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Judson University to Host Screening of The Weight of the Nation

HBO’s Multi-Part, Multi-Platform Series Addressing the National Obesity Epidemic

(Elgin, IL March 18, 2013) In the United States, 68 percent of adults age 20 and older are overweight or obese, while 31.7% of the nation’s children and adolescents ages two to 19 are overweight or obese. Obesity contributes to five of the 10 leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, many cancers and stroke.

As part of its effort to help combat the obesity epidemic in our community, Judson University is hosting a screening of Part 4, Challenges, at 7 p.m., Monday, March 18 at the Judson University Thompson Performing Arts Center (1151 N. State St., Elgin). Three years in the making, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION examines the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and the health care system. The film features case studies and interviews with leading experts, individuals and families struggling with obesity. This series highlights how individuals, worksites, and communities are making positive changes.

A discussion and Q&A session, facilitated by ESS students, will follow the screening, and attendees will be given tips and materials for managing a healthy lifestyle and for making positive changes in our community.

“The Weight of the Nation is an excellent way for our students to get involved with the community to strategize healthy alternatives” said Dr. Friesen, Provost of Judson University. “Obesity has become a serious threat to the health of our nation, and it is important that we facilitate community action to help reduce obesity rates and improve the health of our Judson community members as well as our Fox Valley neighbors.”

Presented by Activate Elgin, March into Health features 18 different activities that residents can participate in during the month of March. These activities will be offered at sites throughout Elgin. Anyone that participates in three or more of the activities will qualify for a drawing featuring many great prizes with the grand prize being a Xbox Direct Connect.

Activate Elgin is an initiative to engage all sectors of the community to work in harmony providing all residents with opportunities to improve their health, wellbeing, and overall quality of life. Partners include Kane County Health Department, Northern Illinois University, Judson University, Gail Borden Public Library, School District U-46, Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Sherman Hospital, South Elgin Parks and Recreation, Elgin Parks and Recreation, Taylor Family YMCA, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Elgin Community College, Well Child Center and Feeding Greater Elgin.

THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

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