NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Kaiser Permanente are teaming up to host the third annual Total Health Forum on Thursday, March 1, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, WNBA President Lisa Borders, Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will come together to explore concepts of resilience and total health in our communities. NBA All-Star Stephen Curry will join the forum’s host, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm, for a one-on-one conversation about the power of sports and his global community efforts.
This year’s forum will examine ways to improve the total health – body, mind and spirit – and well-being of underserved youth and families, reduce stigmas around mental health, and showcase how sports can create stronger and more inclusive communities in the U.S. and across the globe.
“Through our partnership with the NBA, we are able to make a positive difference in a matter that is vitally important to us both – the total health and well-being of America’s communities,” said Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson.
Kaiser Permanente Chief Community Health Officer Bechara Choucair, MD, will guide a thought-provoking panel discussion, and keynote speaker Laila Ali will share her experiences as a world-class athlete, fitness and nutrition expert and parent working toward total health. Additional participants will include Center for Disease Control Director of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Ruth Petersen and CEO of MENTOR, David Shapiro.
The non-profit Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, has served as the NBA’s official health care partner since 2015 and is the presenting partner of NBA FIT Week, held in January. Together, the NBA and Kaiser Permanente have hosted FIT clinics engaging thousands of youth in cities throughout the U.S. Kaiser Permanente also provides the NBA with research-oriented strategic consulting, health-related content, and the development of year-round health and wellness programs.
For more information on NBA FIT and Kaiser Permanente, visit http://fit.nba.com/.
About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.4 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.