Nashville Public Television’s Children’s Health Crisis project is a multi-year initiative built around a series of eight documentaries on the state of children’s health in Tennessee. The project launched in 2009 in response to the increased number of children facing risks from poor or non-existent prenatal care, the rising epidemic of childhood obesity, misinformation about vaccinations, mental health issues, and adolescent sexuality.
Hosted by Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress and mother of two young children, the documentaries in the series include:
- Overview (February 2010), illustrates the challenges that children in Tennessee face in leading healthy lives. It provides viewers with a survey of the central problems: infant mortality, prenatal care, the obesity epidemic and mental health.
- Infant Mortality (June 2010) takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding prenatal care, preterm birth and infant mortality in Tennessee.
- Obesity (November 2010), focuses on the epidemic of childhood obesity, its causes and likely repercussions for our children, and calls attention to the fact that the current generation of children, pre-teens and teenagers may be the first generation to have shorter life spans than their parents.
- Prevention (February 2011) explores a view of health that extends beyond medical care; where healthy lifestyle choices are accessible, affordable and a part of everyday life.
- Mental Health (June 2011) explores what it means to be mentally healthy and what it looks like when children are struggling with social, emotional and behavioral health issues.
- Sexuality (January 2012) explores the roles sexuality and sexual responsibility play in the health of Tennessee’s children.
- Culture of Health (June 2012) looks at how our community has laid the groundwork for improving our children’s health and where we still need to improve.
- Family Health (June 2013) explores the role families play in the health of Tennessee’s children.
Panel discussions follow the initial broadcast of each documentary allowing viewers and panelists to explore in more depth the issues raised in each program.
Health Updates & Parent Tips
NPT expands its health issues coverage through a series of short features that grow out of the content in the documentary series and broadcast between regular programming. These spots include weekly Health Updates on children’s health issues intended for an adult audience, as well as health-related Parent Tips produced for our children’s schedule.
To extend the reach of the Children’s Health Crisis project, NPT is working with local partners to conduct multiple community events, workshops, discussions and screenings surrounding the issues raised in the documentary series.