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Welcome to ObesityWeek 2014
TOS & ASMBS
The Obesity Society (TOS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) are pleased to welcome you to Boston for ObesityWeek 2014! There's a lot to cover during the week, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to navigate the meeting:

Here are a few simple tools to help you keep up:
  • Install the Mobile App: Get your smartphone ready to make the most out of ObesityWeek. Search "ObesityWeek" in the App Store or Google Play to download the app. The app will provide the latest up-to-date information on any changes to the ObesityWeek schedule, making it a great tool for planning your schedule for the week.
  • Connect to Wi-Fi: The BCEC provides state-of-the-art technology for all guests, starting with free WiFi throughout the facility. Here's how to connect: 1) Go to "settings" on your mobile device; 2) Select the Wi-Fi option; 3) Select "BCEC Wireless Network."
  • ObesityWeek Electronic Newsletter: This newsletter, OW Daily, is intended to help guide you to specific sessions and events, and (in case you missed them) provide you with follow-up summaries and highlights on conference news and activities. Keep an eye out for OW Daily in your email inbox each morning.
Need help? Stop by the ASMBS or TOS Member Services booth.
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Get Social! Stay connected with @ObesitySociety and @ASMBS at #OW2014
TOS & ASMBS
Help us share the excitement of ObesityWeek 2014 with fellow attendees and social media followers around the globe! The Obesity Society (TOS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) will be live-tweeting and updating social media channels throughout the week: @ObesityWeek, @ObesitySociety, @ASMBS.

Once again this year, we're excited to have Live Tweet Boards (located at TOS and ASMBS Member Service Desks) to share the excitement. Stop by to see everything attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and media have to say about #OW2014. This is your chance to see your Twitter handle in lights and connect with fellow attendees. To have YOUR tweets appear on the #OW2014 Live Tweet Boards make sure to include the official ObesityWeek 2014 hashtag, #OW2014, in your tweet.

We hope you'll join us in spreading the word about the research, treatment and prevention of obesity presented at #OW2014!

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Pedometer Challenge: You could be a winner at ObesityWeek 2014
ASMBS & TOS
You walk all day during a conference, but just how far do you go? As you walk back and forth from the hotel, convention center, sessions, exhibit hall and everywhere in between, you will be amazed how quickly your steps add up to miles without even trying. Reward yourself and join the ObesityWeek Pedometer Challenge for a chance to win great prizes — just for walking! Participation is free to all registered attendees. Here's how to join:
  • Stop by one of the pedometers challenge desks at Registration or TOS/ASMBS Member Services Booth to pick up your pedometer. The Challenge will begin at noon on Monday, Nov. 3.
  • Turn in your steps by 12:30pm each day at one of the pedometer challenge desks. Remember to reset your pedometer back to 0 after you have turned in your steps.
  • The person with the most steps each day will be notified by text and phone call that day. To collect their prize they will need to go to the Withing's Booth #116.
  • Challenge participants with the top 10 cumulative steps by Thursday will vie for the grand prize drawing for a weekend stay at Canyon Ranch.
Join the Challenge and make every step count! Details are available here.

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Buy your tickets for the ASMBS Foundation's L.E.A.D. Awards Luncheon
ASMBS
The ASMBS Foundation will be holding their annual LEAD Awards in conjunction with ObesityWeek 2014. Both the ASMBS and the ASMBS Foundation will present awards to leaders in the field of bariatric surgery who have shown superior guidance, training, and dedication.

We invite you to join us on Monday, Nov. 3 at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel from 12:00 – 1:30pm in the Commonwealth Ballroom to honor various ASMBS and ASMBS foundation awards.

Your attendance to the LEAD Awards will help support the efforts of the ASMBS Foundation. Tickets may be purchased for $150.00 on the ASMBS Foundation's website or with your ObesityWeek registration. Group tickets are also available at a discounted rate.

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Make the most of your week with the ObesityWeek 2014 mobile app
TOS & ASMBS
The app is available in the iOS App Store and on Google Play, and includes a full session schedule, interactive maps, speaker information, and more. You can also use the app to submit questions during some sessions and receive updates throughout the meeting. The app will provide the latest, up-to-date information on any changes to the ObesityWeek schedule, making it a great tool for planning.

Have any trouble using the app? Need help putting in your schedule? Stop by the ASMBS resource center for any questions or technical support. Our knowledgeable IT Team is happy to help answer any of your questions!

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TOS ObesityWeek sessions available for purchase
TOS
Miss a session you wanted to attend? TOS is making key content from ObesityWeek 2014 available in an online program with ObesityWeek On Demand. Watch sessions anytime, anywhere with convenient online access and a USB drive when online viewing is not available.

ObesityWeek On Demand uses superior technology to deliver a highly efficient program for the busiest of healthcare professionals. With features like Advanced Search, Bookmarks and Recently Viewed, you can spend less time searching for content and more time learning. In addition, earn CME credits!

Special attendee only discounts are available here or visit our sales booth at the BCEC in the East Lobby, Level 2. Attendees save $600! Members can save an additional $100 with Promo Code Boston14. Or order by phone at 800-501-2303. Discounts expire November 7, 2014 so order today!

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Get the Fall CBN Newsletter and network with other CBNs
ASMBS
Are you a Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN), or are interested in becoming one? The ASMBS Resource Center will have a dedicated CBN Networking Area where you can get to know other CBNs and learn about getting certified or re-certified. Come the ASMBS Resource Center for information about CBN and everything else ASMBS-related.

Also don’t miss our Fall CBN Newsletter, which features special articles by ASMBS Integrated Health members and CBNs from across the country. The fall issue features articles taking you behind the scenes of the CBN Committee, guidelines and best practices, and a closer look at CBN recertification.

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Interested in a subspecialty in obesity medicine?
TOS
An obesity medicine physician is trained and certified to employ therapeutic interventions, including diet, physical activity, behavioral change and pharmacotherapy. The deadline just passed to sign up to take this year's exam, but there's good news: the next exam takes place Dec. 5 - 12, 2015, and there is plenty of time to study!

TOS Review Course for the American Board of Obesity Medicine Exam held during ObesityWeek 2014 can help. Just ask one of the more than 140 physicians attending TOS’s Review Course for the ABOM Exam today and tomorrow. These physicians are diligently preparing for this year's exam and we wish them the best! This year's course is taught by some of the industry's top educators, and includs a new workbook — an important tool both in class for taking notes, and later as you study for the upcoming exam.

Questions about the ABOM exam? An ABOM representative will be stationed at TOS Member Services Booth periodically throughout the meeting. Stop by to find out more!

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Explore a sub-specialty at TOS Section events at ObesityWeek
TOS
Each Section of TOS holds various meetings and networking events at ObesityWeek. Check out the Section event schedule below so you don't miss out — they are open to all! What are TOS Sections? TOS supports these groups of members with similar interests, expertise or educational backgrounds. Sections develop their own leadership and represent the interests of the group to help support the Society's goals. Find information about TOS Sections here.
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


ObesityWeek: A matter of taste
MedPage Today
It's not the gut, but the tongue that will be the focus of some of the top research at this year's ObesityWeek conference. A hot area of obesity research is in the connection between taste and obesity, according to Alison Field, ScD, of Boston Children's Hospital and a spokesperson for The Obesity Society. The meeting is presented jointly with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
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Eisai announces top-line results of investigational study on coadministration of lorcaserin and phentermine
Digital Journal
Eisai Co., Ltd. announced that an investigational study of its antiobesity drug lorcaserin hydrochloride when coadministered with phentermine hydrochloride jointly conducted by its U.S. subsidiary Eisai Inc. and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. met its primary safety objective. The results of the study demonstrate that the short-term combination of lorcaserin plus phentermine does not appear to be associated with an exacerbation in the proportion of pre-specified adverse events compared to therapy with lorcaserin alone.
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5 things to look for at ObesityWeek 2014
ConscienHealth
With less than a week before the start of ObesityWeek 2014 on Nov. 2 in Boston, it's time to start thinking about how to get the most out of this amazing week.
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Coming soon: ObesityWeek 2014 and The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting
HealthCentral
What do you get when you gather the leading players in obesity research and science, the top experts in metabolic and bariatric surgery, world-renowned speakers, clinicians, educators, advocates, policymakers and practitioners? Starting Nov. 2-7, Boston will host The Obesity Society and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery at ObesityWeek 2014.
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New treatments needed for obesity
BIOtechNOW
Obesity is one of the most pervasive, chronic diseases in need of new strategies for medical treatment and prevention. As a leading cause of mortality, morbidity, disability, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs, the high prevalence of obesity continues to strain the United States healthcare system. This November, the science behind obesity treatment and prevention solutions will be discussed at ObesityWeek 2014, a weeklong event for obesity professionals seeking to find solutions to the epidemic.
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2 associations, 1 issue: Joining forces to fight obesity
Convene Magazine
How do you solve a problem like obesity? Two medical associations with their own well-established conferences realized that the best approach was to join forces.
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