Nashville's efforts to combat obesity will be featured in an upcoming HBO documentary highlighting nationwide efforts to battle our collective bulge.
From the press release:
Three years in the making, the series spotlights the causes of America's obesity epidemic — showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system, and shedding light on solutions to restore our individual and collective health.
The efforts of Mayor Dean to address the obesity epidemic in Nashville, including his highly-successful "Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor" campaign, are featured in Part 4 of the film series. In addition, Nashville was the only city to be the subject of one of the 12 bonus short films produced for the series.
Bringing together the nation's leading research institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO Documentary Films and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The film series comprises four documentary films that will premiere on HBO on May 14 and 15, a three part "The Weight Of The Nation For Kids series" including one airing May 16, 12 bonus shorts, a social media campaign, a book published by St. Martin's Press and a nationwide community based outreach campaign to support the initiative.
TCAP will host a Nashville premiere for a screening of the Nashville portion of the series, as well as a Music City-centric short film titled “Nashville Takes Action: A City Battles Obesity," on April 16. Attendees will also get a chance to speak with the Nashvillians depicted in the documentary after the screening.
The documentary arrives on the heels of a 2012 Gallup-Healthways poll that reveals Tennessee's well-being index remains in the bottom 10 in the nation. According to the most recent data from the Center for Disease Control, the vast majority of Tennessee counties (Davidson included) maxed out on an age adjusted scale for percentage of obese adults.