Concord, NH – The HNH Foundation recently announced a new year-long initiative designed to focus public attention on the obesity epidemic. Plans call for communities throughout the state to host public screenings of the "Challenges" segment of HBO's award-winning Weight of the Nation documentary series, which powerfully drives home how public policies and our built environment have contributed to escalating obesity rates. Over 33% of New Hampshire's 3rd graders are overweight or obese, and nearly 62% of adults are overweight or obese.

According to HNH Foundation President Sandi Van Scoyoc, engaging communities across New Hampshire in conversations about obesity, based on the Weight of the Nation film, fits the Foundation's current funding focus: "In preventing childhood obesity, we focus our funding on policy and built environment changes which contribute to individual health changes. We don't expect people to change their behavior when policies and the environments they live in support poor eating habits and inactivity."

The HNH Foundation is working with the Community Health Institute (CHI) of Concord to assist communities in planning, publicizing and hosting these public screenings throughout 2013. According to CHI, the initial group of "collaborating partners" includes HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) communities in Laconia, Franklin, the Lakes Region, Ashland, Nashua, and Manchester. These local organizations will invite the public to view and discuss Weight of the Nation, not only raising public understanding about the obesity crisis, but increasing local awareness about related activities in their own communities.

The HNH Foundation's Weight of the Nation initiative calls for additional screenings throughout the state: any local organization that is interested in hosting a screening is encouraged to contact CHI at 603-573-3306.

The HNH Foundation is New Hampshire's leading funder dedicated to increasing health and dental insurance coverage for children, promoting children's oral health and preventing childhood obesity. For more information about the work of the HNH Foundation, please visit www.hnhfoundation.org or call 603-229-3260.

Contact: Sandi Van Scoyoc, HNH Foundation President
603-229-3260, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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