Thursday, June 28, 2012 (12:30PM - 2:00PM)
Join us and civic leaders from across the nation to discuss strategies to convert the power of the Weight of the Nation films and campaign assets into tangible action for healthier built, food, beverage, social and community environments. We will address the very practical matters of engaging your community, hosting screenings, leading community dialogues, and activating social media to catalyze action on the ground.
The Web Forum will highlight the key themes of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report, Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention, and provide methods you can use to help grow the movement for a healthier nation by mobilizing individuals, organizations, companies and place-based partnerships everywhere. The Web Forum will prepare you to host screenings events and actions that can:
• Start new conversations in homes, neighborhoods, worksites, clinical settings, faith settings, and schools.
• Deepen existing conversations and actions - particularly within the movement of place-based partnerships and collaboratives.
• Build a widespread constituency for targeted actions and environmental changes that support healthy living where we live, learn, work, play, worship, and vote.
HBO and IOM, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, launched THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION as a campaign to raise public awareness of the seriousness of the obesity epidemic. Over the course of three years, HBO worked with IOM and other researchers on the science and economics of obesity, talked to the country's leading experts on this issue, and traveled nationwide to meet hundreds of Americans who are struggling with obesity, and examined the strategies that are being employed to create a healthier nation.