Kaiser Permanente is committed to making positive, meaningful change in the health of our communities. Yet we know that we can’t tackle the epidemic of obesity alone. Meaningful change requires the thoughtful and informed actions of individuals, community organizations, businesses and government working in collaboration to advance the movement for healthier, sustainable, more livable communities.
The journey to a healthier nation begins
with each of us
The Weight of the Nation campaign has been designed with community action in mind. Using the highest caliber of media — powerful documentary films, peer-reviewed research, successful community engagement methods, and sophisticated online social media and marketing strategies — the project seeks to accelerate progress on obesity prevention through the distributed action of inspired individuals and advocacy groups all across the country. The Weight of the Nation creates opportunities for community engagement, collaboration, and partnership through screening events and activities that can catalyze action by:
- Building widespread public support for targeted actions and environmental changes that support healthy living where we live, learn, work, pray, play, and vote.
- Deepening existing conversations and actions within the widespread movement of place-based partnerships and collaboratives.
- Starting new conversations in homes, neighborhoods, worksites, clinical settings, faith settings, and schools.
Advancing the movement
We understand that many of you may already be working for change in your locale, through the partnerships and organizations in which you participate. As part of our commitment to community action, Kaiser Permanente has created a “Community Activation Kit” to assist you and your partners in efforts to build healthier communities. The following resources are designed to support your organization’s unique positioning and the topics that speak most to your mission and vision.
Obesity is a complex issue and the nature of its causes demand comprehensive solutions. The Kit provides easy-to-use tools to help frame the subject and stimulate conversations that can lead to social change. The Kit also provides links to a wealth of online tools that can support you in your efforts.
"Making the Case" for stakeholder groups
- Community Health Partnerships
- Faith-Based Organizations
- Philanthropic Organizations
- Health Care Providers
- Food in Schools
- Physical Activity in Schools
- Food Marketing to Children
- Walking and Active Community Environments
- Food in Communities
- Workplace Wellness
Request a Free Screening Kit
Includes DVDs of the full HBO documentary series, Weight of the Nation.
Connect with Others
To see who else is active in YOUR COMMUNITY, access an array of web based mobilization tools, engage in deeper dialogue with others who are part of the healthy, sustainable, livable communities’ movement, we invite you to visit the Community Commons. The Commons is, an interactive platform offering the nation’s largest social determinants of health data engine, free GIS mapping capability, networking, and knowledge-building resources that can prove invaluable to your organizational and community activity.
Visit HBO’s The Weight of the Nation™ website to find additional resources for understanding obesity, access the documentary films, and take action to host or sponsor a Weight of the Nation Screening.