Author: Rob Portinga

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YWM2015 – Of Bands and Balloons

At the start of Saturday’s activities, I visited with a number of the vendors supporting this year’s event – first up, Mike from Apollo Endosurgery, the folks behind the LapBand System, chatted with me about their newest obesity treatment option,...

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YWM2015 – Doctor, Patient, Advocate

Next up, I was able to chat with Dr. Walter Medlin… in his own words he’s a “Bariatric Doctor, Bariatric Patient, and Part-Time Advocate”. He was part of a panel talk on the “rules” patients are told about life after...

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YWM2015 – A Bariatric Foodie and a Friend

In this clip, I chatted with Nancee, she had surgery at the same center I did… and then also with Nikki aka Bariatric Foodie. Nancee talks about how what she’s learned after this first day of the convention some things...

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YWM2015 – First Timers to Veterans

Being on the Welcoming Committee, I get to send out welcome letters to a fair chunk of the attendees, and it was great seeing how many first time attendees we had this year. Here I get to chat with one...

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YWM2015 – Get Your Strong On!

During the first morning of the actual YWM2015 event I decided to wander about a bit and start chatting with people, one of the first people I got to catch up with is Robin Robin – A nurse by day,...

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Food For Thought – Getting it Mostly Right

I was on my way home from YWM2015 the other night, it was a four hour flight from San Antonio to SeaTac, and I managed to sleep a good chunk of it. But when I woke, I decided to check...

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Already looking forward to next year…

Wow. Once again, this has been an wonderful, inspirational and humbling weekend. The Your Weight Matters/Obesity Action Coalition convention has grown so much since I attended the second annual convention in Phoenix, two years ago. Each time, I’ve come away,...

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Welcome to Your Weight Matters 2015

This weekend I am down in San Antonio, TX for the Obesity Action Coalition‘s annual convention, Your Weight Matters. Yesterday, I took part in the Finding the Power of Your Voice advocacy training, and am about to head down for...

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The OAC’s Respect Pledge – Good Anytime, Anywhere

One week from today the Obesity Action Coalition’s annual convention, Your Weight Matters 2015 kicks in to gear with some advocacy training in the afternoon and the opening kick-off that evening. And once again, a record breaking attendance is expected. The...

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Facing Fears

I went for a walk during my lunch break yesterday. And it was kind of a big deal. When I started working from home last fall, I knew I was going to have to get some additional activity in, so...