The Weight of the Nation is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, The Weight of the Nation is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the weight of the Nation. The IOM evaluated prior obesity prevention strategies and identified recommendations to meet the following goals and accelerate progress:

  • Integrate physical activity every day in every way
  • Market what matters for a healthy life
  • Make healthy foods and beverages available everywhere
  • Activate employers and health care professionals
  • Strengthen schools as the heart of health

Health Care Services

United Way 2-1-1 Serves Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina, Ashland, Wayne, and Holmes Counties. 2-1-1 is a free community service you can use to get information about social, health and government resources 24 hours a day, every day.

Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a coordinated system of healthcare access for the county’s low-income, uninsured adults. CHAP’s first major initiative is the Access Plan, which makes it easier for uninsured adults to get the health care they need. Through its coordinated network, CHAP connects patients without insurance to providers whom offer discounted primary care and specialty care.

The May Dugan Center is a lifeline to over 10,000 individuals and families from the Near West-Side and the Greater Cleveland community, offering effective programs that advance people’s lives, as well as services that help people meet their basic emergency needs. The Center offers its core services through the comprehensive Case Management program.

Urban Health Research Resources

A web-based interactive anthology, E-source offers the latest research methods and tools to address emerging challenges in public health, such as the obesity epidemic and the rise of chronic diseases such as heart disease. Developed by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in collaboration with New England Research Institutes.

International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) is an association of researchers, scholars, and professionals from various disciplines and areas of the world who study the health effects of urban environments and urbanization.

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is a resource for the scholarly community, facilitating innovative, cross-discipline research by providing a unique array of support and activities, as well as a physical collaborative space, to accelerate socio-environmental research and synthesis.

Training and Research Translation at University of North Carolina is a program that aims to make research a practice, applying concepts in order to support practioners in the fields of nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Their duties include reviewing evidence, designing training for indivuals and providing guidance to a healthy lifestyle.

Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.

What Works for Health is a resource that emphasizes many facets of healthy living in order to make a community a better place to work in, live in and enjoy. Taking many ideas into consideration, What Works for Health recommends healthy lifestyles for every member of the community.