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About the Weight Management Working Group

As a coalition, the OA Action Alliance undertakes its work through four working groups comprised of volunteers who are members of concerned organizations in the public health community. These working groups are based on the four primary recommendations outlined in A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis. The areas addressed are injury prevention, physical activity, self-management education and weight management.

Mission Statement

The Weight Management Working Group is unified under the fourth of four recommended public health interventions outlined in the National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis which states that, "Higher body mass index (BMI) is not only a major risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and premature death but is also implicated as a cause of OA, particularly of the knee... modest weight loss among people with knee OA has been shown to produce meaningful improvements in physical function, self-reported disability, pain symptoms and quality of life." Read more here.

Group Leadership

Barbara J. Moore, Ph.D.
Barbara J. Moore, Ph.D.
Chair, OA Action Alliance Weight Management Working Group
President and Chief Executive Officer, Shape Up America!

As the President and CEO of Shape Up America!, an organization founded to raise awareness of obesity as a health issue and provide responsible and free weight management information to the public through its award-winning website,, Barbara is acutely aware of the implications of obesity and its co-morbid conditions including osteoarthritis. As a co-chair of the OA Action Alliance’s Weight Management working group, Barbara is committed to educating the public of the intimate connection between obesity and osteoarthritis – and empowering those affected with tools to improve their quality of life. Learn more about what Barbara and Shape Up America! have to say about OA and the OA Action Alliance by clicking here.


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