Public Information & Professional Outreach {PIPO}: To coordinate the efforts of our groups to carry the message of recovery to the public and the professional community which can include hospitals, institutions, professionals, and the military (active duty personnel and dependents). To encourage and assist groups and our Intergroup to make the public aware of Overeaters Anonymous through a variety of virtual avenues, and also print and broadcast media, participation in online & community health fairs, and any other public means.

“Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.”

Tradition Five of Overeaters Anonymous

OA intergroups, meeting groups and individual members can “Carry the Message.” Overeaters Anonymous offers a solution for compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors. A common saying is “It works if you work it!” But for a solution to work, first “the message” must be heard.

In OA, intergroups, meeting groups and individual members are becoming involved in Public Information and Professional Outreach (PIPO) works in a number of fun and effective ways.

  • Contact addiction and behavioral health therapists
  • Place ads in online classified lists
  • Contact local/online papers, radio stations, television
  • short presentations
  • Networking
  • *NEW* Social Media channels: TikTok, Instagram, FB, Blog/eZine, Website, etc.

PIPO Efforts Can Be Simple and Effective

A PIPO campaign can be simple and still be effective. Sometimes it’s not about hosting a single, large event. Often it’s about consistency of effort. We are encouraged in OA to “Keep Coming Back!” (Overeaters Anonymous, 2nd ed., p. 26). We may apply this same philosophy of consistency and perseverance to our PIPO work. Here are some simple efforts that, if applied consistently, have proven effective:

  • Placing OA Bulletin Board Attraction Sticky Notes (OA bookstore product #440W) in one’s local community. These sticky notes contain a place to list a local meeting. Intergroups may wish to list a meeting with a newcomer focus.
  • Giving a copy of OA’s Courier to one’s doctor or other healthcare professional. The Courier is a newsletter for the professional community that carries the message of OA to healthcare professionals and institutions.
  • Leaving issues of Lifeline, OA’s member magazine, at the offices of doctors, dentists, therapists, and other healthcare professionals and institutions.
  • Circulating PI posters in one’s community. World Service has made available an assortment of colorful, professionally designed public information posters that may help carry the message to those who still suffer. Many coffee shops, grocery stores, laundry mats, libraries, gyms, churches and other locations have bulletin boards perfect for posting these attractive flyers.
  • Encouraging PIPO service work at the group and intergroup level by supporting current PIPO efforts and giving service with a PIPO committee, if possible. Service is a powerful tool and many of us have found our recovery strengthened through PIPO work.

OA is a program of action. For Today, page 278, states, “I cannot expect the difficulties of life to be erased because I wish it.” Likewise, the message of OA cannot be carried through wishing and wanting. With prayer, meditation and the OA program and Fellowship, intergroups, meeting groups and individual members can “carry the message” to those who still suffer.

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