Northern Kentucky Forum to tackle obesity with film screening and panel

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Northern Kentucky Forum to Tackle Obesity with Film Screening and Panel

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky Forum and a host of partners will co-host an important public discussion on obesity, its impacts and possible policy solutions on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (1028 Scott Street, Covington).

The event will allow attendees to screen one of the four parts of HBO's documentary Weight of the Nation and then participate in a discussion of the topic with a panel of local experts. Take the Forum’s obesity survey and find more at

Partners for the event include the American Academy of Pediatrics Kentucky Chapter, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation, Kentucky Action for Healthy Kids, Northern Kentucky Health Department, Northern Kentucky University Wellness, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and the United Way.

“The unprecedented group of partners for this Forum event reflects the importance and urgency of the discussion about obesity as an issue in the U.S. and locally; how it impacts our health, our schools and our economy,” said Northern Kentucky Forum Chair Patricia Goodman.

Mary Singler, health promotion manager at the Northern Kentucky Health Department, echoed that sentiment. “Obesity is among the most important issues we face in the United States,” she said. “The problem is complex and includes a range of issues from the business of food, the environments we live and work in, to the personal choices we make. If you are concerned about this deep-seated health crisis, join this conversation about how to slow, arrest and eventually reverse the obesity epidemic.”

RSVPs are not required but are appreciated to Doors open for light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Like all Northern Kentucky Forum events, there is no charge to attend. Free parking will be available on the street, behind the Carnegie, in front of Covington Latin School as well as behind the cathedral.

About Northern Kentucky Forum
The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision 2015 and LEGACY -- three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy. Forum events are free and intended for the Northern Kentucky community as a whole.

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