As we approach the end of the year I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on IASO's activities so far and to let you know about some of the new things you can look forward to in 2013. A key part of our strategy is to deliver significant benefits to IASO members so read on to find out more....
Are you a member of IASO?
Did you know that you are probably already a member of IASO? As a federation, IASO has organisations as members. If you are a member of one of our member organisations you are eligible for the discounts that we offer on our events, e-learning programme and journals, to name but a few. To find out if you are a member, click here to see our list of organisation members.
Launch of new 'Member Zone' - access the international community and discounts here!
Early next year we will be launching a new 'Member Zone' which will enable all IASO members to log in and benefit from being part of the international obesity community as well as being eligible for discounted registration fees to events, discounted e-learning and other exciting products. As soon as the system is live we will let you know so that you can set up your profile and explore!
New Resources page on website
We have been working hard on improving the website making information more accessible and hopefully you have found the changes helpful when you are searching for information or registering for a conference.
I hope that you have had an opportunity to explore the new resources page on the website and found our new member request service useful. If you have a request for obesity data please send it to Rachel our Research and Information Manager on email@example.com.
Meanwhile, members and public alike have been making good use of our obesity prevalence maps, checking out the latest survey data for adults and children - see here. In the coming year IASO will be developing a set of master slides from these data to help users make impressive presentations. We will be backing these up with fact sheets and briefing papers, and providing stronger advocacy support for our IASO members.
Our LinkedIn group is going from strength to strength with almost 500 members. For current news-bites and lively discussion join us here. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter too for the latest IASO news - connect here.
Obesity education programme provides international recognition
This year IASO has focused on developing our education programme, to better meet the needs of our members and those undertaking IASO's obesity education programme - SCOPE (Specialist Certification in Obesity Professional Education). We hope that you'll be as excited as we are about our progress - here is a quick update on what we've been up to:
The SCOPE e-learning programme is off to a great start! In less than 6 months, we have a total of 3,762 users who have collectively spent over 545 hours using the 18 e-learning courses available. And, over 2,329 people have signed up for SCOPE e-learning updates via email.
We are excited to be launching a series of video modules in the coming months, including:
- Dietary Approach to Weight Loss and Maintenance
- Motivational Interviewing: Facilitating Behavioral Change
- How to start the patient dialogue about weight
- The 5As of Obesity Management (in partnership with the Canadian Obesity Network)
IASO members are eligible for a 20% discount on all e-learning products - make sure you get in on the action! You can try a sample module here.
Not only is SCOPE e-learning a flexible way for you to incorporate continuing education into your busy professional schedules, but it allows you to earn points towards SCOPE Certification. SCOPE Certification is the internationally recognised standard of obesity management expertise. IASO is offering this Certification programme at no additional cost, and with no time limit for completion! You can find more information on Certification here.
Are you or an organisation you are a member of running an obesity related course or event? IASO would be pleased to support your endeavour! Applying for SCOPE Accreditation for your event affords you with wider advertising exposure through the IASO network, inclusion in the SCOPE education programme, and enables participants to collect both SCOPE points (to be used towards SCOPE Certification) and CPD points. SCOPE Accreditation is a great way to increase the profile and attractiveness of your event. More information is available here.
Our journals, Obesity Reviews (IF 7.038), Pediatric Obesity (IF 2.986) and Clinical Obesity, and our affiliated journal, International Journal of Obesity (IF 4.691) have gone from strength to strength with increases in both impact factors and subscribers.
In 2012 we had five open access papers with Obesity Reviews and we were delighted to welcome Matt Sabin to the team as Deputy Editor for Clinical Obesity. Please see here to view previous issues and to submit your paper via our online peer-review system.
With a record number of events in 2012, a total of eight, we have been able to reach a much wider section of members by holding our meetings in accessible locations around the world. At the beginning of the year we held a joint event with the Royal College of Nursing on 'Let's talk about weight' in the United Kingdom. Our three SCOPE Schools this year were held in Malaysia, the United Kingdom and India. The 10th and 11th Stock Conferences were held in the Czech Republic and Canada. We also held a Hot Topic Conference in Canada on 'Obesity and Mental Health' and a meeting was held in France for the ENERGY project.
Next year we are planning meetings on:
- Obesity, Physical Activity and Cancer
- Obesity Management: the key to effective diabetes care
- Obesity and Pregnancy
- Metabolically Healthy and Unhealthy Obese
- Functional Body Composition and Related Aspects in Research on Obesity and Cachexia
- SCOPE Schools regionally around the world
- Obesity and Mental Health
Keep an eye on our events pages for information as it becomes available!
Policy and Advocacy
As an organisation in official relations with the World Health Organisation, IASO has been kept busy this year advising and responding to the WHO's proposals for implementing a series of programmes to prevent non-communicable disease. The WHO suggested a target of 'no increase in obesity after 2025' but we have urged a more ambitious set of targets showing year-on-year improvements from an earlier point, including infants and children and obesity during pregnancy. We also delivered a statement to the World Health Assembly calling on member states to support further action to prevent obesity.
Meanwhile we are participating in a number of research projects in Europe (view projects here) concluding the ENERGY project and starting the SPOTLIGHT project, and continuing the TOYBOX and StanMark projects. Internationally, we are now embarking on an ambitious project to develop indicators for assessing the determinants of healthy nutrition, such as food prices, food access and marketing to children. This is to be dubbed the INFORMAS project - watch out for more details here!
Changes to the IASO Team
In 2012 we have welcomed Claire Mercer (Event Manager), Natasha Joyner (Events and Admin Assistant), Hannah Brinsden (Policy and Advocacy Researcher), Ella Zomer (Research Assistant) and Justine States (Research Assistant). We sadly said goodbye to Una Murray (Finance and Membership Manager) last month who has been with IASO for nine years. Una is moving back to China with her family. Everyone on the IASO Team will miss her and we send her our best wishes. Taking over from Una, we would like to welcome our new Finance and Membership Manager, Heather Budd.
Thank you for your support throughout 2012 and we look forward to working with you in 2013!