HBO Documentary Weight of the Nation Previews in Colorado

April 20, 2012

Launching one of the nation’s largest public health campaigns on obesity to date, HBO has joined with the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kaiser Permanente and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to produce a series of documentaries called The Weight of the Nation.  The series – whose TEDMED trailer screening earlier this month set Twitter abuzz – examines the obesity epidemic from every angle: agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture and the power of industry.

On Monday, April 16, HBO and Kaiser Permanente Colorado hosted a screening of part four of the series, “Challenges,” on the University of Denver campus. The screening is the first of more than 20 that Kaiser Permanente will host nationwide.

While Colorado is one of the fittest states for adults, it is facing one of the fastest growing childhood obesity rates in the country.  For that reason, the event began with a health expo focused on healthy eating and active living, and the screening was followed by a town-hall panel discussion with local experts and Q&A with the audience.   Below is a brief highlight reel of the evening’s activities.

The town hall discussion was also available to folks at home through Livestreaming. Watch the full presentation at http://new.livestream.com/cdphepsd/weightofco/.  You can also read more and see photos from the event here.

The Weight of the Nation series debuts on May 14, exclusively on HBO. Further information on the series, the soon-to-be-published book of the same name by St. Martin’s Press, and the nationwide community-based outreach campaign can be found at theweightofthenation.hbo.com.

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