.m. ET).

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Reminder: Submit your ideas to the ObesityWeek 2015 symposium & speaker suggestion site!
TOS
Although ObesityWeek 2014 is not far behind us, TOS is already hard at work planning for ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, Cailf., Nov. 2-7. As part of this effort, TOS asks its members, partners, sponsors and other stakeholders for ideas on what would make great symposia for next year's conference. The TOS Program Committee will then pull from the submitted ideas to compile a new and engaging agenda for ObesityWeek attendees to enjoy.

Don't forget — the symposia suggestion site closes on Friday, December 19! Find out more and submit your suggestions here.

TOS offers our sincere gratitude to all of our submitters, and would love to include all ideas in the conference program. However, we regret that given the high quality and quantity of submissions we are not able to use all of your great ideas.

Further, as you prepare your suggestions, please do not submit duplicates from prior meetings or suggestions from other conferences you've attended. TOS Program Committee works hard to ensure ObesityWeek offers something fresh and new for our attendees.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Life expectancy, healthy years likely to diminish with obesity-related diabetes, CVD
Healio
Obesity could reduce life expectancy by up to 8 years and healthy years of life by up to 19 years due to the effects of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. "Not only is excess body weight associated with a significant reduction in life expectancy but an even greater reduction in healthy life-years," Steven A. Grover, M.D., of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, told Endocrine Today. "Living without [CVD] or diabetes is something worth working toward."
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Obesity can cause 'silent' damage to heart
HealthDay News via MedicinNet
Heart damage can occur in obese people without causing symptoms, and take place without other heart risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, a new study says. The researchers said their findings about this silent heart damage challenge the common belief that the risk of heart disease in obese people is mainly due to diabetes and high blood pressure, which are common in obese people.
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Better outcomes if you pay attention to people
ConscienHealth
Maybe good clinical care for people with obesity really is simple. Lawrence Cheskin of Johns Hopkins laid it out there in the midst of a session on treatment of severe obesity: "The more you pay attention to people, the better they do." This epiphany comes from the American Society for Nutrition's annual conference on Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition.
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Exercise after weight loss surgery may boost health improvements
Reuters
People who add a little walking to their routines after weight loss surgery decrease their risk of diabetes and improve their heart health more than those who stay sedentary, according to a new study. "For a large percentage of the severely obese, they may exercise but don't necessarily gain improvement in metabolic factors, so this is clinically significant," said lead author Paul M. Coen of the division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day
Consumer Reports via My Web Times
Breakfast eaters tend to have better diets overall, consuming more fruit, vegetables, milk and whole grains than non-breakfast eaters, according to Consumer Reports. And because the time between dinner and the next morning's meal is the longest your body goes without food, breakfast has an effect on you that's different from any other meal.
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25th Anniversary America's Health Rankings finds increased obesity and physical inactivity after short-lived improvements in 2013
Yahoo Finance
Rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity threaten Americans' quality of life, even as Americans progressed in several key health metrics in 2014, according to the landmark 25th Anniversary Edition of America's Health Rankings®: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities. Obesity and physical inactivity increased in 2014 after showing encouraging results last year.
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Do this with your finger to cut cravings
Men's Health
The secret to weight loss might truly be at your fingertips: Tapping your forehead with your finger for 30 seconds could cut food cravings, suggests new research presented at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting. It's not the only distraction trick that works — obese people in the study also tapped their ears with their fingers, tapped their feet on the floor, and stared at a blank wall — but researchers found it was most effective at reducing the participants' hankerings.
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Could 'cap and trade' come to sweeteners?
Dairy Foods
To limit the amount of added sugar allowed in the food supply, two medical doctors propose using a cap-and-trade policy, similar to that used for environmental pollutants. Kristina Lewis with the Kaiser Center for Health Research and Sanjay Basu of Stanford University published a study that evaluates how cap and trade might impact caloric consumption and obesity rates, compared to other measures such as taxes on sugar or sugar-sweetened beverages.
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6 key takeaways from ObesityWeek 2014
The Advisory Board Company
This year's second annual ObesityWeek conference united bariatric surgeons, integrated health specialists and other providers involved in weight management, offering a glimpse of the evolving multidisciplinary collaboration among weight loss care providers.
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