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Press Releases: Colorado

October 24, 2012

Kaiser Permanente Hosts Healthy Families Expo, Town Hall Discussion and Screening of HBO’s The Weight of the Nation Series in Greeley

Public screening promotes education and conversation on obesity epidemic

The Weight of the Nation

GREELEY, Colo. — Kaiser Permanente Colorado, in partnership with Banner Health, hosted a screening of the HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation in Greeley on Tuesday, October 23 as the nonprofit health plan continues its campaign to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. Close to 100 people attended the free Healthy Families Expo, screening and town hall discussion on the Weight of Weld County. Led by local health experts, the discussion focused on Colorado’s rapidly increasing childhood obesity rate and developing healthy living habits at home and school.


The Weight of the Nation is a four-part documentary series, each episode featuring case studies and interviews with the nation’s leading experts and with individuals struggling with obesity. It was produced with 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. Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Initiatives for Healthy Eating/Active Living support more than 40 obesity prevention collaboratives, which aspire to increase access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity in schools, neighborhoods and workplaces. The Greeley premiere was the fourth showing of The Weight of the Nation in Colorado and plans are underway to bring the documentary to Loveland in January 2013.

The October 23 community health event was made possible through local support and participation from North Colorado Medical Center, Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, Weld School District 6 and the High Plains Library District. Prior to the screening 15 community organizations participated in a Healthy Families Expo where attendees received information on healthy living activities and nutritional food choices. Staff from Weld School District 6, which has received national recognition for offering students healthy food options, provided light refreshments. Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Programs also presented the “It’s Your Health” Game Show during the Expo, which is an interactive game featuring fun and energetic physical challenges that was developed in Colorado.

Immediately following the documentary, local health experts led a discussion that focused creating an environment that empowers Weld County children and families to maintain a healthy diet and to exercise. These experts included Laurel Nichols, third-grade teacher at Billie Martinez Elementary School in Greeley and coach of Girls on the Run; Mark Wallace, MD, executive director of the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment; Brian Stromer, PA, physician’s assistant in pediatrics at Monfort Children’s Clinic in Greeley; and Jeremy West, nutrition services director with Weld School District 6. The town hall discussion encouraged community members to come together to explore ways they can help address the country’s, and Colorado’s, emerging health crisis.

“The Greeley Weight of the Nation screening event inspired attendees to create healthier lifestyles and to demand something better for our families and our communities,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government and external relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “Colorado’s childhood obesity rate is now 23rd in the country, which is the second-fastest rate of increase among all states. Right here in Weld County, close to 30 percent of children are overweight or obese. I encourage Coloradans to keep the momentum going in order to reverse the obesity epidemic and to improve the total health of our youngest generations.”

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

About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for more than 40 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 535,000 members through 26 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates for the fifth straight year. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top-ranked commercial health plan in Colorado, No. 6 in the nation and the second ranked Medicare plan in the U.S. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2011, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $90 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/newscenter or follow us on twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.