June 2010

The Obesity Society Newsletter
June 2010
Early-Bird Registration/Advance Program
Late-Breaking Abstracts
2010 Call for Nominations
TOS Leaders Hit Capitol Hill
Nutrisystem Supports Obesity Research
CORE Event
White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity
ILSI Future Leaders Program
HHS Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative
WMDPG Call for Educational Sessions
MemberClicks Update
TOS Members and Obesity in the News
This Month in OBESITY
END NOTE ... From the EVP


Obesity 2010


June 7-25, 2010::
Summer Training in Statistics and Advanced Data Analysis - The University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
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June 9-12, 2010::
Canadian Obesity Network's 2nd Canadian Obesity Student Meeting
University of Ottawa, Ontario
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June 9-12, 2010::
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Minneapolis, MN
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June 17-19, 2010::
Harvard's 24th Annual International Conference on Practical Approaches to the Treatment of Obesity
Cambridge, MA
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June 19-22, 2010::
The Endocrine Society's Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
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June 21-26, 2010::
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, 27th Annual Meeting
Las Vegas, NV
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June 25-29, 2010::
American Diabetes Association 70th Scientific Sessions
Orlando, FL
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July 11-15, 2010::
11th International Congress on Obesity (ICO 2010)
Stockholm, Sweden
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July 12-16, 2010::
32nd Annual Aspen Conference on Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease
Aspen, CO
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July 18-21, 2010::
Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, 2010 Annual Meeting
Toronto, ON Canada
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July 20-21, 2010::
CBI's 6th Annual Obesity and Diabetes Drug Development Summit
Arlington, VA
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Donna Ryan, MDDear TOS Members and Supporters,
As you may be aware, The Obesity Society has a Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) made up of pharmaceutical and weight-management companies who choose to support TOS' mission and in turn the industry.  In 2009, the CAC grew in size from eight supporting companies to sixteen, and is projected to include twenty companies by the end of FY 2011.  Increasing TOS support from companies and building our relationships is a powerful tool for TOS in implementing the Strategic Plan.
Currently, this growing relationship between TOS and industry allows us to offer four new $25,000 research grants this year; increase our voice among policymakers as we support common messages; reach the media in a more effective manner; and, increase the success of our annual meeting through sponsorships and other support.  Furthermore, CAC members and TOS officers had an excellent meeting in May to explore new ways to achieve our mission: "Through research, education and advocacy, to better understand, prevent and treat obesity and improve the lives of those affected."
During the meeting, company and TOS representatives held a brainstorming session facilitated by Powell Tate, a strategic communications and public affairs consulting firm.  The discussion helped begin identifying ideas that TOS and the CAC could pursue to enhance our communications, leading to increased funding for research.  The CAC is committed to subsequent meetings to explore these ideas and develop a plan going forward.  The next in-person meeting will be held in October during Obesity 2010 in San Diego.  We are really excited about these ideas and the strengthening of relationships with our supporting companies.  

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Donna H. Ryan, MD
President, The Obesity Society
Register Now to Receive the Early-Bird Rate! 
Click here to register for Obesity 2010, the largest and most-comprehensive program in the field of obesity. Plan your time in San Diego at this year's annual meeting with the Advance Program.
Early-Bird Rate Ends June 30, 2010.
 Late-Breaking Abstracts and Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Abstracts Are Being Accepted for Submission to Obesity 2010
Late-Breaking Abstracts present new and high-impact research for which results were not available at the standard abstract deadline. Late-breaking abstracts addressing basic, clinical or population research can be submitted by August 2, 2010 and will be reviewed by each track. Submissions will be accepted starting mid June.
For more information see page 5 of the Advance Program.
The 2010 Call for Nominations for Council and the Nominating Committee Will Officially Open June 7, 2010
Members of The Obesity Society will have the opportunity to submit a nomination for themselves or a colleague for one of the four open positions on Council or two open positions on the Nominating Committee.  Please watch for the announcement for further details.  Contact Sadie Campbell This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions regarding these nominations.
TOS Leaders Hit Capitol Hill
Rolling Advocacy Days Initiative Gets Moving
On Friday, May 7, Dr. Robert Kushner, Dr. Caroline Apovian and Ted Kyle participated in the first of what will be many "rolling advocacy days" on Capitol Hill for members of TOS's leadership and Advocacy Task Force. During the day, the group met with Congressional staff. This new advocacy effort will work to establish TOS as the primary resource for Congress on research issues related to prevention and treatment of obesity.

The group educated Hill staff about TOS's strong support of HR 5209, Representative Ron Kind's Healthy CHOICES Act.
Read more on our Advocacy page.
  Nutrisystem Supporting Obesity Research Through Grants Program
Membership of CAC and Non-Monetary Grant Program Support TOS and TOS Members' Research 
Nutrisystem, Inc., as a member of The Obesity Society's Corporate Advisory Council (CAC), supports TOS' mission to encourage research on the causes and treatment of obesity through the recently announced TOS-administered grants program and through its membership of the CAC. Nutrisystem would also like TOS members to be aware that the company offers a limited number of non-monetary grants of Nutrisystem meals in support of clinical trials with alternative sources of funding.
Applications may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed within 60 days.  Applicants are asked to submit a brief (1-2 page) proposal outline for initial consideration. Each proposal received will be reviewed on the basis of scientific quality and alignment with Nutrisystem's commercial interests.  Indirect costs are not covered.  All supported trials are required to register with the National Clinical Trial Registry.  Data obtained from these studies may be used to support claims for NutriSystem programs.
Proposals should be submitted electronically to: 
Bruce Daggy, Ph.D.
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Phone: 215-346-8029
Program on Obesity Treatment and Prevention for Primary Care Clinicians

The Centers for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), an educational arm of the Obesity Society, hosted 'Obesity Treatment and Prevention' on May 6-8th 2010 in Washington DC.  
Participants heard presentations from TOS members including Drs. Caroline Apovian, John Foryet, Gary Foster, James Hill, Robert Kushner, Philip Schauer and Holly Wyatt on a range of topics from effective counseling strategies and school-based prevention programming to new approaches in bariatric surgery. 
The conference included both didactic sessions as well as small groups where participants were able to interact directly with the world-class faculty and learn practical strategies that they could take back to their own practices. 
CORE will present a 1-day CME program this Fall on Friday, October 8th as part of the pre-conference lead-in to Obesity 2010. The CORE program will be held at the Hilton Hotel, adjacent to the Convention Center in San Diego California.  A preliminary program for this meeting will be available on the TOS website over the coming weeks.

White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity
Report and Recommendations

In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let's Move! campaign to solve the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. As part of this effort, President Barack Obama established the Task Force on Childhood Obesity to develop and implement an interagency plan that details a coordinated strategy, identifies key benchmarks, and outlines an action plan to end the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. In total, the report presents a series of 70 specific recommendations, many of which can be implemented right away.
Read and download the Task Force Report and the Summary of Recommendations.

ILSI North America Future Leader Program
Call for Nominations

The North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI N.A.) is a public, nonprofit scientific foundation, advancing the understanding and application of scientific issues related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply.  ILSI N.A. strives to foster the career and development of outstanding new scientists, and is soliciting nominations of individuals to be considered to receive its 2011 Future Leader Awards.
For further information contact:

Courtney Kelly
HHS Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative
US Department of Health and Human Services Awarded Grants to Prevent Chronic Disease and Promote Wellness to 44 Communities Around the Country on March 19, 2010
Communities Putting Prevention to Work will expand the use of evidence-based strategies and programs, mobilize local resources at the community level, and strengthen the capacity of states.
The initiatives have a strong emphasis on policy and environmental change at both the state and local levels and will:
  • Increase levels of physical activity;
  • Improve nutrition;
  • Decrease obesity rates; and
  • Decrease smoking prevalence, teen-smoking initiation, and exposure to second-hand smoke.
Learn more about the four distinct but unified initiatives and click here to read about large cities with obesity projects.
Weight Management: A Lifelong Experience
March 18-20, 2011
The Weight Management Dietary Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) is currently soliciting speakers for their meeting in March of 2011 titled Weight Management: A Lifelong Experience. The symposium will address specific nutrition needs, as well as targeting obesity prevention programs throughout the lifespan, as an integral component of the national conversation around weight management.
Proposals must be completed and emailed by Friday, August 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST.
To learn more about the symposium theme, objectives, audience and review process, please refer to the Speaker RFP form.

Did You Know?
MemberClicks Fact #1: Improved Search
Previously, in the former member database, TOS members could search the membership directory only by name, location, etc. But did you know that since the implementation of the new MemberClicks database, in addition to the basic member name search, you can now also search by sections, fields of interest and professional setting! Check out the new system by signing into the Member Center.
Questions? Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  Here is a round-up of press articles that refer to The Obesity Society and its members or to topics relating to obesity in general. Please note that all external links are provided as a courtesy and are do not constitute an endorsement by The Obesity Society.
 TOS and TOS Members in the News 
Employees Shed Weight for a Price
CNBC - One Nation Overweight 
Obesity Journal in the News 
When Parent's Good Intentions Disparage Obese Children  
Obesity in the News


Featured Articles in Obesity This Month Include:
Francesca Dea END NOTE ... FROM THE EVP
Strong relationships can be invaluable to the success of an organization.  For The Obesity Society, we believe that in building upon old relationships and by building new ones , we have two critical tools for  improving our organization.  The power that relationships can bring includes: many valuable qualities, not least of which are the ability to communicate with a larger audience, a  greater impact and reach, increased economies of scale, and valuable endorsement that can  all lead to improved membership value and support for the professions we represent.
TOS has several new and in-progress initiatives through partnering with other organizations.  Among these are:

  • Certified Obesity Medical Physician certification (COMP) - The Obesity Society, as the recognized leader in research and education on the causes and treatment of obesity, is spearheading partnerships with 13 professional societies to jointly develop and offer a credential that recognizes MDs for their achieved expertise in obesity.  These 14 groups share governance, development and administrative responsibilities.
  • Obesity Week - TOS and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) have partnered to bring their two annual meetings together at Obesity Week 2013.  The Steering Committee is working together to coordinate the two conferences to bring the greatest value to attendees and yet maintain the integrity and culture of each organization's individual meeting.
  • Co-Authored Publication - TOS is in the early stages of authoring a book with a well-recognized professional society in the obesity field.  The book will cover a niche topic that is not currently addressed for professionals, and may also lead to a companion book for consumers.
  • Cross-Promotional Support - There are several professional societies that have complementary missions to TOS.  We are working with them to build upon these complementary areas and take advantage of opportunities they present to reach new audiences with information about TOS, our knowledge base and resources.  In addition, we are working with these organizations to determine whether there are new opportunities to consider that will be mutually beneficial to our members.
This list is not exhaustive, but provides a brief glimpse of the strength TOS is building in its relationships with other professional societies.  We hope to continue to build on our friendships and find new ones to cultivate and develop.
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Francesca Dea, CAE
Executive Vice President, The Obesity Society
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