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ASDAH Announces Health At Every Size

ASDAH Announces Health At Every Size ® Registered Trademark and Final Schedule for August Conference in San Francisco

San Fracisco. CA (PRWEB) August 01, 2011

The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) is pleased to announce that they have been granted a trademark for Health At Every Size® services and materials This is the culmination of many months of patient work and planning on the part of the ASDAH Board, who are careful to stress that the trademark registration is part of an ongoing effort to keep the term from being “borrowed” by diet and weight-loss programs not in keeping with the original intent of the phrase.

“This is not about keeping the Health At Every Size® approach exclusive to ASDAH,” said ASDAH President, Deb Lemire. “Through the diligent work of many people both within and allied with our organization, the Health At Every Size® principles have come to mean something very important to people of all sizes who want access to compassionate, relevant and rational health care. We simply want to protect this phrase from individuals or large corporations who would seek to co-opt the phrase to hawk their latest diet or weight-loss program.”

The new trademark is just one in a series of proactive responses to the continued misguided public and political approach to health and weight. In June, ASDAH launched healthateverysizeblog.com featuring outspoken advocates for the Health At Every Size® paradigm. ASDAH also recently responded to a commentary in JAMA suggesting the removal of higher weight children from their homes. While the removal was proposed as a last resort, “the option should not even have been on the table,” says Lemire “when the Health At Every Size® approach is a viable and compassionate alternative.” ASDAH has drafted a policy response which can be downloaded from its website.

International Conference All Star Line Up

The Association for Size Diversity and Health will host its Fifth International Educational conference in August in San Francisco. Entitled “No Body Left Behind – The HAESSM Model: Ensuring an Inclusive Approach to Health and Wellness,” the conference boasts an impressive list of speakers from a wide variety of disciplines. Keynoting will be Linda Bacon, UC Davis and Lucy Aphramor, RD, Coventry University, UK discussing their recently published article in the Nutrition Journal which concluded that prescribing weight loss is ineffectual and unethical.

Additional speakers include Professor Amy Farrell, who recently appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss her book: Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture, a study of the historical roots of fat denigration in the United States; Stephanie Brooks, RD, Fall Ferguson, JD, MA, Judith Matz, LCSW, Laura McKibbin, LICSW and Lenny Husen, MD—who will speak about the importance of promoting wellness as opposed to healthism.

Newly added participants also include international experts Amy Herskowitz, MSc, a senior program consultant for the Ontario provincial government in the Ministry of Health’s mental health program area; and Lydia Jade Turner, BA, PG Dip, Managing Director of BodyMatters Australasia, an Eating Disorder clinic pioneering the Health At Every Size® approach to treatment in Sydney Australia, will discuss how ED and HAESSM approaches can work collaboratively to promote self-care and client wellness.

A special highlight of the conference will be a showing of the latest director’s cut of Darryl Roberts’ highly anticipated new film, America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments—A look at our unhealthy obsession with dieting and other weighty matters. Open to the public, the film will be shown Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. followed by a Q&A with the director and several participants in the film. A virtual press conference with Darryl Roberts will be held Tuesday, August 2 at 5:00 PM EST. Those interested in participating should email ASDAH at [email protected] .

The conference is paying more than lip service to the concept of inclusion in health and wellness. Attendees are invited to participate, both in the fitness demonstrations led by licensed fitness instructor, Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick) and in live demonstrations depicting challenging health care situations and breakout groups on Sunday where attendees will work together to strategize practical solutions to ensure inclusiveness in modern health care.

“It’s one thing to talk about how a healthcare provider and patient should relate to one another in a clinical situation, and a very different thing to actually do it,” said conference co-chair, Dana Schuster. “This conference will allow attendees to practice their skills, as well as draw on their experience, knowledge, and ideas to provide an opportunity for everyone present to work together to find common, real-world solutions.”

Tickets to the movie as well as a complete and final conference schedule can be found at http://www.sizediversityandhealth.org/content.asp?id=148&sessionID=581450891


The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) is an international professional organization started in 2003. It is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization, whose diverse membership is committed to the Health At Every Size® (HAESSM) principles.

The HAESSM (Health At Every Size®) movement is a continuously evolving alternative to the weight-centered approach to treating clients and patients of all sizes. It is also a movement working to promote size acceptance, end weight discrimination, and lessen the cultural obsession with weight loss and thinness. You can learn more about ASDAH and the HAES SM principles on the organization’s website at http://www.sizediversityandhealth.org or by subscribing to ASDAH’s blog at http://www.healthateverysizeblog.com.


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Free Audio Books Every Month with Simply Audiobooks’ ‘Free Download of the Month’ Program

Free Audio Books Every Month with Simply Audiobooks’ ‘Free Download of the Month’ Program

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) April 7, 2006

Whoever said ‘you can’t get something for nothing’ never visited SimplyAudiobooks.com. North America’s largest online source for audio books announced today it is giving away a free downloadable audio book every month, beginning with the autobiography of GoodLife Fitness Club CEO, David Patchell-Evans’ “Living the GoodLife.”

The Free Download of the Month program offers Simply Audiobooks members and non-members a featured audio book free each month for an indefinite period of time.

“Our goal is to make audio books easily accessible to anyone who enjoys reading, but can no longer find time to fit it into their schedules,” said Kathryn Kennedy with the Simply Audiobooks business development team. “Multitaskers are particularly attracted to downloading audiobooks as it is the most time-efficient and convenient means of accessing the books they want to read.”

This month’s free download, “Living the GoodLife” was written and narrated by the founder and CEO of Canada’s largest fitness company. A platinum member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies list, and Canadian Business’ Most Innovative Executive of 2005, Patchell- Evans offers helpful tips on diet, exercise and healthy living while chronicling his business and personal story. The audio book features an exclusive interview foreword with respected Canadian journalist, Jim Reed (not available in print version).

Simply Audiobooks also offers free content through podcasts, thanks to a partnership recently formed with AudioFile Magazine, the only subscription magazine devoted exclusively to audio books. The magazine’s “Audiopolis” audio book reviews are available as free podcasts hosted on the Simply Audiobooks web site.

Through its AudioFile partnership, Simply Audiobooks is also giving away a free download exclusively to its members. Simply Audiobooks subscribers will receive a free copy of AudioFile Magazine’s digital edition (PDF format), simply by providing their email address and verifying their account.

About Simply Audiobooks

Simply Audiobooks is North America’s top audio book source, offering the most comprehensive range of online services with unlimited rentals, sales and direct downloads. Launched in 2003, the company was the first to provide an unlimited rental model for audio books on CD, with free direct-to-door delivery and no due dates or late fees. Simply Audiobooks now offers audio books on tape or CD for purchase, as well as direct downloads in open-standard WMA files. The company has offices in Toronto, Buffalo and Las Vegas. For more information visit http://www.simplyaudiobooks.com.

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