OAC’s Annual Barbara Thompson Award For Advocacy

September 28, 2014

James Zervios
Director of Communications, OAC
(800) 717-3117


Tampa, Fla. – Washington state resident Rob Portinga was honored with the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) “Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy” during the 3rd Annual Your Weight MattersSM National Convention, Together We S.H.I.N.E.

Mr. Portinga is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, certified by the International Sports Sciences Association and is dedicated to constantly furthering his education in the field of health, wellness and nutrition and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners after studying with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Rob is also one of the co-hosts of The Wake Up Call, a health and wellness program, and founder of Former Fat Dudes!



Rob is a tireless advocate for the OAC, its mission and goals. In September 2013, Rob joined the OAC on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, as the OAC advocated to elected officials for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013, which would allow for coverage of obesity management services and treatments under Medicare.

As a bariatric surgery patient, Rob easily identifies with the struggles individuals affected by obesity face on a daily basis. He is able to use this to help others educate themselves on obesity, treatments, advocacy and more.

“Working with Rob throughout the past couple years has been an absolute pleasure. He continuously puts the needs of the OAC front and center and helps elevate our advocacy efforts in so many ways. He is very deserving of this award,” said Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, OAC Chairman.

About the OAC
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a nearly 50,000 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. To learn more about the OAC, please visit www.ObesityAction.org.

About the “Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy
Named after emeritus OAC National Board member Barbara Thompson, MLS, this award is given to an OAC Member who has led the charge in taking-on National, local and state advocacy issues. This individual should be a tireless advocate for individuals affected by obesity.

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

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