January - Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Colleagues,

As we enter the new year, it’s a time when we take a look back at our successes and defeats, and turn these observations into goals for the coming year – our New Year’s Resolutions. During 2013, we reached several landmarks that add renewed interest in and support for the Society’s efforts moving into 2014; many of these were outlined in the 2013 news roundup shared a few weeks ago. We celebrate these great accomplishments, but we also recognize that there is still much more to be done to improve access to obesity treatment resources for patients, reduce weight bias, and - not only better educate clinicians, policymakers and the public on the importance of treating obesity as a disease - but also give them to tools and resources to do so.


As Steve Smith, MD, TOS's incoming President, described in his letter to you in mid-December, we are hard at work to outline our objectives for 2014 and the next five years, as part of our strategic plan. Some of what you can look forward to includes enhanced efforts to improve medical education for obesity treatment; continued enhancements to support our early-career scientists; broader advocacy efforts on both the state and federal levels; enhanced work to modernize, grow and refine our daily work in support of our journal, annual meeting and membership services; and even more emphasis on the strength and efficiencies in collaborations.


In today’s newsletter you’ll see that we’re already taking steps toward these goals. With the launch of our free online CME for obesity treatment, we’re working to help more clinicians understand the value of obesity treatment, and guide them to support people affected by obesity or overweight. We’re working with our partner IASO to publish an open-access obesity journal that will include free online articles. We continue to expand our collaborative efforts in Washington and at the state level to influence policies in support of obesity research and treatment. And, we’re working to promote the important efforts of our partners and the great research of our members, many of whom are the drivers of key advancements in the field.


If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll find a way to get involved in our efforts in 2014. There are many ways to do this and here are just a few to get you started: join a TOS Section; follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and if you're not yet a member, find out more about member benefits and join the leading society dedicated to better understanding, preventing and treating obesity.


Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014!




Francesca Dea

Executive Director

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