The Department of Public Health held a film screening of the HBO documentary, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION on October 7. The program offered an in-depth look at obesity followed by a lively discussion about how we can work to reduce obesity rates on our campus and in our community. With 68 percent of U.S. adults and 31.7 percent of the nation’s children and adolescents (age 2-19) overweight or obese, there is no better time than now to start taking steps to reverse these trends and help improve the quality of life for everyone on our campus and in our community.
This was an excellent opportunity for members of the WKU community to join efforts to combat obesity and work toward improving the health and nutrition of the community. An expert panel of WKU personnel discussed how the university is addressing this health issue, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and recommendations on how local businesses and other organizations can improve the community to empower individuals and families to make healthier choices. Dr. Gretchen Macy organized the event.
The following WKU faculty and employees answered questions during the event;
Dr. Cecilia Watkins, Public Health
Dr. Ray Rowland, Health Services Physician
Dr. Karen Mason, Consumer and Family Sciences
Dr. Jennifer Tougas, Transportation
Mr. Wade Pinkard, Employee Wellness
Mr. Steve Hoyng, WKU Dining Services
Mrs. Kathryn Steward, Health Services
Mrs. Alissa Arnold, Well U
Mr. Dennis Chaney, Moderator, Director of Barren River District Health Dept. and WKU Adjunct Faculty