Web Forum

Taking on the Weight of the Nation
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific

We invite you to attend a special Dialogue4Health Web Forum on May 1, Weight of the Nation Day, in advance of the May 14-15 nationwide release of HBO's The Weight of the Nation film series, and corresponding public health campaign.

Join us, and civic leaders from across the nation, to learn about the compelling The Weight of the Nation films and campaign assets, and how these can be employed by you, your organization and affiliations, and community partnerships to create healthier built, food, beverage, social and community environments.

The Web Forum will address the key themes of The Weight of the Nation, and how you can grow the distributed movement for a healthier nation by mobilizing individuals, organizations, and place-based partnerships - everywhere -- to host screenings events and actions that can:

  • Start new conversations in homes, neighborhoods, worksites, clinical settings, faith settings, and schools.
  • Deepen existing conversations and actions - especially within the existing movement of place-based partnerships and collaboratives.
  • Build widespread constituency for targeted actions and environmental changes that support healthy living where we live, learn, work, play, worship, and vote.

HBO 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, launched THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION as a campaign to raise public awareness of the seriousness of the obesity epidemic. Over the course of three years, HBO worked with IOM and other researchers on the science and economics of obesity, talked to the country's leading experts on this issue, and traveled nationwide to meet hundreds of Americans who are struggling with obesity, and examined the strategies that are being employed to create a healthier nation.

The journey to a healthier nation begins with each of us. Join us on May 1 to begin the journey.






    William Dietz, MD, PhD
    The Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA

    William Dietz, MD, PhDPrior to his appointment to the CDC, Dietz was a Professor of Pediatrics at the Tuft′s University School of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals.

    Dr. Dietz is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a recipient of the Holroyd-Sherry award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his contributions to the field of children and the media, and the recipient of the 2006 Nutrition Research award from the AAP for outstanding research in pediatric nutrition. (www.cdc.gov/media/subtopic/sme/dietz.htm)

    Loel Solomon, PhD, MPP
    Vice President
    Community Health
    Kaiser Permanente
    Oakland, CA

    Loel Solomon, PhD, MPP Loel Solomon joined Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Program in 2003 and works with other health plan and medical group leaders to establish the strategic direction for Kaiser Permanente’s multi-faceted approach to community health. He supports community health efforts being implemented throughout Kaiser Permanente’s eight geographic regions and leads development of national partnerships to advance those ends. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Healthy Eating/Active Living Convergence Partnership, and leads the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit program’s overall evaluation effort. (www.kp.org/communityhealth)

    Maya Rockeymoore, PhD
    Leadership for Healthy Communities
    President and CEO
    Global Policy Solutions
    Washington, DC

    Maya Rockeymoore, PhDCurrently the President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, Dr. Rockeymoore is a former Adjunct Professor in the Women in Politics Institute at American University. She has also served as the Vice President of Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), Senior Resident Scholar at the National Urban League, Chief Of Staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), Professional Staff on the House Ways and Means Committee, and as a CBCF Legislative Fellow in the office of Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC) among other positions. (www.leadershipforhealthycommunities.org and www.globalpolicysolutions.org)


    Tyler Norris, MDiv
    Senior Advisor
    Total Health
    Kaiser Permanente
    Advancing the Movement
    Community Commons

    Tyler Norris, MDivTyler is a social entrepreneur and trusted advisor to philanthropies, health systems, governments, NGO's and collaborative partnerships working to improve the health of people and places. He brings three decades of experience in service to the public, private, non-profit and civic sectors - including work with over 350 communities and organizations in the United States and internationally. (www.communitycommons.org and http://tylernorris.com)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Dietz/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Solomon/Kaiser Permanente


Norris/Kaiser Permanente



The following websites provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.


Why Obesity Is Important to the Latino Community
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Por Qué Es Importante la Obesidad para la Comunidad Latina
Martes, 16 de abril, 2013

Let’s Get Healthy with HBO’s ‘The Weight of the Nation
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Acting on the Weight of the Nation
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Taking on the Weight of the Nation
Tuesday, May 1, 2012


The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

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Public Health Institute

Kaiser Permanente