NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The OAC, along with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington and B'more Fit for Healthy Babies, led by the Baltimore City Health Department and Family League of Baltimore, are excited to invite residents of the DC, Maryland and surrounding metropolitan communities to join us on Saturday, August 27 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm for our FREE Community Health Outreach Day, taking place at the Your Weight Matters Healthy Living EXPO at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD.
"The OAC is honored to partner with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington and B'more Fit for Healthy Babies for our Community Health Outreach Day. We recognize the need for access to the right kind of information on weight and health, which can often be difficult to find. We're very excited for the local communities to join us for this great educational opportunity," said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.
During the OAC's Community Health Outreach Day, the public is invited into the Your Weight Matters Healthy Living EXPO for FREE, where local area residents can take part in a targeted health and wellness exposition that includes a diverse set of vendors specific to the weight management industry. In addition to access to the EXPO, local area residents can also enjoy an array of supplemental tools to help in their weight management journey, such as free access to select educational sessions at the OAC's National Convention (taking place in conjunction with the EXPO), along with the ability to participate in a free health and wellness screening. To take part, local area residents are encouraged to sign-up for their FREE EXPO pass by visiting www.YWMConvention.com/EXPO.
One of the exciting features included with the FREE EXPO pass is a ticket to one of the Convention's Keynote sessions, featuring the winners of ABC's Reality Weight-loss series, "My Diet is Better than Yours," nationally-acclaimed dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner and contestant Jasmin Queen. Attendees will also receive one ticket to our exclusive session designed for EXPO Pass registrants, featuring an easy to understand overview of nutrition and exercise – two essential components needed for any weight management journey.
"As a leader in health and well-being in the DMV region, the Y saw the partnership with the OAC as a tremendous opportunity to share resources through promotion and support of the Your Weight Matters Healthy Living EXPO," said Lisa M. Horton, MS, Association Senior Director of Healthy Living.
Today, approximately 29 percent of Maryland residents and 21 percent of DC residents are impacted by obesity. In addition, nationally, obesity-related healthcare cost is estimated at $315.8 billion annually. However, even with these staggering statistics, free access to quality, evidence-based education on weight and health is often very difficult to find.
"I'm truly excited and thankful to attend the Community Health Outreach Day at the OAC Convention. I'm even more excited to gather and exchange information about support, ways to improve my life and my daughter's and educate myself on different creative avenues to take to help make my weight-loss journey fun and innovative. I'm in this to win the war on obesity and this conference is my stepping stone," said Tameshia Michele Farley, B'more Fit Member.
To sign-up for your FREE EXPO pass today or to learn more about the OAC's Community Health Outreach Day, please visit www.YWMConvention.com/Expo.
About the OAC
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a more than 52,000 member-strong National non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support.
About B'more Fit for Healthy Babies
The B'more Fit for Healthy Babies Coalition, led by the Baltimore City Health Department and the Family League of Baltimore, is part of the B'more for Healthy Babies (BHB) infant mortality strategy for Baltimore City. B'more Fit is a holistic wellness movement that helps low income families focus on nutrition, stress management and fitness to achieve a healthy weight. B'more Fit receives funding from the federal Office on Women's Health Coalition for Healthier Communities initiative and other local foundations.
About YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is a 501©3 nonprofit charity organization and has been serving the communities and families of DC, Maryland and Virginia for nearly 165 years. Through opportunities in wellness, aquatics, youth sports, summer camps, child care and more, the Y engages more than 250,000 individuals through our 16 branches and program centers.
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SOURCE Obesity Action Coalition