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

Director, The Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta, GA

Prior 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…

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Loel Solomon, PhD, MPP

Vice President, Community Health

Kaiser Permanente

Oakland, CA

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…

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Maya Rockeymoore, PhD


Leadership for Healthy Communities

Washington, DC

  • President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions,

Currently 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…

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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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