San Leandro Vice Mayor
The City of San Leandro in partnership with HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) will be screening a segment of the new HBO documentary “The Weight of the Nation”, focusing on childhood obesity and its effect on children, families and community 7p.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Senior Community Center, 13909 East 14th St. in San Leandro.
“Obesity has reached disconcerting proportions in our community. 42.7 percent of our 5th, 7th, and 9th graders are overweight or obese,” said San Leandro Vice Mayor Michael Gregory.
“Individual effort alone is not sufficient to combat obesity,” he said. “The city is committed to providing healthy options to supporting efforts to assist community members make healthier choices.”
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion moderated by Vice Mayor Gregory, featuring experts: Dr. Tony Iton, MD, Senior Vice President, Building Healthy Communities, the California Endowment; Paul Espinas, MD, Pediatrician, Kaiser Permanente; Pam Stoker, Sutter Health Exercise physiologist; and Maureen Shapiro, School Nurse, San Leandro Unified School District.
The program is free and all are encouraged to participate. For more information, call the San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department at (510) 577-3462.