Friday, April 13, 2012

Weigh in on our flabby state

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

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While Colorado for years was considered one of the "fittest" states, that's no longer true.

According to El Paso County Public Health, one in four kids ages 2 to 14 is overweight or obese, according to 2010 data.

Here in El Paso County, 58 percent of adults are. This is not good. Fat brings health problems, notably diabetes. Also, how many knee replacements have been done because the frame just couldn't support the body?

Anyway, El Paso County Public Health is helping bring a screening of HBO's four-part series, The Weight of the Nation, to Colorado Springs on April 27 as part of Kaiser Permanente's Thrive Health Expo.

Here's more about it:

The Expo is open to the public and will feature advice on healthy living, interactive activities, and the chance to win prizes. Following the screening of HBO’s fourth film of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION series, “Challenges,” there will be a forum for the public to “Weigh-In” on the Weight of El Paso County during a town hall-style discussion with local experts.

This event is made possible with the support and participation of El Paso County Public Health, LiveWell Colorado Springs, and The Healthy Community Collaborative.

The goal of this event is to create continuing dialogue about improving the health of the community. Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Initiatives for Healthy Eating Active Living support more than 40 obesity prevention collaboratives, which aim to increase access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity in schools, neighborhoods and workplaces.

Kaiser Permanente has partnered with HBO, the Institute of Medicine, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION campaign.

The documentary series debuts on May 14, exclusively on HBO, and is comprised of four documentary films, a three-part HBO Family series, fourteen bonus shorts, a social media campaign, a book published by St. Martin’s Press and a nationwide community-based outreach campaign. Further information on the series can be found at http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com.

For more information on Kaiser Permanente’s work in the community, visit www.kp.org/communitybenefit.


The expo begins at 5 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., followed by a welcome and introduction to the Healthy Community Collaborative at 6 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., the movie will be shown, followed at 7:35 p.m. by a town hall discussion.

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