President's Blog - OCTOBER 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

I am pleased to report that our fall course was well-attended with 72 participants.  I would like to thank the education committee for their hard work in organizing the course and our sponsors for their support. Special thanks goes to our presenters, Drs. James Wyatt, Sarah Honaker, Valerie Crabtree, Michael Smith, Susan McCurry, and Terri Weaver, who gave excellent talks.  This year, we also organized a dinner which was a great time to interact among colleagues and the presenters. To read more about the conference click here:

Next year, we will be moving the course to Birmingham, Alabama on September 15-16, so get ready for some BSM in the south!

As I mentioned in last month’s blog, the SBSM is supporting National Obesity Care Week, which is October 29th – November 4th.  We hope to highlight the importance of sleep health in the management of obesity and work with other organizations to promote evidence-based care for individuals with obesity.  We will be distributing information in the coming weeks with more details about how you can support this cause.  You can also check out the website at: 

I hope that supporting National Obesity Care Week is just a start for the SBSM to “get on the map” with other organizations and causes.  With this thought in mind, my challenge to members this month is to respond with your idea (or ideas) for other organizations or societies with whom we can engage.  I would encourage you to think creatively!  If you have a contact with that group, please let me know so we can reach out to them.  I look forward to your responses.

With warm regards,


Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President