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

Dr. 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…

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Kerri Peterson, MHP

Executive Director

Live Well Omaha

Omaha, NE

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…

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Stacy Wegley MS, ACSM

Director, Health Promotion and Education

Hamilton County Public Health

Cincinnati, OH

Stacy 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…

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Amy Whited

Senior Media Relations Strategist

Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Denver, CO

Amy 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…

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Martin Kearns


Netcentric Campaigns

Washington, DC

Marty 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, a global network of activists…

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Monte Roulier

Co-Founder and President

Community Initiatives

Columbia, MO

Monte 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…

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Tyler Norris, MDiv

Vice President, Total Health Partnerships

Kaiser Permanente

Oakland, CA

Tyler Norris, MDiv, is an entrepreneur and founder of over a dozen businesses and social ventures.  His three decades of service in the public, private and non-profit sectors have focused on population health, community vitality, and equitable prosperity.  Currently, he serves as Vice President, Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente,…

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Matthew Marsom

Vice President, Public Policy and Programs

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

As Vice President for Public Policy and Programs for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organization’s domestic and global health programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting…

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