Television crews from the national cable network HBO have been filming in Nashville this week as part of a future program detailing the city’s focus on health initiatives, The City Paper has learned.
The program, which includes participation from Mayor Karl Dean, is to be aired some time during spring 2012.
Contacted by The City Paper, an HBO spokeswoman said she could not comment on the series.
Metro last year received $7.5 million in federal stimulus dollars –– dubbed the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant –– to help fight obesity. Generating 40 full-time and 40 part-time positions, projects include healthy eating, bicycle, pedestrian and urban-garden initiatives.
Some dollars have gone toward the creation of a new brand called NashVitality, a public campaign to spread the word on positive health options. “Health,” “active” and “green” are the campaign’s pillars.
In March, Dean announced his “Walk 100 Miles” initiative, a citywide challenge to encourage Nashvillians to take advantage of the city’s greenways and trails during the spring and summer.
Tennessee has historically had one of the highest obesity rates in the nation, with Nashville playing a part in that disturbing trend.
A Trust for America’s Health report released last year revealed Tennessee to be the second fattest state in the country.