In 2010, 63.2 percent of Kodiak Island residents were overweight or obese, according to the Alaska Center for Health Data and Statistics. That number is slightly under the 64.3 percent statewide rate.
“We’re definitely on par with national rates,” Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center dietician Heather Preece said.
Local educators and health care providers in the community have teamed up to increase awareness about obesity in America by providing a free series of film screenings and workshops in Kodiak.
“We want to provide a greater awareness of the extent and seriousness of obesity in Kodiak,” Preece said. “We want to energize them around the issue, and then teach very specific easy things to do every day to start to make a difference.”
The first event is July 10, and events are held Tuesday nights through August 14.
The team will offer free community viewings of the HBO series “Weight of the Nation,” a documentary that features case studies and interviews about individuals and families struggling with obesity in the U.S.
“I received information on the ‘Weight of the Nation’ films and I thought they were so powerful,” KANA dietician Shanna Moeder said. “They have a lot of great lessons for both people who are healthy and people not exposed to the information.”
Each film will be shown on a different night, and Kodiak health professionals will be available for an hour-long discussion panel following the films. They will take film examples and discuss how they apply to Kodiak.
The six workshops will be held the last three weeks of the program. Two workshops will be given each session and will be led by local Kodiak dieticians and health professionals.
The hands-on workshops discuss the following topics: eating healthy, tips for losing weight, and incorporating physical activity into everyday life.
“It’s not just for people losing weight or who are overweight,” Moeder said. “It’s for everybody. We want people to know the message that everything fits in the day and that we have to make it fit.”
Anyone who attends the films and workshops is eligible for six months of telephone follow-up coaching from a dietician.
People who attend the series will also be eligible for door prizes like individual consultations with dieticians or punch cards to the Kodiak Athletic Club, 100th Monkey Yoga Studio or A Balanced Approach. There is one grand prize drawing for a round-trip Era ticket to Anchorage.
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Schedule of events:
“Weight of the Nation” Series
Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium, Choral Pod
“Children in Crisis”
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Eating Healthy on a Budget
Tips for Losing Weight & Keeping It Off
Enjoy Healthy Food that Tastes Great
Quick, Healthy Meals & Snacks
Keys to Living Well with Healthy Eating
Lifestyle & Physical Activity