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Welcome Reception is Tonight!
ASMBS & TOS
ObesityWeek kicks into full swing tonight at the Georgia Aquarium! The Welcome Reception brings together all TOS and ASMBS attendees for a great chance to network, meet new friends, and explore the largest Aquarium in North America. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while surrounded by penguins, dolphins, whales, and the creatures of the sea.

One complimentary ticket to this event is included in your scientific sessions registration. Additional tickets may be purchased at registration, or at the door. Your Badge is required for admission.

The Welcome Reception is the first of several events that bring TOS and ASMBS together during this historic conference. Don’t forget to join us tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. for our Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Bruce Spiegelman, PhD. And remember: during the conference, you are free to move between TOS and ASMBS scientific sessions and customize your schedule to fit your interests. ObesityWeek is just getting started.
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TOS, AHA, ACC Release New Clinical Practice Recommendations for Obesity Treatment
TOS
Guideline offers roadmap to treat adults affected by obesity, overweight
Today, The Obesity Society joins the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology with the release of jointly developed comprehensive treatment recommendations to help healthcare providers tailor weight-loss treatments to adult patients affected by overweight or obesity. Don’t miss TOS's Opening Session where TOS President Harvey Grill, PhD, and Obesity journal editor Donna Ryan, MD, the co-chair of the writing committee, will discuss the guideline (Thomas Murphy Ballroom, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.) The joint guideline commissioned by NHLBI will be published simultaneously at 4:00 p.m. EST in Obesity, Circulation, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. View the guidelines after 4:00 p.m. today here and use the following when citing the research:

Online Citation
Jensen MD, Ryan DH, Donato KA, Apovian CM, Ard JD, Comuzzie AG, Hu FB, Hubbard VS, Jakicic JM, Kushner RF, Loria CM, McMurry KY, Millen BE, Nonas CA, Pi-Sunyer FX, Stevens J, Stevens VJ, Wadden TA, Wolfe BM, Yanovski SZ. 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS guideline for the man- agement of overweight and obesity in adults: a report of the American College of Cardiol- ogy/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and The Obesity Soci- ety. Obesity 2013. Published online before print November 12, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/oby.20660

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L.E.A.D. Awards Luncheon Celebrates Leaders in Bariatric Surgery
ASMBS
The 1st Annual L.E.A.D. Awards Luncheon meets today at noon in the International Ballroom of the Omni Hotel for an inspirational celebration of accomplishments. The recipients of several different awards will be honored, with the proceeds from the event benefiting the ASMBS Foundation. This includes the prestigious ASMBS Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

The winner of the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award is Alan Wittgrove, MD, a former ASMBS president and accomplished bariatric surgeon. Dr. Wittgrove performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass, and has trained many others in laparoscopic technique. Dr. Wittgrove’s vision, insight and intellect makes him eminently qualified to receive this award.

You can find a full list of award recipients and additional info on the ASMBS Foundation website.

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TOS Honors Named Award Recipients at Opening Session
TOS
The Society is pleased to announce the esteemed recipients of its 2013 Named Awards. The program was created more than a decade ago to promote, reward, and encourage research in the field of obesity, with the end goal of helping to improve the lives of those affected. Each award recognizes the honoree for their scientific achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. Congratulations to the following recipients: Take a moment to learn more about the recipients here and join TOS to congratulate them for their contributions to the field this evening at the Opening Session (Thomas Murphy Ballroom, 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.)
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Share Your Thoughts at the ASMBS Town Hall Meeting
ASMBS
Do you have questions or concerns about things that are occurring within our field or the ASMBS that you want to ask the ASMBS leadership? The ASMBS Town Hall is designed to provide information centered on the challenges facing our field and our society. The Town Hall will be held on Wednesday from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. in Room A305. ASMBS leadership will answer attendee-submitted questions about the major issues facing ASMBS and its members.

Several questions were submitted in advance, which the ASMBS leadership will first read and respond to. If time allows, additional questions will be taken from the floor.

There will also be an Integrated Health Town Hall Meeting following the IH Presidential Address on Thursday, from 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Sydney Marcus Auditorium.

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Answers to Lingering Questions: New Data, Insights Released Today During Look AHEAD Session
TOS
This evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Look AHEAD Trial researchers will provide answers to lingering questions in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom. Speakers include:
  • Edward Gregg, PhD — Impact of Lifestyle Intervention on Long Term CVO Outcomes According to the Magnitude of Weight Loss and Fitness Changes
  • Henry Pownall, PhD, The Effects of Weight Loss on Changes in Body Composition
  • Xavier Pi-Sunyer, PhD, The Effects on Intensive Lifestyle Intervention on Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality
Admission to this session is included in the cost of scientific sessions registration.

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Adjustment of Gastric Bands for the Non-Physician
ASMBS
Are you interested in better caring for Gastric Band patients? You can be a part of “Adjustment of Gastric Bands for the Non-Physician,” a course directed by Rachel Dickerson, NP and Giovanni Dugay, NP from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. today. This course provides an overview of the comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the management of the Gastric Band patient through the ASMBS credentialing guidelines. The course features a hands-on band adjustments skills station set up for participants to practice adjustments on gastric band ports.

If you are a non-physician, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or Clinical Nurse Specialist, you can take advantage of this course. Inquire at registration for availability and signup information.

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Three Hot-Topic Obesity Forums: Pharma/Device, Advocacy & Food Industry
TOS
Don’t miss the three hot-topic obesity forums. Admission to these sessions is included in the cost of scientific sessions registration.
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P3 Pedometer Challenge: Your Steps Count!
ASMBS
The ASMBS Foundation invites you to join in on the fun and be a part of the P3 Pedometer challenge! Stop by the ASMBS Foundation Booth, across from the ASMBS Marketplace, to register. The cost is $15 and includes a pedometer. All participants will be entered into a drawing for an iPod Nano, and the top fundraiser will receive an iPad Mini.

Every dollar raised counts! You can make a difference in the fight against obesity. Monies raised will benefit the ASMBS Foundation's Operation M.O.R.E. and help reach their fundraising goal of a million dollars for obesity research and education. The contest ends Friday at 3:00 p.m., so sign up today and get walking!

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ObesityWeek℠ Features TOS Pre-Con Sessions: Mobile Health, Healthy Habits at Home & Mechanisms
TOS
  • How can digital strategies help with pediatric obesity treatments? Find out at today’s pre-conference session: Mobile Health Boot Camp for Pediatric Obesity (A406/407, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) This full-day workshop offers access to tools, techniques, measurements, and collaborations to further participants’ work in mobile health. Find out more about the session here and visit the Registration Desk to sign up.
  • As part of the Society’s efforts to improve healthy living, TOS is offering Atlanta parents an opportunity to help the whole family get healthy and stay healthy. At the session, Establishing Healthy Habits at Home (A401, 10:00 a.m. – noon), parents will learn steps to help families eat healthier and integrate more exercise into the family’s routine. Read more about the presenters in the USA Today feature story here.
  • Better understand the metabolic health benefits of weight loss at the pre-conference: Mechanisms in Weight Loss Therapies (A402/403, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) This half-day workshop will cover how weight loss therapies can impact metabolic disease, reduce and prevent diabetes and high blood pressure, improve adipocyte and adipose tissue function, and much more! Find out more about the session here and visit the Registration Desk to sign up.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Physical activity expert, Dr. Jim Hill, talks ObesityWeek
Unbottled: The Coca-Cola Company
This week marks the start of ObesityWeek in Atlanta, a joint meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Rhona Applebaum, Ph.D., Coca-Cola's chief science and Hhalth officer, connected with conference attendee and presenter Jim Hill, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Colorado.They shares their thoughts on how to stem the obesity epidemic.
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Coming soon: Breaking news from ObesityWeek
Healio
Beginning tomorrow, the Endocrine Today and Healio.com/Endocrinology team will present live coverage from ObesityWeek 2013, an annual meeting hosted by The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The conference will feature five days of scientific sessions, including oral abstracts, video and poster presentations, interdisciplinary research, education sessions, shared keynote speakers and more.
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