The National Exchange for Weight Loss Resistance provides a forum for exchange of stories, questions, ideas, challenges, and opportunities among those unusually resistant to weight loss, and/or unusually prone to weight gain in order to foster solidarity, understanding, belonging, and problem solving. The NEWLR will also foster dialogue between those wrestling with weight loss resistance and experts in the field of weight control.

To achieve its mission and vision the NEWLR will:

• Serve as a forum for the interchange of ideas and resources
• Encourage and promote the advancement and exchange of information about weight loss resistance
• Provide a knowledge bank and content archive
• Provide relevant association and resource links
• Interview and report on professionals in the field
• Post upcoming and recent events and conferences
• Provide online dialogue
• Encourage research to better understand Weight Loss Resistance

Turn the Tide Foundation, Inc. is a non profit foundation founded in 2007 to address America’s troubling health trends – rapidly rising rates of obesity and diabetes in both the adults and children, and increasing rates of heart disease and other chronic diseases in adults.
Turn the Tide Foundation, Inc. develops, evaluates and disseminates creative, practical strategies in real-world settings for empowering individuals and families to achieve optimal nutrition, robust good health, and sustainable weight control. And to work tirelessly to devise a robust array of defenses every person can use to protect itself from the threat of obesity and attendant chronic disease.

David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP

Dr. Katz is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. He is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine/Public Health; Director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, CT; and founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation.

Known internationally for expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease prevention, as well as integrative care models, Katz has secured roughly $30 million in research funding, and has published well over 100 scientific papers and textbook chapters, nearly a thousand newspaper columns, and 12 books to date. He is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index utilized in the NuVal™ nutrition guidance program (www.nuval.com), currently offered in approximately 1,000 supermarkets throughout the United States.

Katz has been recognized three times by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of the nation’s top physicians in Preventive Medicine; was a nominee for the position of US Surgeon General in 2009; and was the 2011 recipient of the Katharine Boucot Sturgis award from the American College of Preventive Medicine, the most prestigious award the College confers – awarded for illustrious career contributions. In February 2011 Katz was named Editor-In-Chief of Childhood Obesity.

The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

was established in 1998 through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). One of 37 such centers nationwide, each of which represents an academic/community partnership, the Yale-Griffin Preventive Research Center is the only center in the network based in a hospital. The Preventive Research Centers engage in interdisciplinary applied prevention research in collaboration with community partners, federal, state, and local health and education agencies, and other universities.

The goal of all PRCs is to develop innovative approaches to health promotion and disease prevention that will directly benefit the public's health, first locally, and then nationally. The Yale-Griffin PRC will serve as a program evaluator for the National Exchange for Weight Loss Resistance Registry.

Valentina Vinante, MD, Resident in Preventive Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Vinante is a visiting Resident physician from Italy. She has been studying Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Florence in Italy. In 2010 and 2011 she has began collaborating with the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center where she has been taking part in grant writing, research activities and project development mostly focused on obesity prevention.

Aside from Dr. Vinante’s research duties, she participates as member of the patient care team at the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital and other primary care offices in the area. Her primary focus is nutrition, integrative medicine, women's health and strategies to support and implement behavior modification. She is passionate about classical music and Eastern philosophies. She enjoys yoga, skiing and being in nature.