A One-Day Event Held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 10:30am – 4:30pm

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This event was planned and hosted by SF Bay Area Health At Every Size® Think Tank members (in alphabetical order) Shelley Bond; Stephanie Buck; Fall Ferguson; Dana Schuster; Deah Schwartz; Sonya Renee Taylor; & Jessica Wilson. Additional support provided by the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH).

Thank you to all who participated and made this event a vibrant community experience!

Location: James C. Irvine Foundation Conference Center, 353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612


 Welcome – Sonya Renee Taylor
Pass It On – Sonya Renee Taylor
Reclaiming Medusa: The Healing Power of Witnessing –Fall Ferguson, JD, MA
The War on Obesity Makes Me Sick –Deb Burgard, PhD, FAED
Diverse Experiences of Weight Stigma – Panelists: TaMeicka L. Clear; Elaine Lee; Lynn Ellen Marcus; Rachel Marcus; David Stupplebeen; Moderator: Jessica Wilson
Stuffies, Bags, and Keys: Replacing Repression with Expression – Dr. Deah Schwartz
A Fat Flash Mob Experience – Juicy D. Light
Wrap-Up – Sonya Renee Taylor
Conclusion & Evaluations

Thank you to all our presenters and panelists for their participation in this event:

Deb Burgard, PhD, FAED, is a psychologist and one of the co-founders of the Health at Every Size® model. She is all about RECESS for all, for life.

TaMeicka L. Clear, who prefers to be called Meicka, is a big bodied Black dyke from Texas residing in Oakland,CA. Meicka is the coach and creatrix of CLEAR Coaching and Consulting. She is a social issues educator as well as a Spiritual and Body Positive coach to women and LGBTQIA people. Meicka’s loves are vibrant high top tennis shoes, ginormous earrings, community/family, and her sweet sweet partner, Merika.

Elaine Lee is a patent lawyer and computer engineer by training, a New Yorker by birth, a loyal Badger fan by upbringing, and a Californian by choice. Elaine was born with a curious mind, a fat rebellious streak and a stubborn nature which led, quite naturally, to enthusiastic participation in fat positive community and discussions about HAES.

Juicy D. Light is Founder and Artistic Director of Rubenesque Burlesque as well as HBIC and general badass who has been runnin’ shit on your turf, in your ‘hood and all up in your town since 2007. Student of the visionary Heather MacAllister, this curvy creatrix has continued the fat and fabulous legacy with the founding of Rubenesque Burlesque. Juicy D. Light continues to be the heart and soul of RB ever since she pushed it out of her glittery rhinestoned womb four years ago. Learn more at www.rubenesqueburlesque.com/

Fall Ferguson, JD, MA teaches in the MA in Health Education program at John F. Kennedy University, including courses on health care policy, community health education, the “collective body,” and working with body image, among other subjects. Fall is the current President of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), a nonprofit professional organization. Learn more at haescoach.com

Lynn Ellen Marcus has been a fat activist for the past 35 years, which has informed her work as a psychotherapist and has planted the seed for bringing a confident challenge in a number of social justice arenas where size discrimination has been an afterthought. Retirement has dovetailed with increased disability this past year.

Rachel Marcus comes to the Health at Every Size world through her own healing path with food and body image struggles. Rachel works as a personal trainer in San Francisco and Oakland working to help people find joy in movement, and focusing on a Health at Every Size, weight neutral approach. She is also pursuing a Masters degree in Health Education at John F. Kennedy University.

Deah Schwartz, Ed. D, M.S, M.A., CCC, CTRS is an educator, clinician, author and size activist. Dr. Deah has a private practice in Oakland that specializes in using expressive arts and recreational therapies to address body image issues and disordered eating. To find out more about Dr. Deah visit her website at www.drdeah.com

David Stupplebeen is a Master of Public Health candidate at San Francisco State University, and has research interests mixed-race, Asian & Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ health disparities. His previous work has focused on HIV- and LGBTQ-related stigma in the Asian & Pacific Islander community.

Sonya Renee Taylor is a Performance Poet, Activist and transformational leader, and National and International award winning writer and performer, published author, and global change maker. She is the founder and CEO of The Body is Not An Apology, an international movement committed to cultivating radical self-love and body empowerment that reaches over 100,000 people weekly. Sonya continues to perform, speak and facilitate workshops globally. Visit her at www.sonya-renee.com or www.thebodyisnotanapology.com

Jessica Wilson, MS, RD is focused on building a Health at Every Size community that reflects her values of social justice and activism as well as` her passion for creating change. She looks forward to the day when the Health at Every Size community is reflects the diversity of the world’s population, and would love your help with these efforts! To support this work she sees clients in her dietetic practice here in Oakland (mykitchendietitian.com).


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