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Community Health Faculty participates in HBO Weight of the Nation Panel

 For Immediate Release
Date: May 14, 2012
Contact: Ashley Wiggin, aaw4@uw.edu, 206-221-2456

Doris Boutain, Associate Professor in the Psychosocial and Community Health Department, was one of five panelists at a documentary screening of the HBO program, Weight of the Nation on Wednesday, May 9th. Boutain joined King County Executive Dow Constantine, Paula Lozano, of the Group Health Department of Preventative Care, David Reed Flum of the UW Surgical Outcomes Research Center and Ben Danielson of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

Boutain- weight of the nation smallBoutain- weight of the nation smallThe panelists had the opportunity to weigh in on the obesity crisis and the impact it is having on our nation’s health. Boutain was asked to participate because of the groundbreaking work she continues to do with Moving Together in Faith and Health – a reflection on the type of work coming out of the school of nursing as a whole. This project, which involved groundbreaking work with six Seattle church congregations, has resulted in healthier church environments.  Through this grant, all of the churches incorporated their own policies which increase fresh fruits, vegetables, water and physical activity at church events involving children and youth.

 “While this epidemic is alarming, it is equally important for us to take a proactive role in health and prevention,” Boutain said. “Policies in both institutions and government have a vital role in reversing the trend. I was honored to be invited to lend that voice to the discussion.”

The Weight of the Nation, an HBO four-part documentary, captures the multitude of issues relating to the obesity crisis, from the health effects of carrying too much weight to the policies of what drives food supplies. The series will air next week on HBO, starting on Monday May 14. Learn more about the program here.

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