If you have turned on a television, a radio, or read a newspaper in the past year you have heard the statistic that more than one-third of American adults are obese. What is even more frightening is that about 17% of children between the ages of 2-19 are obese. So what can we do?

On September 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM The Weight of the Nation, an HBO documentary focusing on the rising obesity problem in America, will be shown in the IMAX dome at the Science Museum of Virginia as a part of National Childhood Obesity Awareness month. The screening will focus on the “Children in Crisis” episode from The Weight of the Nation series. This event is being sponsored by Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth in partnership with the Greater Richmond Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition and the Science Museum of Virginia. There will be a beginning reception at 5:15 PM followed by an introductory program and the film starting at 6:00 PM.

This screening will focus on the children of our country and what we can do to promote living a healthy lifestyle to them. This particular episode talks about school lunch, marketing to children, and the need for increased physical activity. If you are interested in attending the screening please RSVP to Lee Taylor-Penn at lee@grfit4kids.org. Seating is limited to the first 250 attendees.