Institute of Medicine Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award


The Institute of Medicine was nominated for a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Children’s Program for its contribution to the film “The Weight of the Nation for Kids: Quiz Ed!”  The nominations for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards were announced today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 


The program is part of the multi-pronged “The Weight of the Nation” project that features four documentary films and a three-part series of half-hour specials for young people spotlighting decisions that children and their families can make to improve their health now and in the future.  The series is presented by HBO and IOM in association with the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.  "The Weight of the Nation” programs can be viewed at and


The series’ blueprint for action was based in part on the 2012 IOM report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, which identifies key obesity-prevention strategies with the greatest potential to accelerate success by making healthy foods and beverages and opportunities for physical activity easy, routine, and appealing aspects of daily life.


In addition, a companion children's book to the series, Victor's Garden, aims to help parents and other adults talk with kids about how they can make healthier choices when they eat and be more physically active.  The book was published by Scholastic, written by Carolyn Kuehn, and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  Both English and Spanish versions of the book, along with a Leader’s Guide for adults, can be downloaded for free at


The book The Weight of the Nation: To Win We Have to Lose also accompanies the series and offers unvarnished truths about weight loss that can help individuals overcome the forces that promote inactivity and overeating.  The book was written by Judith A. Salerno, Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the IOM, and John Hoffman, executive producer of the HBO series.  More information is available at:

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