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Weighty Matters


We’re guessing that most of you have by now seen (or at least heard about) Weight of the Nation, the four-part HBO documentary on the obesity epidemic that premiered in May and is still streaming online.

The media buzz surrounding the films is dwindling, but that doesn’t mean the momentum to take action to reverse obesity is ending — and you can get involved!

Civic leaders from across the nation will take part in the webinar “Acting on Weight of the Nation” at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on June 28, discussing how people can use the film to advance the obesity prevention movement. Speakers will outline the key themes found in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention. They’ll also share ways to mobilize individuals, organizations, companies and other groups to take action to effect policy change to meet the goals found in the IOM report. Director Marty Kearns is scheduled to take part as a presenter. Other speakers include Shiriki Kumanyika, professor of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine; Kerri Peterson, the executive director of Live Well Omaha; Stacy Wegley, director of the Hamilton County Public Health’s department of Health Promotion and Education in Cincinnati; Amy Whited, senior media relations strategist at Kaiser Permanente Colorado; and Monte roulier, president of Community Initiatives at Community Commons.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Don't miss the rest of the Inside Track: Click here to find out how a teen mystery novel is taking on childhood obesity. Also learn about how teens are becoming advocates for farm to school programs, and be sure to read a guest article about a Leader who is using his chef skills to help educate families about healthy eating.