The Weight of the Nation™, a national public health campaign focused on the obesity epidemic in the United States, premiered in May 2012 with the airing of a film series produced by HBO Documentary Films.
As part of continued efforts to promote a national conversation about obesity, HBO has released a new three-part film series The Weight of the Nation for Kids. Each film spotlights middle school and high-school-aged youth who are taking the initiative to change the food and physical activity environments in their community as a way to address obesity.
Once again, Kaiser Permanente and Community Initiatives have partnered to create The Weight of the Nation for Kids Screening to Action: Quickstart Guide as a companion to these films. This new guide is focused on childhood obesity, its causes and how to address them within school-based settings, youth serving organizations or the broader community.
Take a short “tour” of this new resource and then download a copy to begin this important work in your own community.
Features of the Quickstart Guide
Pre Event Planning: Whether you are hosting a small gathering or a large community event, each experience will benefit from careful planning. The guide walks you through all of the steps and connects you to resources that will lead to individual, organizational and collective action.
Goal Setting: As part of the pre-planning process, setting clear goals will help you create a satisfying experience for participants and increase the likelihood that the event will lead to collective action. The Screening to Action: Quickstart Guide includes leading questions and a set of examples to spark ideas and encourage big thinking. After reading through this section, you should be able to easily answer the question:
Facilitator Materials: The facilitator plays an important role in the success of a Screening to Action event. The tips and resources offered in the guide will help the facilitator prepare ahead, anticipate challenges and foster great dialogue.
Complete Agenda: The Screening to Action: Quickstart Guide has a ready-made agenda to assist you when you host your event. Organized in a “Watch, Talk, Moving to Action” format, this agenda provides structure but allows flexibility for any group situation.
Screening to Action Handout: A one-page printable resource that helps participants take notes, jot down ideas and keep track of next steps.
Moving to Action Resources: Collective action takes place when your event is over and community members begin to move forward. The Screening to Action: Quickstart Guide assists by connecting you to resources to help frame and support your actions.
Download The Weight of the Nation for Kids Screening to Action: Quickstart Guide now to assist your community in reversing America’s obesity epidemic and creating a healthier tomorrow for everyone.