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MetroWest Health to screen HBO's "The Weight of the Nation" at Framingham State

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 23, 2012 05:16 PM

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The MetroWest Health Foundation will present a community screening of "The Weight of the Nation," an HBO documentary series addressing the national obesity epidemic.

The screening will take place this Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Framingham State University's Dwight Performing Arts Center, located at 100 State St. in Framingham, according to event organizers.

Three years in the making, "The Weight of the Nation" is a four-part documentary series, featuring case studies and interviews with leading experts and with individuals and families struggling with obesity.

The series spotlights the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system - and what individuals and communities can do.

Following the screening, the foundation will host a panel discussion moderated by Janet Schwartz, chair of Framingham State University’s Consumer Sciences Department, featuring local experts:

  • Tom Land, director of the Office of Statistics and Evaluation, Bureau of Community Health and Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  • Karen McGrail, director of the John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition.
  • Lauren A. Marciszyn, director of the Hockomock Area YMCA.
  • Tammy Vehige Calise, senior research scientist of JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

The event on Wednesday also coincides with "Food Day," a national movement to improve the food system, according to screening organizers.

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