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May was a busy month for all of us here at Obesity Matters, but we can’t wait to welcome June with open arms! 

For anyone new, welcome to Obesity Matters! We are committed to building a tight-knit community of like-minded thinkers who want to embrace bodies of all sizes through the sharing of personal journeys, and dedication to end the stigma around obesity and overweight. And remember, 
Obesity Matters, because YOU matter.
We have some informative, uplifting and fun events planned for June – headlined by season two of our Eat, Play, Love Summer Series. This season, we are focused on answering the question “What Matters most to our community?” and are kicking it off with the return of Dr. Sean Wharton to map out the patient’s journey through the health care system. 

Don’t forget to REGISTER for Eat, Play, Love if you haven’t already.
We hope you are as excited about the series as we are! 
 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

at 9 a.m. PDT; 12 p.m. EDT

Dr. Sean Wharton, MD, PharmD, FRCP(C)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Adjunct Professor McMaster University and York University
Diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine
The Wharton Medical Clinic
Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, ON, Canada

Find out about other events of the Series HERE
Register for Eat Play Love Series

If you enjoyed any of our events and would like to support us

Donate Here
In preparation for the event series, we have a little bit of Eat, Play, and Love to share:
Eat

Summer Recipe


With summer just around the corner and the weather taking a turn for the better, it is time to break out the delicious summer recipes. From healthy smoothies to finding creative ways to use the barbeque, we love cooking in the summer. 

We also love trying something new! Try this recipe that combines bright, summery vegetables with a cool, refreshing flavor we always crave on a hot day. Gazpacho makes for an easy, low-calorie lunch and it couldn’t be easier to make! 

It’s available here in the Dietitians of Canada's free recipe app Cookspiration
To the full recipe
Play

Ideas to exercise


Another great part of summer is the ability to get outside and get some fresh air. Incorporating outdoor fitness into your lifestyle is simple, fun and best of all, free! 

And we get it, not everyone enjoys “exercise,” and working out can be a bigger source of stress than happiness. That is why it’s best to incorporate exercise into the things that we DO like. You don’t have to be an “outdoorsy” person to enjoy a long walk and some window shopping. 

Turn your grocery shopping trip into a ‘workout’ by walking instead of driving, if possible. Or when you take the dog for a walk, push yourself to go a little faster or a little longer each time. 

Try some yoga in the backyard or the park – any kind of movement counts, and it can be a great socially distanced activity if you invite a friend along.
Love

Self-Love


The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on everyone. Whether it’s with work, family, friends or relationships or the world in general, there has been plenty of reason to be feeling a bit down – especially through the colder months. 

While the warmer weather will hopefully add at least a little more joy to our lives, it is also important to remember to take care of ourselves whenever possible. We’re talking about self love. Maybe you are the person always taking care of others. Or maybe you are too busy to find much time for yourself. No matter the case, it is vital to our overall wellness and mental health that we prioritize ourselves sometimes. Here are some ways to do it:
  1. Become mindful of yourself. Fad diets and crazy workouts don’t work. Create a realistic lifestyle for your body and mind by staying in tune with what your body is telling you it needs. Being mindful of what we can and cannot do is an essential part of proper self-care.
  2. Take a break just for you. Whether you like to meditate, listen to music or read – take time to step away from work, family or whatever it is you are doing to carve out a little bit of time for yourself, with yourself. 
  3. Stretch. Taking some time throughout the workday, in the morning or before bed to really stretch out the body can make a world of difference. We hold so much tension in our shoulders and necks that stretching can not only be relaxing but help prevent injury as well.
Build
Obesity Matters is building a community that is meaningful to people who connect with us on social media, at events and in broader partnerships that align with our mandate. To have a systemic impact on increasing support and programming for the community that focuses on physical and mental well-being, it is essential to have a plan of action. We have been fortunate to have strong support from our community and three individuals who are already part of the organization's success to-date have agreed to take on a larger role. We are proud to introduce Obesity Matters' Advisory Board members who will meet in the coming weeks and months to develop a strategic plan for the mid-term: 

 

Meet Obesity Matters' Advisory Board Members

We love our members!


We so appreciate the love and support from our members and are committed to continue to provide a resource and platform for everyone to share their struggles and successes.

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