OAC Webinar Series Archive

OAC-Logo-300x173Registration for this series is now closed. Download the past FREE webinars below and share with family members, friends and colleagues. We greatly appreciate your interest in the OAC and Obesity PPM’s Webinar Series on “Understanding the Complexity of Obesity.” We thank you for your continued support and active feedback as we shape new online educational offerings!




Event #1
: Introduction to the Complexity of Obesity. 2/7/12 ----> Watch NOW

Featuring Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) CEO Joseph Nadglowski and Obesity PPM CEO Heather Flannery, this engaging event launches the joint OAC and Obesity PPM educational series aimed at understanding the complexity of obesity, based on the Twelve Pillars® model

The recorded version of this free60-minute educational event is now available by clicking "Watch Now" to the right, and downloading the Windows Media Player file. 


 Event #2: Obesity & Addiction. 3/29/12 ----> Watch NOW

Did you know that new research suggests that consistently eating certain foods can lead to brain changes* similar to those seen in drug and other forms of addiction? These critical insights help explain why eating certain foods appears to trigger the behavioral characteristics of an addictive disorder. Join us to explore how regularly eating foods that combine sugar, fat and salt may cause these neurological (related to the brain) and psychological (related to thoughts and feelings) processes, and what to do about it.   

An expert panel will not only explain what the latest data tells us; they will also highlight what is still unknown and discuss the controversy that surrounds this hot-button issue. Co-facilitated by Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) President & CEO Joseph Nadglowski and Obesity PPM CEO Heather Flannery, this free event will help you understand the important mind-body connection between obesity and addiction. Our panel will include obesity experts who focus on psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience -- but have no fear -- this series is for everyone! Our goal is to make complex information understandable and relevant to all individuals affected by obesity.

New research suggests foods high in both fat and sugar activate the ventral tegmental area (shown in purple), a brain region involved in pleasure and affected by drugs of abuse. Illustration by Lydia Kibiuk. Adapted from Brain Facts, published by The Society for Neuroscience.

The recorded version of this free60-minute educational event is now available by clicking "Watch Now" to the right, and downloading the Windows Media Player file. 


Event #3: Obesity & Health Policy.  5/24/12 ----> Watch NOW

Are you familiar with the many ways that health policy impacts obesity, both individually, and at a population level?  Join two world-class health policy experts as they provide an introduction to the relationship between health policy and obesity: Joseph Nadglowski, Jr., President and CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition, and Morgan Downey, JD, Chief Health Policy Officer at Obesity PPM.  This free event will provide the fundamentals you need to better understand the controversies around healthcare reform, the role of public payers like Medicare and Medicaid, and how it all fits into the "bigger picture" of the Twelve Pillars® model for obesity.  

The recorded version of this free60-minute educational event is now available by clicking "Watch Now" to the right, and downloading the Windows Media Player file. 


Event #4: Obesity, Hormones & Metabolism.  7/19/12 ----> Watch NOW

This webinar focuses on the critical relationship between obesity, hormones, and metabolism. We start with the basics, defining our terms and explaining how hormones work together in our bodies. Then, we walk through the relationships to obesity of seven catagories of hormones: stress, sex, thyroid, growth, gastro-intestinal, fat tissue and neurotransmitters. For example, we discuss ghrelin and leptin, and what we know about the mechanisms of actions for certain weight loss surgeries. 

The second half of the event will focus on patient empowerment: what can YOU do to take control? Yes, it's true -- you CAN positively influence  hormone levels through your lifestyle choices. Find out how you can get in the drivers seat by strategically modifing your food choices, meal timing, sleep patterns, and the way you exercise in order to optimize your hormonal status and your health. This engaging event is the fourth in the OAC and Obesity PPM fourteen-part educational series aimed at understanding the complexity of obesity, based on the Twelve Pillars® model. 

Dr. Richard Atkinson is the guest speaker for this event: an obesity medicine specialist and obesity researcher with over 35 years of experience. He's the editor of the International Journal of Obesity (IJO), Regional Vice President of The Obesity Society (TOS), TOS Representative to the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), Member of the Board of Directors of IASO, Clinical Professor of Pathology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr. Atkinson co-presents with our CEO, Heather Flannery, who will be speaking from the perspective of a patient now maintaining a 170 pound weight loss.

The recorded version of this free60-minute educational event is now available by clicking "Watch Now," and downloading the Windows Media Player file. 


Event #5: Obesity: Community & Lifestyle Planning.  9/13/12 ----> Watch NOW

The connections between living an active lifestyle and the prevention of chronic diseases associated with obesity, particularly type II diabetes, are strong. However, many Americans live in communities that do not lend themselves to easily incorporating natural, daily-life activites like destination walking (vs. walking exclusively for exercise), biking, and recreating. Join us on September 13th as we discuss the unique attributes of urban, suburban, and rural living. We'll outline very specific, tactical approaches to supporting beneficial community change, as well as personally overcoming the challenges presented by our immediate environments. For example, we'll discuss legal tools like "joint-use agreements" that allow school grounds to be used after school hours, and lifestyle strategies like cutting down on commute times and creating bike paths.  

Our guest speaker for this event is 
Robert S. Ogilvie, Ph.D, Vice President for Strategic Engagement at ChangeLab Solutions LogoChangeLab Solutions. Over the past 15 years, he has worked extensively in community development and planning to help improve low- and middle-income neighborhoods. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he served as a faculty member in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, as a consultant to city and county governments, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood activists, and as director of volunteers at the Partnership for the Homeless in New York City. He is the author of Voluntarism, Community Life, and the American Ethic (Indiana University Press, 2004), an examination of why people volunteer and how local organizations create community. Robert holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University and is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and the University of South Carolina. 

The recorded version of this free60-minute educational event is now available by clicking "Watch Now," and downloading the Windows Media Player file.