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Beth Sheldon-Badore Honored with the Obesity Action Coalition’s “OAC Advocate of the Year” Award

Beth Sheldon-Badore Honored with the Obesity Action Coalition’s “OAC Advocate of the Year” Award.

Thank you, OAC.

Beth Sheldon-Badore Honored with the Obesity Action Coalition’s

“OAC Advocate of the Year” Award

 

Massachusetts resident Beth Sheldon-Badore was honored with the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) “OAC Advocate of the Year” award during the OAC’s Your Weight Matters Inaugural Convention in Dallas.

 

As a longtime OAC member, Beth has been instrumental in leading the obesity advocacy fight on both National and state advocacy issues.

 

“Beth has been a key asset to the OAC this year in her advocacy efforts. Advocating for the OAC is a tireless effort and Beth exemplified the true meaning of ‘advocate’ in every sense of the word,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

 

About the OAC

The OAC is a National nonprofit charity dedicated to helping individuals affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools. For more information on the OAC, please visit www.obesityaction.org.

 

About the Your Weight Matters Convention

The Your Weight Matters Convention is a national convention focused on providing individuals with quality, evidenced-based education on weight and its impact on health. For more information on the Convention, please visit, www.YWMConvention.com.


Mini Squee - #YWMconvention #OAC

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On October 27th, 2012, during the Obesity Action Coalition "Your Weight Matters" Event at the Hilton Anatole
, there will be another first: the first annual OAC Awards!

Your friendly blogger was nominated in one of these categories, and I am thankful to you for that.  Thank you.  And, really, thank you.

I will be present at the events, dinner, ceremony, and of course the Walk From Obesity with at least $6000.00 in donations from Team MM + BBGC.  

Have I mentioned that there is still time to donate to Team MM + BBGC and I do not see your donation in yet?  

Go ahead, I will wait for you!

Thank you - and see you there? 

There is still time to register for the OAC event!  

Do. not. miss. it.

 Join the OAC event on Facebook!

 

 

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About the OAC Awards -

The following awards will be presented during the OAC Inaugural Your Weight Matters National Convention:

OAC Advocate of the Year - This award is given to the OAC Member who has lead the charge in taking on National, local and state advocacy issues. This individual should be a tireless advocate to advance the cause of fighting obesity and the individual affected by obesity.

Community Leader of the Year - This award is given to an individual who continually works in their community to advance the cause of fighting obesity. The recipient should be an individual who actively engages their community or with their constituency in spreading awareness of obesity and encourages others to get involved in activities that further the mission of the OAC.

Outstanding Membership Recruitment by an OAC Member - This award is designated for the individual OAC member who is an active membership recruiter in the OAC. The individual is a regular membership promoter and continually encourages membership in the OAC.

Outstanding Membership Recruitment by a Physician - This award is given to the Sponsored Membership Program participant (physician) that has recruited the most new members in the OAC in the 12 months prior to the Convention month. The recipient of the award has encouraged membership in the OAC by purchasing it on behalf of the patient.

Bias Buster of the Year - The OAC’s Bias Buster of the Year is awarded to the individual who has lead the charge to put the OAC on path to effect change in mindsets, policies and public perception of weight bias. This individual is both proactive and reactive in responding to weight bias issues and is an example to others on how to get involved as a Bias Buster.

OAC Member of the Year - This is the OAC’s highest honor and is awarded to an OAC member who goes above and beyond to help the OAC in its efforts to achieve its mission and goals. This individual is an exemplary OAC member and continually represents the OAC in impacting the obesity epidemic.

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The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is set to host a ground-breaking educational convention on weight and health, the Inaugural “Your Weight Matters” National Convention. Join them in Dallas, October 25-28 for this ground-breaking Convention that will answer all your questions about weight and health! For more information, please visit www.YWMConvention.com.

 


Time is running out! #OACYWMconvention #WLS

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Registration for the Your Weight Matters National Convention closes this Friday, October 12 - so this is your last week to get registered for what is shaping-up to be a historical and ground-breaking event that you won't want to miss!

  • One-day registration, which only includes the educational sessions, is available for just $35/day (price goes up to $50/day on-site).
  • Full Convention Registration for OAC members is $125 and includes all educational sessions, tickets to all social events, as well as the official Convention T-shirt, souvenir tote bag and Convention Program Book.
  • Nurses and Health Professionals can earn CE credits by attending the educational sessions of our Convention starting at just $60/day.

We are excited to host the crowd of the more than 200 attendees already fully registered to attend - will you be there? Time is running out, so if you have been thinking about attending the OAC's Inaugural Convention, now is the time to register!

         

 

 

 

 

  • Convention Dates: October 25 - 28, 2012
  • Location: Hilton Anatole - Dallas, TX
  • For all the details on the OAC's Inaugural Convention, please visit www.YWMConvention.com.

#OHATLANTA2012 Wrap-up! #WLS

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Some of the bestest BBGC girls and a very Slim Sister-boy.

Thanks once again to Obesity Help for putting on a terrific conference in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend!

 

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John from Building Blocks Vitamins

 Even with a few miniature traumas  (Toni Lee + a curb = broken toes, although that's the story we are making up...) all-in-all it was another great event and lots of lifelong memories were made.

 

 

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Bariatric Advantage

 

 “We don't heal in isolation, but in community.” ― S. Kelley Harrell

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http://snd.sc/WJlgHF

I had a fantastic time speaking on the grads and pros panel, although I was a bit more than terrified and I might have cried.  (You'll have to ask the BBGC.)

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Pretending I knew what was going on on the grads and pros panel.

And of COURSE I adored helping out my pals at Building Blocks Vitamins and CLICK Espresso Protein.  Did you get you some?  Buzz, buzz, buzz!

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Getting the CLICK on the OH Event!  Watch for a GIVEAWAY tomorrow!
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The BBGC <3's CLICK.

 Thank you all for making the trip to Atlanta to see us -- and thank YOU for being there.  A good time was had by all and absolutely worth it.

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Yes, I am that small. Sorry.

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Sam, the man! Throwing some glitter, making it rain!

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Absolutely innocent.
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Photobeth.


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At the fashion-show + masquerade party. I heart my BBGC.

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5150 - BBGC Style. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeylHwHWemE

Thanks again to Obesity Help, to the good people of Atlanta, to the ATL POPO (no, really...) the Waffle House and various caffeine reloading location, also Target Pharmacy! 

See y'all in Dallas, Texas in two weeks!  BBGC Road-trip 2012!

 


#OHATLANTA I'm on my way! #WLS Obesity Help Event!

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By the time you read this I should by the transportation security admininstration and getting a little lovin' and scanning and running through Logan Airport on my way to Atlanta by way of Washington for the one-and-only Obesity Help Event of THE YEAR.  

I love traveling.  O-o  

PS. No, no, I don't.  I love airports, I loathe planes.  I have to sing soft kitty and force naps to get in the air.  It's bad.  But, I've done it All By Myself for five years now, I think I have beat the monster!

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SEE YOU THERE!  I know I'll see YOU, and YOU, and YOU, and YOU!  And I am SO HAPPY!  And even some last minute joiners!  

 

SCHEDULE

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Clothing Exchange Drop Off
Savannah Room

9am - 11am
Clothing Exchange 
Open to Public, Savannah Room
Noon
Friday Registration
Chattahoochee foyer
1:00pm

Professional Workshop, Chattahoochee A

Understanding the Obese Patient 
 

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Mixed Q & A Panel, 
Grads & Professionals, Chattahoochee BC

2:00pm - 4:30pm

Dr. Paul E. Macik 

Performing operations laparoscopically since 1991. His practice offers Gastric Bypass, LapBand and Sleeve Gastrectomy options. Also an Instructor for Quarterly In-Service Program of Bariatric Surgery atEmory Dunwoody Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

Jim Blackburn

Jim lost 215 pounds and found a love for running. With 58,038 Race finishers at an avg time of 01:17:35, Jim finished the 2012 Peachtree Road Race (10k) in 1:07:57, a goal he's worked towards since having Gastric Bypass.

Dr. Michael Williams

Dr. Williams principal clinical and research interest include minimally invasive techniques, and the surgical therapy of morbid obesity. He has been involved in training surgeons in laparocopic techniques in the United States and the Caribbean.

Beth Sheldon-Badore

Blogger, & Founder of Bariatric Bad Girls. "Melting Mama" as she's known through her blog has been blogging about life since her WLS in 2004. Her witty, honest approach to life after WLS has inspired and supported thousands.

Dr. Sheldon Lincenberg

Double-board certified, plasticand reconstructive surgeon and a board-certified general surgeon. In 1995, he created and began sponsoring Pink Ribbons, an annual October event during Breast Cancer Month to benefit breast cancer organizations.

Colleen Valentine, LE, MA

Celebrity licenced medical aesthetician and make-up artist. Beyond her celebrity clientele, Colleen also works with Plastic Surgeons and Dermatoligists' patients that have skin challenges due to weight loss, scarring, burns and victims of domestic violence. 

Courtney aka tripmom02

An active OH member for 5 years and a frequent poster on the VSG forum! She's bringing her post-op experience as a Lap Band to VSG Revision. Courtney has lost 170 lbs and is training for her 1st half marathon in October. Her goal is to complete an Iron Man in 2014!

Break for Dinner
with your friends!
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Meet and Greet
Sponsored by NewWhey
Welcome Coffee


7:00pm - 10:00pm

TOPIC: Nothing Succeeds Like Success 
Colleen M. Cook
Motivational Speaker 

7:30pm - 8:30pm

TOPIC: Post-Op & a Doc LIVE!
Post Op and a Doc!

A POST-OP (Cari De La Cruz. Bariatric After Life) 
A DOC (Dr. Connie Stapleton, Author, Speaker)

8:45pm - 9:45pm
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Registration & Exhibits, Grand Salon Prefunction Area
7:30am - 8:15am

Meet the Speakers & Vendors,Grand Salon Main Session
Bo McCoy

8:15am - 8:30am

TOPIC: WLS and ALCOHOL:Facts and Folly
Connie Stapleton, Ph.D,
Clinical Psychologist

8:30am - 9:30am

TOPIC: Exercise, Myths and Realities
Jeremy Gentles, Ph.D Candidate 
Exercise Physiologist

9:40am - 10:25am

Professional Q & A Panel

10:30am - 11:55am

Scott Steinberg, MD

Fellow-ship trained advanced laparoscopic surgeon. A member of the American College of Surgeons and the ASMBS.

Qammar Rashid, MD

Fellow-ship trained in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery. A large part of her practice is breast and bariatric surgery.

Dr. Dennis C. Smith

The 3rd surgeon in the world to perform the totally laparoscopic DS and the 1st bariatric surgeon in the world to present the Hand-Sewn Duedenal-Ileal Anastomosis technique.

Connie Stapleton, Ph.D

Dr. Stapleton is a licensed clinical psychologist, received her doctorol degree from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology.

Donna DeMild, LPBLC

Post-Op and CEO of BodySmart, LLC. Donna works at NJ Bariatrics and is a licensed bariatric life coach. Her focus is lifestyle change after wls.


Safa Nooromid, RD, LD

A Registered Licensed Dietitian in the state of Georgia for the past 9 years. Guest speaker for Georgia State University Food and Culture Diversity Group, Life college, and for many companies for their health fair and wellness programs. Also a preceptor for Georgia State University, Huston University, UGA, Life College and Emory University.

Jeremy Gentles 

A Ph.D Candidate in Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and for a number of years, served as ObesityHelp's Exercise Physiologist.

Lunch Buffet & Prizes
Premier Nutrition is sponsoring Lunch!

12:00pm - 12:50pm

Exhibit Visits
Get your Swag Bags & talk to vendors!

12:50pm - 1:15pm

Breakout Session #1 Options:

1:15pm - 1:55pm

Session #1, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: DS Nutrition
Dr. Dennis C. Smith
Bariatric Surgeon

Session #1, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Surgery
Dr. Alejandro Quiroz
Plastic Surgeon

Breakout Session #2 Options:

2:05pm - 2:45pm

Session #2, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: Hope & Help for the Pain of Regain
Colleen M. Cook
Motivational Speaker

Session #2, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Every Thing You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to AskDr. Michael W. Blaney
Bariatric Surgeon

Breakout Session #3 Options:

2:50pm - 3:30pm

Session #3, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: Optimizing the Benefits of Bariatric Surgery for Long Term Success
Dr. JacomeBariatric Surgeon

Session #3, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Taming Your Inner Critic: The Connection Between What You Feed Your Head & What You Feed Your Body
Jill Temkin, MAMotivational Speaker

Breakout Session #4 Options:

3:40pm - 4:20pm

Session #4, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: No Shame in Revisions 
Charlie Brown

Motivational Speaker

Session #4, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Spending Your Money Safely and Wisely For Body Contouring After Weight Loss 
Dr. Lincenberg, Plastic Surgeon

Exhibit Visits OR Optional ZUMBA Class
Great vendors that support the wls community

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Dinner Break 
with Your Friends!

6:00pm - 8:00pm 
 

The Grand Finale:

Member Fashion Show with designer clothing options sponsored by Gwynnie Bee, Clothing without Commitment.

Slimpressions

Masquerade Party with a DJ & Free Unlimited Photo Booth Photos from3:00pm until 10:00pm Sponsored by Premier NutritionAND

Bryson Bmoney Jenkins performs LIVE for you!

8:00pm - 11:30pm

Breakfast for Registered OH Leaders! 
Location TBA within our hotel.

9:00am Sunday
FASHION SHOW
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Fitbloggin' 2012 and the balls of other women that I do not have. Thank you!

I spent last weekend at fitbloggin' 2012.  

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Michelle + I at fitbloggin 2012

I have yet to write about the event in full, however I just caught this mini-clip on line of the Zumba group instruction.

I was there in this group - yet you will note that yours truly was not dressed for the occasion and sat out. I may have boogied a bit, but stood on the sidelines and simply photographed.

I stood in AWE of these women -- these two on stage who I do not know until this event -- both of whom are at stages of my prior size who OWN THEIR SHIT.

I was a little more than moved by them.  I might have been a little... sigh.  That's all I got.

Michelle and I watched the entire class a while and both sort of slinked back to the back of the room and became wallflowers.  I asked Michelle, "Where do we go to buy that kind of confidence?"  

I have never had CONFIDENCE of any sort to That Level -- and I have a certain Level Of It (I have, some, more than many people, but not that much?) she even has Some in more ways than I do!  Even the two of us combined that THAT ROOM could not do what these women were doing.  

It was clear that #1 - IT IS NOT ABOUT BODY SHAPE or SIZE AT ALL.  

Confidence is a very different animal, unrelated to your body/shape or a number on a scale.  Weight loss doesn't necessarily change that.  It's inside you.  

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-Skinny Emmie and Mrs. Fat Ass

I applaud Roni and fitbloggin' for making THAT apparent -- because the curvy girls were in force this year.  Rock on.  *RAWR*

PS.  Next year, fitbloggin' 2013 - PORTLAND!


Getting on the big train to fitbloggin' 2012!

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...and I cannot wait to go.    I went to fitbloggin' in 2010 for it's first year, missed last year ...

And, thanks to Big Train, I'm able to get there this year!  Woot!  

Continue reading "Getting on the big train to fitbloggin' 2012!" »


See you in ATLANTA!

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Join us in Atlanta, Georgia for the one and only Obesity Help Event of 2012!  

  • Join us in Atlanta, Georgia!  
  • Get a discount on your ticket with coupon code "MM2012ATL"

SCHEDULE

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Clothing Exchange Drop Off
Savannah Room

9am - 11am
Clothing Exchange 
Open to Public, Savannah Room
Noon
Friday Registration
Chattahoochee foyer
1:00pm

Professional Workshop
Understanding the Obese Patient 
 

4 CEU's available.  Appropriate for psychologists, social workers, addiction professionals, marriage and family therapists and nurses. Details and Registration for this Workshop through Connie Stapleton, Ph.D's website.

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Mixed Q & A Panel, 
Grads & Professionals

  2:00pm - 4:30pm

Dr.  Paul E. Macik 

Performing operations laparoscopically since 1991.  His practice offers Gastric Bypass, LapBand and Sleeve Gastrectomy options.  Also an Instructor for Quarterly In-Service Program of Bariatric Surgery at Emory Dunwoody Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

Jim Blackburn

Jim lost 215 pounds and found a love for running.  With 58,038 Race finishers at an avg time of 01:17:35, Jim finished the 2012 Peachtree Road Race (10k) in 1:07:57, a goal he's worked towards since having Gastric Bypass.

Dr.  Michael Williams 

Dr. Williams principal clinical and research interest include minimally invasive techniques, and the surgical therapy of morbid obesity.  He has been involved in training surgeons in laparocopic techniques in the United States and the Caribbean.  

Beth Sheldon-Badore

Blogger, & Founder of Bariatric Bad Girls. "Melting Mama" as she's known through her blog has been blogging about life since her WLS in 2004.  Her witty, honest approach to life after WLS has inspired and supported thousands.

Dr. Sheldon Lincenberg

Double-board certified, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a board-certified general surgeon.  In 1995, he created and began sponsoring Pink Ribbons, an annual October event during Breast Cancer Month to benefit breast cancer organizations.

 Courtney aka tripmom02

An active OH member for 5 years and a frequent poster on the VSG forum! She's bringing her post-op experience as a Lap Band to VSG Revision. Courtney has lost 170 lbs and is training for her 1st half marathon in October. Her goal is to complete an Iron Man in 2014!

Break for Dinner
with your friends!
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Meet and Greet
Sponsored by NewWhey
Welcome Coffee


7:00pm - 10:00pm

TOPIC: Nothing Succeeds Like Success 
Colleen M. Cook
Motivational Speaker 

7:30pm - 8:30pm

TOPIC: Post-Op & a Doc LIVE!
Post Op and a Doc!

A POST-OP (Cari De La Cruz. Bariatric After Life) 
A DOC (Dr. Connie Stapleton, Author, Speaker)

8:45pm - 9:45pm
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Registration & Exhibits
7:30am - 8:15am

Meet the Speakers & Vendors
Bo McCoy

8:15am - 8:30am

TOPIC: WLS and ALCOHOL:Facts and Folly
Connie Stapleton, Ph.D, 
Clinical Psychologist

8:30am - 9:30am

TOPIC: Exercise, Myths and Realities
Jeremy Gentles, Ph.D Candidate 
Exercise Physiologist

9:40am - 10:25am

Professional Q & A Panel

  10:30am - 11:55am

Scott Steinberg, MD

Fellow-ship trained advanced laparoscopic surgeon. A member of the American College of Surgeons and the ASMBS. 

Qammar Rashid, MD

Fellow-ship trained in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery.  A large part of her practice is breast and bariatric surgery.    

Dr. Dennis C. Smith  

The 3rd surgeon in the world to perform the totally laparoscopic DS and the 1st bariatric surgeon in the world to present the Hand-Sewn Duedenal-Ileal Anastomosis technique. 

Connie Stapleton, Ph.D

Dr. Stapleton is a licensed clinical psychologist, received her doctorol degree from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology.  

Donna DeMild, LPBLC

Post-Op and CEO of BodySmart, LLC. Donna works at NJ Bariatrics and is a licensed bariatric life coach. Her focus is lifestyle change after wls.   

Jeremy Gentles 

A Ph.D Candidate in Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and for a number of years, served as ObesityHelp's Exercise Physiologist. 

Lunch Buffet & Prizes
Premier Nutrition is sponsoring Lunch!

12:00pm - 12:50pm

Exhibit Visits
Get your Swag Bags & talk to vendors!

12:50pm - 1:15pm

Breakout Session #1 Options:

  1:15pm - 1:55pm

Session #1, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: DS Nutrition
Dr. Dennis C. Smith
Bariatric Surgeon

Session #1, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Surgery
Dr. Alejandro Quiroz
Plastic Surgeon 

Breakout Session #2 Options:

  2:05pm - 2:45pm

Session #2, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: Hope & Help for the Pain of Regain
Colleen M. Cook
Motivational Speaker

Session #2, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC:  Every Thing You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask  Dr. Michael W. Blaney
Bariatric Surgeon

Breakout Session #3 Options:

  2:50pm - 3:30pm

Session #3, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: Natural Health 
Dr. Edward Boland
Medical Bariatician

 

Session #3, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Taming Your Inner Critic: The Connection Between What You Feed Your Head & What You Feed Your Body
Jill Temkin, MAMotivational Speaker  

Breakout Session #4 Options:

  3:40pm - 4:20pm

Session #4, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: No Shame in Revisions 
Charlie Brown

Motivational Speaker

Session #4, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Spending Your Money Safely and Wisely For Body Contouring After Weight Loss 
Dr. Lincenberg, Plastic Surgeon 

Exhibit Visits OR Optional ZUMBA Class
Great vendors that support the wls community

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Dinner Break 
with Your Friends!

6:00pm - 8:00pm 
 

The Grand Finale:

Member Fashion Show with designer clothing options sponsored by Gwynnie Bee, Clothing without Commitment

Masquerade Partywith a DJ & Free Unlimited Photo Booth Photos from 3:00pm until 10:00pm Sponsored byPremier NutritionAND

Bryson Bmoney Jenkins performs LIVE for you!

8:00pm - 11:30pm

Breakfast for Registered OH Leaders! 
Location TBA within our hotel.

9:00am Sunday
FASHION SHOW
 The following details need to be Emailed To Kim:
  • Hi-Res Before & After Photos
  • Name as you want it to appear
  • Surgeon, Surgery Date & Amount of Weight Lost
 
This is a great way to try out FREE samples while chatting with Vendors and Professionals about your weight loss, health and nutrition. We encourage you to ask questions and engage with each of the Exhibitors at the event. You'll find a room full ofknowledge and support!  
Interested in Exhibiting?
Email our Event's Department  
REPRESENTATIVE & SAMPLES SHIPPING SAMPLES OR DOORPRIZES LOCAL AREA REPRESENTATIVES
Ameriwell Bariatrics Click! Arbonne Skincare
Bariatric Advantage Devrom Avon
Building Blocks  Gastric Bypass Supplements Lisa & Bobby Candles
BJ's Bariatrics Kay's Naturals Mary Kay
Celebrate  Pharmics Passion Parties
New Whey Protica Scentsy
Premier Nutrition   Tupperware
Wellesse     Zumba
     
SUPPORT, RESOURCES and INFORMATION REPRESENTATIVE & PRODUCT INFO    
Dr. Michael W. Blaney Gwynnie Bee  
Charlie Brown BariWare  
CosMed, Dr. Quiroz with Free Plastic Surgery Consultations Slimpressions  
Donna DeMild, LPBLC    
Dr. Sheldon Lincenberg    
Dr. Paul E. Macik    
Dr. Dennis C. Smith, Wellstar     
Connie Stapleton, PhD    
Scott Steinberg, MD    
Jill Temkin    
FAQs
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions, registration updates or ticket trasfers?

Contact kim@obesityhelp.com

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Anyone flying into Atlanta airport can pick up a free shuttle to the Atlanta Airport Hilton. Atlanta has a complete transportation system that is very affordable. The event hotel has discounted parking for us, $3 per day with in/out privelages.

What should or shouldn't I bring to the event?

Our event Veterens have answered this one for you on our OH Facebook! We have put the answers into a blog post, more additions are welcome in the comment area.

What is the refund policy?

There is no refund to be made within 30 days of the event commencement, which is October 5th, 2012.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No ID is required.  However, please note that some topics may not be appropriate for children.

  • Join us in Atlanta, Georgia!  
  • Get a discount on your ticket with coupon code "MM2012ATL"
  • See you there!

 


Honey, I'm hooooome!

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After 24 hours of travel time, a few tears, one near-panic and eight boarding passes, and an additional $1000.00 in travel costs -- we are home!  WE ARE HOME!  We MADE it!  HOORAY!

What you see above is a sampling of the wicked super awesome bestest-ever nicest Bariatric Bad Girls Club members who came to Vegas with me for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America Meet and Greet 2012.  What you don't see -- are the 900 others that wanted to be there.  xo  This photo was just before the Friday night hoe-down.  Yee-haw.

As it was said, "I didn't know you liked country music."

Um, YEAH!?

Much more to follow, posts about the event, the vendors, the amazingness, and lots of photos -- I am uploading now.  Tag yourself on Facebook, tag me, tag whatever you want.


#WLSFA2012 We Are ON Our Way With Wellesse! Oh, and YAY!

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This time tomorrow, after the longest flights ever and at least two Ativans, Mr. MM and I will be at Bally's Las Vegas for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America Meet and Greet! 

This is my third time visiting Las Vegas, as I have been fortunate to attend in 2010 for ASMBS with ObesityHelp.com and Celebrate Vitamins, and in 2011 to represent the Bariatric Bad Girls Club at the last WLSFA Event.  But this is the first time I have been able to bring a Mr. MM to Vegas, AND one of my VIP BBGs!   

Squee.

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I will be helping Wellesse promote their line of premium liquid vitamin supplementation in the vendor area - as well as to love on all the vendors including lots of MM blog sponsors!  

Um, BECAUSE YAY VENDORS!  THEY ARE ALL IN ONE PLACE AND OMG OMG OMG, VEGAS AGAIN AND MORE BBGS and OMG YAY!  

Alright.  I'm better now.  Mostly.

Thank-you Wellesse for making it possible to go to Vegas and be with all my WLS pals, so that we can raise some SERIOUS CASH for the WLSFA.

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EES + OAC Event

Next month, on April 14-15, I'll be joining some of my peers in New York City for an event sponsored by Ethicon Endo-Surgery and the Obesity Action Coalition.  

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We'll hear and learn about -

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This is a great opportunity for us, as bloggers to learn, and for the industry to learn from US.    I'm excited because it's not often that an event is created to discuss these topics, from this aspect, the blogger side, the writer's side.

*This event is sponsored by Ethicion Endo-Surgery and the OAC, and my expenses for this trip have been covered in full.  

Thank you.

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NYC - 2009 - My photo

Awkward segue -

This makes the opportunity to meet some BBGC's in person in NYC!  I haven't been to New York since fall 2009, when I took a super-fast-run through the city for photos during a Obesity Help.com event.

At this point, several BBGC's have been invited to this event,  and why not meet you while we are already there?  Three of us are rooming together so far, we gave up our single rooms because, it's silly, we can share.   And, then there's always the cupcakes.  <g>  

I've set up an impromptu event page, for a get together after the event with local friends.  If you're near NYC, let us know!  

I guess I'll need some, shoes, too.