What’s New?

New Lifeline topics are now online! Give service to thousands of OA members and strengthen your own recovery with the Tool of writing. Make it a part of your program to share your story with Lifeline about once a month or, like some of our writers, settle in for a writing marathon and send many stories at once. Write alone or in a workshop with fellow OA members. Lifeline will also feature a new department, “Focus on the Footwork,” through which members can share the details of how they work their program. Download the 2020 topics flyer to print and share or review the topics on the Share Your Story page at oa.org.
Deadlines for monthly featured topics are three and a half months prior to the first day of the month of publication. Please indicate the topic and month for which you are submitting the article based on the deadlines in parentheses. Typed letters by email, mail, or fax are preferred. Letters must contain the author’s name and address, even if the author wishes to remain anonymous in print. Lifeline promotes “unity with diversity” regarding the race, nationality, gender, age, physical challenges, and sexuality of its writers. This issue write about:
  • How OA Changed My Life
  • My OA Birthday
You can also submit a Lifeline story directly through OAlifeline.org by clicking here.
The OA Board of Trustees is asking for help. They need ideas for the cover of OA’s forthcoming book, Body Image, Relationships, and Sexuality: Personal Journeys to Recovery in Overeaters Anonymous. It’s important to note this is not a contest but a search for creative ideas that will interpret and inspire an attractive book cover. To learn more and send your ideas, download the flyer and release form. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2019.
Updated definitions of “abstinence” and “recovery” in Overeaters Anonymous were adopted at the 2019 World Service Business Conference. The revised policy states: The WSBC 2019 accepts the following definitions:
  1. Abstinence: The act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.
  2. Recovery: Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors.
Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program. (Business Conference Policy Manual, 1988b [amended 2019])
We have found that meetings that use a consistent format are stronger. Use one of OA’s meeting formats, newly updated, at your meeting to reinforce our OA program and encourage unity. Updates include OA’s new $5.00 (or more) suggested contribution, inclusive language encouraging members to find support in face-to-face and virtual meetings, and OA Twelve and Twelve, Second Edition references where relevant. Find OA’s meeting formats at oa.org: Suggested Meeting Format, Suggested Telephone Format, Suggested Young Persons’ Format, Suggested Step-Study Format, Suggested Recovery-from-Relapse FormatGuidelines for a Group Conscience Meeting/Suggest Format, and Newcomer Meeting Guidelines and Format.   PLUS: Try the NEW Suggested Reading Writing Meeting Format at your meeting. Use OA literature in your meeting to work your program and share with fellow members.  
OA has discontinued sales of Twelve Traditions of OA  which is now posted to the OA website for free download. This pamphlet still carries the Conference Seal of Approval and can provide an introduction to the Twelve Traditions for members and newcomers. It can be found at oa.org/documents under “Discontinued Literature.”
A new issue of the Professional Community Courier is now available for download on oa.org. The Courier is our newsletter to professionals in health care, nutrition, counseling, and similar areas who may refer patients and clients to OA. Courier articles are written by doctors, nurses, counselors, and other providers so that referring professionals can learn from peers in their field about the solution we have found by working the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous.   Help the still-suffering compulsive eater find us by raising awareness among referring professionals in your community. Download the Courier and share it today!
Two guidelines documents have been revised and are now available for download. Treasurer Guidelines have been extensively revised for clarity and will be especially helpful to willing OA members who have less experience with bookkeeping, budgeting, and reporting. Find it on the Treasurer Materials page or on the Documents page under “Group Treasurer Materials.” OA C.A.R.E.S. Correspondence Program Guidelines have also been revised to offer clear suggestions and cautions for giving service through written correspondence to OA members who are incarcerated in jail, prison, or another criminal justice facility. Find the OA C.A.R.E.S. Guidelines on the Guidelines page or on the Documents pages under “Guidelines.”
Created by the PI/PO Committee, this comprehensive directory lists the many, many, many resources available to members, groups, and service bodies carrying “this message to compulsive overeaters.” Free and downloadable, the PI Resource List has link information for multiple resource categories, including guidelines, PI posters, podcasts, OA’s Facebook pages, and more. Save, share, and reach out!
The new Twelve Step Workbook, Second Edition is now available. Composed of questions based on OA’s keystone book—The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition—this new Workbook has updated references, including page number references, to the new OA Twelve and Twelve, Second Edition. PLUS: The full list of questions found in the Step Four chapter of the new OA Twelve and Twelve are presented in the new Workbook—all in a single, comprehensive Workbook. Find the new Twelve Step Workbook, Second Edition (#992) in the OA bookstore.  Also available from the OA bookstore as a downloadable, interactive PDF e-Workbook.