Local nonprofit, Mayors, and community leaders will join Kaiser Permanente in local efforts to address obesity crisis
CAMAS, Wash., (August 21, 2012) - The number of overweight and obese Americans continues to increase. Today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64.5 percent of adult Americans (about 127 million) are categorized as being overweight or obese. In an effort to address this growing crisis locally, Camas and Washougal On A Diet, a 12-month weight-loss challenge, will host their second area screening of The Weight of the Nation Friday, September 14th as a “Movie In The Park” at Crown Park in Camas from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Kaiser Permanente doctors and registered nurses will host a “Know Your Numbers” clinic prior to the film, offering community members information regarding their Body Mass Index, risks for diabetes, and blood pressure levels.
“Health and wellness are the building blocks for strong, productive, and vibrant communities,”
Camas and Washougal community members are invited to view Consequences, the first segment of the series, and participate in a discussion with local health and obesity experts. After the discussion, guests will receive information on how to engage community members and provide effective resources regarding obesity and healthy living.
Camas and Washougal On A Diet participants, along with community leaders, hosted their first screening of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION series in July. This film, entitled Choices, explored options various individuals have found to be successful in addressing their own obesity. The film also explored the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese and exposed details as to why our country is facing this epidemic. After the film, Camas and Washougal On A Diet conducted a post-show discussion and developed a Community Health Action Plan. As part of this plan for addressing obesity locally, the “Know Your Numbers” and second documentary viewing were organized and developed.
“The individuals participating in the challenge and our other efforts to address obesity are taking action to become more accountable for themselves and their community”, said Washougal Mayor Sean Guard. “Obesity has become a serious threat to the health of our nation, and it is important that we facilitate community action now to help reduce the obesity rates and improve the health of our community members.”
Three years in the making, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION examines the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and the health care system. The film features case studies and interviews with leading experts, individuals and families struggling with obesity. The series also highlights how individuals, worksites, and communities are making positive changes.
The Camas and Washougal On A Diet team is responsible for the Camas area screenings of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, a presentation of HBO and 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.
Inspired by the results of Oklahoma City On A Diet (http://www.thiscityisgoingonadiet.com), Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative (http://www.letsmove.gov), and The Biggest Loser® television program, this group of community leaders are challenging their two cities to compete with each other to get healthy and to create awareness about obesity and healthy living. Participants can compete as individuals, groups and even corporations to see who can lose the most weight. Anyone can use the online database at http://www.camasandwashougalonadiet.com. The program features daily exercise events combined with community activities to pull people together to support one another at getting healthy. Activities include daily walks on the Washougal Dike, Senior hikes at Camas Round Lake, evening bike rides, 5K events, a tug-o-war between the Mayors, a children’s fitness camp and various other events. The program is scheduled to run for 12 months, is managed by Fat 2 Fit NW http://www.fat2fitnw.com and championed by Mayors Sean Guard of Washougal and Scott Higgins of Camas.