The Governor’s Council on Fitness and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment invite the public to view one part of the four-part documentary series “The Weight of the Nation” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ramada Inn in Topeka, 420 SE Sixth St.
The screening will be “Episode 4: Challenges,” which examines the influence of obesity and opportunities for obesity prevention. It looks at the American food culture, agriculture, economics, biology, food industry, food systems, racial and socioeconomic disparities and physical activity.
Dr. William Dietz, former director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will give opening remarks. He is a featured speaker in the documentary series.
“This is a free community event, and we invite anyone with an interest in health to attend/ It will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the development of the obesity epidemic and its impact on individuals and communities.”
— Dr. Robert Moser, KDHE secretary and state health officer
According to a 2011 survey, 29.6 percent of Kansas adults are obese.
Doors for the “Weight of the Nation” screening will open at 6:30 p.m., and remarks will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
Public inquiries about this event and requests for special accommodations can be made by calling 785-296-8916.