members at Providence
Kodiak Island Medical
Center are waging a war
on obesity this summer. But you won't find them wielding the typical combat
weaponry. Instead, Providence
will use community workshops and reality TV to fight the nationwide epidemic
that is no stranger to Kodiak.
-- (WOTN 1 : 33 "For
the first time in history our...it's really an excellent documentary.")
Heather Preece, a local pediatric dietician, talking about the HBO documentary
series, "Weight of the Nation."
-- (WOTN 2 : 28 "The
HBO documentary series was...we should do this here in Kodiak.")
Preece said three episodes will
be shown throughout July. Each episode runs about an hour long, and the film
will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local health experts. Preece
said this will be a time for people to ask questions about the film, their own
personal health, resources in the community and even sign up for free phone
Chambers is a registered dietician helping put on the events and said the films
will be complimented by a series of workshops beginning in late July.
-- (WOTN 3 : 44 "We're
going to be offering three...engaging in more physical activity.")
Chambers encourages all
community members to attend the films and workshops, whether they are
struggling with their weight or not.
Both women said they hope to six
week series will provide important tools and information for families, but also
rally a community of troops to start making changes in school and work
environments. The first film showing will take place at 7 p.m. tonight
(Tuesday) in the Choral Pod of the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.