The Weight of the Nation Conversation Continues With The Community


The conversation continues as our community comes together again to discuss the “ Challenges” after the screening of another film in this powerful four –part documentary, – “The Weight of the Nation.” This series developed by HBO in conjunction with several of the nation’s leading research and health care organizations is an effort launched to halt and to prevent obesity, is one of the most far-reaching public education campaigns on obesity to date.

“Children In Crisis, screened on August 21st at the Coastal Georgia Center sparked lengthy discussions about how to combat obesity right here in the Savannah area.

Community members are invited to take part in the discussion after the screening, which will focus on the challenges around making healthy choices for themselves, their families, and their community.

Ideas for discussion will included incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into meals, walking 30 minutes a day, and sitting down with family for healthy, home-cooked meals.

“The obesity epidemic has been developing for decades, and we cannot expect to fully reverse the epidemic and get the nation down to a healthier weight overnight. “Educational opportunities such as this really are the first steps in getting our community to focus on health, in order to help our children make good food choices, to talk about creating neighborhoods and schools that enable children to eat well and be active, are critical to helping the next generation live healthier, happier lives.”

In the United States, 68 percent of adults ages 20 and older are overweight or obese, as are 35 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19, in Chatham County. Obesity contributes to five of the 10 leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, many cancers, and kidney disease.

“The Weight of the Nation” is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health , and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

“The Weight of the Nation” includes four documentary films, and a nationwide communitybased outreach campaign of support. Three years in the making, “The Weight of the Nation”spotlights the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and our health care system.

The series also highlights how individuals, workplaces, and communities are making positive changes.

Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and stroke are just a few of the diseases associated with obesity that tend to dramatically increase as obesity rates increase.

Join us as we continue the conversation with the presentation of the film “Consequences” in the Hoskins Auditorium on Memorial Health’s Campus on Sept. 26, at 5PM. This film examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. This program is free and open to the public.

For More information Please Contact Carolyn Guilford 912 236-8987.

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