Will you tune in to HBO’s obesity films, ‘Weight of the Nation?’

On Monday (May 14) HBO will premiere the first two parts of its documentary series, ‘The Weight of the Nation.’

The films – presented by HBO and the Institute of Medicine, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente – feature case studies, interviews with health experts, and the stories of individuals and families struggling with obesity, according to the film’s website.

Here’s a trailer for the films:

Will you be tuning in? And do you think this film can make an impact in the San Joaquín Valley, where 70.9 pecent of Latino adults are overweight or obese?

If you don’t have HBO – or if you are interested in watching the films again with other Valley residents – consider attending a partial screening at the John W. Wells Youth Center in Madera on May 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event, hosted by Central Valley Health Network’s HEAL Zone and Kaiser Permanente, will also include a panel discussion intended to inspire ideas about how to make Madera a healthier place to live.  

Pictured above: There are already some great obesity-prevention efforts in the San Joaquín Valley, including the Community Food Bank’s food demonstrations, and a walking path at the Selma flea market.

Farmworker women depict need for pesticide protections

Herminia Arenas, a farmworker originally from Oaxaca, México, cannot read or write. So when Arenas, a member of the organization Líderes Campesinas (Female Farmworker Leaders) decorated a brown sack with a message about the dangers of pesticides, her message came from her heart.

Arenas’ sack was one of the many colorful sacks that was displayed in Madera Courthouse Park during a Líderes Campesinas press conference and rally Tuesday morning.

Through Líderes Campesinas’ sack – or moralito – project, farmworker women write, draw or embroider on a sack (similar to the ones used while picking produce in the fields) about the dangers of pesticide poisioning.

The project is a visual (and beautiful!) way to spread the message about the dangers of pesticides. It also educates community members about how to protect themselves against pesticide exposure, said Suguet López, director or programs for Líderes Campesinas.

*Click on the photos for a better view of  the women’s beautiful bags!

To learn more about Líderes Campesinas, and their recent success in establishing pesticide buffer zones around schools, day cares, homes and labor camps, read next week’s edition of Vida en el Valle.