• HBO screening The Weight of the Nation, panel discussion on childhood obesity TODAY [VIDEO]

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    HBO, Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan and the YMCA of Metro Detroit host events to promote documentary series on obesity

     Who:                                     HBO will host two screenings of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION for invited guests from the southeast Michigan region. The morning screening will be for students from local Detroit area schools.  Following the morning screening, students will be participating in nutrition demonstrations and physical activity sessions. In the evening, the invited guests will have the opportunity to view the piece.  After the evening screening, health and wellness experts from Michigan will participate in a panel discussion on the obesity epidemic and prevention methods.


    ·         Susan Woolford, MD, MPH-Medical Director, Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan

    ·         Katrina I. Crawley, ESQ., Founder, JazzKat, Inc., & Board President, Urban Fit Kids

    ·         Nate McCaughtry, Director, Wayne State University Center for School Health

    ·         Brooke Hempton, Physical Education Teacher, South Redford Schools

    ·         Moderated by: Katherine Knoll, Steering Committee Chair, Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan

     What:                                   A screening of HBO’s new, groundbreaking documentary THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, which focuses on raising public awareness on the growing health, economic and social issues associated with the obesity epidemic.

                                                     Bringing together the nation’s leading research and health institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

     When:                                  Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    10 a.m.                 Screening of “THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION FOR KIDS: THE GREAT CAFETERIA TAKEOVER”

    11 a.m.                                 Physical Activity Session*

                                                    11:30 a.m.           Nutrition Demonstration

                                                    Noon                     Physical Activity Session*

                                                    *Physical activity session options include: Zumba, an obstacle course, yoga, boot camp, fitness test and a rock wall       

                                                    5:30 p.m.             Reception – media interview opportunities

                                                    6:30 p.m.             Screening of “THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION”

                                                    7:30 p.m.             Panel Discussion



    The YMCA of Metro Detroit
    Marlene Boll Theater
    1401 Broadway
    Detroit, MI 48226

     Why:                                     In Michigan, roughly 30 percent of 10-17 year olds are considered overweight or obese and Michigan adults have the ninth highest rate of obesity in the country. THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION offers an unflinching look at the severity of the obesity crisis, highlighting the groundwork for the societal transformations that must take place in order to slow, arrest and eventually reverse the prevalence of obesity and bring the nation to a healthier weight. It is one of the most far-reaching public health campaigns on this epidemic to date. The multi-part, multi-platform series comprises four documentary films, a three-part series for families, 12 bonus shorts, a robust website and social media campaign, a book published by St. Martin’s Press and the free distribution of DVDs and comprehensive discussion guides to more than 40,000 community-based organizations working to fight obesity around the country. The program will air in its entirety on HBO on May 14 and 15, 2012.

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