March 18, 2019

NBA and Kaiser Permanente host Total Health Forum

Fourth annual event to conclude NBA Fit Week on March 21 in New York.

NEW YORK — The fourth annual Total Health Forum will be held on Thursday, March 21, at Tribeca 360 in New York, the National Basketball Association and Kaiser Permanente announced today. Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Naismith Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning and six-time WNBA All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw will join the day’s discussions to explore strategies for achieving total health of mind, body and spirit, and ways to build healthier generations. To conclude the event, gold medal-winning gymnast and activist Aly Raisman will sit down with forum host and ESPN’s “SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm to share her personal story of resilience and her ongoing work to empower others.

Through a series of diverse panels and one-on-one conversations, this year’s forum will address the physical and mental wellness challenges facing our communities, focusing specifically on youth and women, and the ways businesses, health care providers, community leaders, coaches and parents can work together to instill long-term health and resilience. Additional participants will include Kaiser Permanente national leader for mental health and wellness Dr. Don Mordecai, NBA President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, JED Foundation Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Nance Roy, My Brother’s Keeper Youth Fellow Devontae Springer and Headspace Head of Sports and Fitness Lindsay Shaffer.

“As the official health care partner of the NBA, Kaiser Permanente works to bring the message of total health to communities across the U.S.,” said Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “At this year’s forum, we want to look closely at how adverse childhood experiences — known as ACEs — affect our health, emphasize the importance of resilience, and come together with our partners to make the next generation healthier.”

The Total Health Forum will conclude NBA FIT Week presented by Kaiser Permanente (March 14-21), when all NBA and NBA G League teams host physical and mental wellness activities throughout their communities. Together, the NBA and Kaiser Permanente have hosted hundreds of FIT clinics in cities throughout the U.S., reaching more than 30,000 youth with essential life skills and mental health and wellness programming.

The nonprofit Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest private integrated health system, has served as the NBA’s official health care partner since 2015. Kaiser Permanente provides the NBA with research-oriented strategic consulting, health-related content, and the development of year-round health and wellness programs, including the emotional well-being, mindfulness and stress relief programming that are part of the league’s NBA FIT, Jr. NBA and elite youth development programs.

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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. 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 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV,, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.5 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 more than 12.2 million members in 8 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.