For Immediate Release
August 31, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

"Weight of the Nation" Screening Scheduled for Sept. 5 in Topeka

Public Encouraged to Attend

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Governor’s Council on Fitness (GCOF) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) invite the public to view one part of the four-part series “The Weight of the Nation” on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, Regency Ballroom, 420 SE 6th St., in Topeka.

“Weight of the Nation” is a documentary presented by HBO and the Institute of Medicine. “Episode 4: Challenges” examines the influence of obesity and opportunities for obesity prevention. It looks at the American food culture, agriculture, economics, biology, food industry, food systems, racial and socioeconomic disparities and physical activity.

Opening remarks will be provided by William H. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., former Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Dietz is a featured speaker in all four parts of the documentary series.

“This is a free community event and we invite anyone with an interest in health to attend,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “It will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the development of the obesity epidemic and its impact on individuals and communities. Based on 2011 survey data measuring body mass index, 29.6 percent of Kansas adults ages 18 years and older are obese. By reducing the rate of obesity we reduce the risk for chronic diseases like diabetes.”

Doors for the “Weight of the Nation” screening will open at 6:30 p.m. and remarks will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
The mission of the Governor's Council on Fitness is to encourage increased physical activity, healthy diets and tobacco use prevention by sharing information with Kansans and partnering with businesses, schools and individuals to promote healthy lifestyles. Secretary Moser serves on the Council and KDHE’s Bureau of Health Promotion provides staff time to coordinate activities of the Council. For more information on the Governor’s Council on Fitness visit www.kansasfitness.org.

Public inquiries about this event and requests for special accommodations can be made by calling 785-296-8916.