On Monday, April 16, LiveWell Colorado is proud to partner with Kaiser Permanente and others to help host the Denver premiere of HBO’s documentary, The Weight of the Nation, a new four-part video documentary series. To highlight the documentary’s local premier, please join us at the DU Cable Center for an interactive health expo, the film premiere and a lively town hall-style dialogue, which will shine a spotlight on the growing obesity crisis in our nation.

The film “Challenges” features case studies, facts, expert opinions and situations that examine the forces propelling obesity – including the impact of socioeconomic challenges, workplace wellness initiatives and the agricultural industry.

The April 16 event – hosted by Kaiser Permanente, the Colorado Health FoundationLiveWell Colorado and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – was designed not only to promote the information examined in the documentary, but to also spur debate and discussion about the future of the obesity epidemic in Colorado. Following the film, we are encouraging Coloradans to join us for an interactive, fast-paced town hall discussion to explore how the documentary’s themes apply to and affect our state.

The town hall, “Weigh In on the Weight of Colorado,” will feature four experts who will provide commentary and answer questions about the reality of local healthy eating and active living. The town hall discussion is slated to begin at approximately 7:45pm following the film screening, and it will be broadcast viahttp://new.livestream.com/cdphepsd/weightofco/ to engage audiences around the state. Participants can follow along or post a question at the Live Stream site or on Twitter using the hashtag #WeightofCO.

Meanwhile, the expo, which will be open from 5:30pm – 8:00pm at The Cable Center on the DU campus, will feature tips on healthy living, interactive activities, healthy food and prizes. The film and town hall discussion will be simulcast onto monitors in the Daniels Great Hall within the Cable Center, in addition to the online streaming.

Whether you attend in person in Denver on April 16 or join us remotely via the Internet, this is a great opportunity to be a part of this important discussion on obesity in Colorado and around the country.