Web Forum

Acting on the Weight of the Nation
Thursday, June 28, 2012 | 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Pacific

Join us and civic leaders from across the nation to discuss strategies to convert the power of the Weight of the Nation™ films and campaign assets into tangible action for healthier built, food, beverage, social and community environments. We will address the very practical matters of engaging your community, hosting screenings, leading community dialogues, and activating social media to catalyze action on the ground.

The Web Forum will highlight the key themes of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report, Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention, and provide methods you can use to help grow the movement for a healthier nation by mobilizing individuals, organizations, companies and place-based partnerships everywhere. The Web Forum will prepare you 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 - particularly within the movement of place-based partnerships and collaboratives.
  • Build a widespread constituency for targeted actions and environmental changes that support healthy living where we live, learn, work, play, worship, and vote.

HBO and IOM, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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 June 28 to advance the journey.

Weight of the Nation™ is a licensed trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Use of this trademark is not an endorsement by HHS or CDC of a particular company or organization.






    Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH
    Associate Dean
    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Professor of Epidemiology
    Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA

    Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPHDr. Shiriki Kumanyika has an interdisciplinary background and holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. Dr. Kumanyika has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several randomized multi-center and single-center clinical trials related to diet, obesity, weight control, and cardiovascular disease risk, with a particular focus on African Americans. Her research has included a focus on development and evaluation of culturally appropriate interventions and, more recently, on the influences of food and beverage marketing practices on African Americans' food purchases. Dr. Kumanyika founded the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network. She has served on numerous advisory or expert panels related to nutrition and chronic disease research and policy, both nationally and internationally, and currently chairs the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. (www.cceb.upenn.edu/faculty/?id=175) and (www.aacorn.org)

    Kerri Peterson, MHP
    Executive Director
    Live Well Omaha
    Omaha, NE

    Kerri Peterson, MHP As the Director of Live Well Omaha, Kerri is responsible for directing the efforts of several task groups around identified health areas in the community. Kerri was fortunate to participate in the 2001 Health Forum's Creating a Healthier Communities Fellowship. She also received her certification in health ministries and has a Masters in Health Promotion. (www.livewellomahakids.org)

    Stacy Wegley MS, ACSM
    Health Promotion and Education
    Hamilton County Public Health
    Cincinnati, OH

    Stacy Wegley MS, ACSMStacy Wegley is the Director of Health Promotion and Education for Hamilton County Public Health. The focus of Ms. Wegley’s work is the prevention of chronic disease, childhood obesity, and injury through evidence based programming and policy and environmental change strategies. Ms. Wegley served as local project director for the national Active for Life® initiative in Hamilton County, OH, and is principal investigator for the CDC Strategic Alliance for Health, Healthy Kids Healthy Communities and Communities Putting Prevention to Work projects. Ms. Wegley has a MS in exercise science and health studies and a BS in nutrition. (www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org/en/about/departments_and_divisions/community_

    Amy Whited
    Senior Media Relations Strategist
    Kaiser Permanente Colorado
    Denver, CO

    Amy WhitedAmy Whited joined Kaiser Permanente Colorado's Communication's team in January 2010 as Senior Media Relations Strategist. Before moving to Denver,  she spent 10 years at CBS News in New York. Most recently as Senior Producer and Manager of Broadcast Marketing, Amy worked directly with Katie Couric on promotion for the CBS Evening News and traveled extensively with the broadcast during the 2008 political season. Previously, Amy worked in local news as a producer as News 12 New Jersey. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter/pressreleases/co/index.html)

    Martin Kearns
    Netcentric Campaigns
    Washington, DC

    Martin KearnsMarty Kearns is an innovator in the field of campaigns and advocacy. He is an activist. He has pioneered integration of network-centric principals to organizing and social change work. He has worked with others to found Green Media Toolshed, the Georgia River Network and MobileActive.org, a global network of activists who use cell phones for civic action. Projects have included saving Scorecard.org, building ChesapeakeNetwork.org, launching PreventObesity.net and working among the largest foundations and most marginalized leaders in the world. Kearns has a Bachelors of the Arts from LeMoyne and a Masters in Environmental Science from Yale. (www.network-centricadvocacy.net )

    Monte Roulier
    Co-Founder and President
    Community Initiatives
    Columbia, MO

    Monte RoulierMonte Roulier is Co-Founder and President of Community Initiatives (CI), an organizations dedicated to building healthy and whole communities.  As a consultant, coach, and facilitator he has helped hundreds of communities, a wide range of organizations and multi-sector collaborations to develop change strategies resulting in improved health and well-being.  Monte and the CI team are advisors and coaches for several leading national initiatives, including the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) and Community Transformation Grants (CTG), as well as ACHIEVE and YMCA’s Pioneering Healthier Communities Initiative. Monte leads the curation team for www.communitycommons.org and serves on the board of the Institute for People Place & Possibility (IP3). (www.communityinitiatives.com)


    Tyler Norris, MDiv
    Vice President
    Total Health Partnerships
    Kaiser Permanente
    Advancing the Movement and
    The Community Commons
    Oakland, CA

    Tyler Norris, MDivTyler is a long-time 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. Tyler is the Board Chair of IP3 (powering the nation’s leading determinants of health data & learning systems), and after 9 years of working with KP as a contractor, recently joined Kaiser Permanente’s leadership team full time. (www.kp.org/thrive) and (www.communitycommons.org)


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

Kumanyika/IOM Committee Member

Peterson/Live Well Omaha

Whited/Kaiser Permanente

Roulier/Community Commons


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


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



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