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Strategies and tools to support healthy choices in your community

The Weight of the Nation is designed to raise public awareness of the seriousness of the obesity epidemic in the United States. It also exposes the audience to the multitude of contributing factors including genetics and biology, the environments we live and work in, and the business of food and farming in America. It is intended to be a call to action for examining and discussing the impact obesity has on individuals, families, communities and the nation and solutions to solve the epidemic.

A Toolkit for Organizing a Weight of the Nation Screening

The Oregon Public Health Division developed this toolkit for local public health departments and community partners as a guide for hosting screenings of The Weight of the Nation documentary series. The intent is that organizations and their partners across the state can utilize the kit to start conversations and mobilize action within their community to slow, arrest and eventually reverse the prevalence of obesity and help Oregonians achieve a healthy weight.

The toolkit focuses on selected segments from The Weight of the Nation documentary series. It includes an Introduction and three screening guides; each guide provides key data facts and resources, core messages, definitions and policy, systems and environmental resources, and discussion questions.

Get the Introduction

link to pdf Introduction to The Weight of the Nation

Introduction to The Weight of the Nation (pdf)
  • Includes a checklist to help you plan a successful screening.
  • Provides list of key references, data sources and online training opportunities.

Get the Screening Guides and Links to the HBO Clips

link to pdf






Is Weight Something We Inherit?
Stigma: The Human Cost of Obesity (pdf)

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Creating Healthy Food and Physical Activity Environments (pdf)

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Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Risks of Excess Weight (pdf)

HBO clips:

Is Weight Something We Inherit?

  • Addresses the interplay between genetics, biology and our current environment.

Stigma: The Human Cost of Obesity

  • Exposes the prejudice, stereo-typing and weight bias experienced by obese individuals.

HBO clip:

Poverty and Obesity

  • Addresses the interrelationships between obesity, income and health disparities.

HBO clip:

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

  • Addresses the concept that a life course perspective on combating obesity may be the best way to end the epidemic for the next generation

NOTE: You may also purchase the complete HBO Screening Kit which contains the DVD set and discussion guide.​​

See Also: Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention Report - From the Institute of Medicine - released May, 2012.​

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Fruits and Veggies: More Matters

Oregon Farmers' Markets
The site lists Oregon farmers' markets by region.


Community Tools

Moving to the Future
This site contains tools for developing community-based nutrition services, including planning tools and training materials.


Client Counseling

Bright Futures in Practice: Nutrition
This guide emphasizes prevention and early recognition of nutrition concerns and provides developmentally appropriate nutrition supervision guidelines for infancy through adolescence. The guide contains strategies and tools to help health professionals provide screening, assessment, and counseling.


Consumer Resources

CDC Body and Mind (BAM! ) for Kids
A site to answer kids' questions on health issues and recommended ways to make their bodies and minds healthier, stronger, and safer.

It's My Life
An interactive site targeting youth with advice, games, and video clips. The section on Body includes information about sports and eating disorders.

Kidnetic
An advertisement-free, interactive website for 9-13 year olds and their families that communicates healthy eating and active living information. Sponsored by the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC).

Nutrition for Kids
Click on "Feeding Kids" newsletter for consumer articles, teacher tips, and recipes.


Food and Nutrition Information

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association Nutrition 
A variety of publications on healthy eating and physical activity.

The Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
The Children's Nutrition Research Center, operated by Baylor College of Medicine, conducts scientific investigations into the role of maternal, infant, and child nutrition in optimal health, development, and growth.

Nutrition
Linking and searching capability for all government nutrition sites. Provides an extensive interactive scientific reference section.

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Find all the federal nutrition guidelines here. Includes Dietary Guidelines, the Food Guide Pyramid, the Food Guide Pyramid for Children 2-6 Years Old, the Healthy Eating Index (evaluates individual diets), Interactive Physical Activity tool, nutrient content of the food supply, downloadable brochures, research briefs, recipes, and web-based training.


Food Security, Poverty, and Obesity

Food and Nutrition Service
This site describes nutrition assistance and government food assistance programs for children and low-income people.

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
There are links on this site to multiple articles on the paradox of obesity and hunger.


Physical Activity

Bright Futures in Practice: Physical Activity
Provides developmental guidelines on physical activity for the periods of infancy through adolescence. Includes current information on screening, assessment, and counseling to promote physical activity and to meet the needs of health professionals, families, and communities.

MEDLINEplus: Exercise for Children
A compendium of information including overviews, research, tips for parents, newsletters, and statistics.

Society of Health And Physical Educators - SHAPE America 
SHAPE America has published many guides including "Active Start, A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children Birth to Five Years" and "Physical Activity for Children, A Statement of Guidelines for Children Ages 5-12."

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Provides an overview of the President's Council with links to other federal physical activity programs as research digests and other resources.


Resources for Schools

Healthy Kids Learn Better (HKLB)
The Healthy Kids Learn Better Partnership is an Oregon statewide effort to help local schools and communities form partnerships and reduce physical, social, and emotional barriers to learning. It begins with a local HKLB Team, and reaches kids through the eight components of coordinated school health. The HKLB Toolkit is available to download.

The Healthy School Meals Resource System
Provides information about Team Nutrition, educational resources, recipes, food safety, and promotes healthy eating and physical activity.

Model School Wellness Policies
The U.S. Congress established a new requirement that all school districts with a federally-funded school meals program develop and implement wellness policies that address nutrition and physical activity by the start of the 2006-2007 school year. This link will take you to model school wellness policies that were developed by a work group that the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity convened. There are also additional resources listed on the website.


Make mealtime a shared time

The Nutrition Council of Oregon has launched an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of shared meals in promoting better eating habits, reducing obesity, preventing substance abuse, and strengthening family and community bonds.


Benefits of shared and family meals

  • Improved nutrition: more healthy foods, less sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Stronger family bonds and emotional health
  • Decreased risk-taking behaviors for youth: less likely to smoke, use drugs and feel depressed

Read our Fact Sheet to learn more


Join us

We invite you to join the initiative and promote shared meals in your home, workplace, school, community or wherever you spend time with people you care about.

Communication toolkit

Spread the word about Shared Meals to the media, partners, and through organizations and networks.


Educational materials

Promote shared meals. Help us spread the word.

Mealtime Mini-Poster

Mealtime Fact Sheets

Cook Together

Eat Together

Talk Together

Share Mealtime

Mealtime Fact Sheets for Families with Young Children

Setting the Stage

Building Good Habits

Healthy Beverages

Healthy Beverages Fact Sheet for health care providers

Healthy Beverage Tips for parents and caregivers

Mealtime for Adults

Eating for Your Best Health​


Recipes

Use these recipes for meals any time and any day of the week. Ingredients are nutrient-rich and recipes are tasty. Find suggestions for how to add sides and beverages to make a meal. All files are pdfs.

Sides and Salads

Main Dishes

Desserts

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farmers market

See also

Family Mealtimes - Information from the Oregon WIC Program

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