July 2011 Issue
April 2011 Issue
Includes: A highlight for the HICORE Hawaii 5210 Initiative
The Hawaii State Department of Health, Healthy Hawaii Initiative publishes this quarterly newsletter to help increase awareness of Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) programs, projects, and initiatives in our state and nationally. The newsletter also provides a method of communication and resource sharing for Hawaii public health PAN professionals and others interested in these issues. The newsletter is sent to approximately 600+ PAN professionals and is also posted on the Healthy Hawaii Initiative website www.healthyhawaii.com. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like your program to be highlighted in the upcoming newsletters or if you have any news you’d like to share with other PAN partners in Hawaii. The next newsletter will be published in July 2011.
PreventObesity.net is a groundbreaking new tool sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help build the movement to reverse childhood obesity and connect leaders in the movement with one another.
- A map of the movement shows people working on healthy eating, active living and other obesity-related issues. People and organizations can add themselves to the map to show their presence in the movement. Those who join the Leadership Network can download contact info for others.
- The map of the movement is available as a widget to embed on your own site. Highlight your organization's role in this nationwide movement, and give your site visitors an opportunity to add themselves to the network.
- They also offer cell phone tools to get people engaged in advocacy efforts through text messaging.
Click here to see and add yourself to the map of the movement.
Daily physical activity helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and helps to reduce obesity, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and symptoms of arthritis. Physical activity is a general term used to describe movements of the skeleton and skeletal muscles that expend energy.
Source: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Related MedlinePlus Page: Exercise for Children
The United States is facing a very serious public health crisis of overweight and obesity. Today, about 65 percent of adults are overweight or obese. Children are getting heavier as well. Overweight and obesity can result if things get out of balance—such as eating too much food, not getting enough physical activity, or having too much of one or more nutrients in the diet.
Source: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Related MedlinePlus Page: Obesity in Children
Starting Tuesday, February 8th, materials, including columns authored by First Lady Michelle Obama, will be available to use with your members, on your websites and in your newsletters at www.letsmove.gov.
We're working hard to deliver fresh, relevant content for parents and other caregivers! Here are a few examples of what's available on the site.
- The Flu
- Using Over-the-Counter Medicines With Your Child
- Choosing Over–the-Counter Medicines for your Child
- Using Liquid Medicines
- Use of Medicines in Sports
- Skiing and Snowboarding
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Please join The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity and your colleagues in the field to discuss:
- childhood obesity research,
- best practices for addressing childhood obesity, and
- strategies for using policy and environmental change to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity.
Webinar Series: Making Schools the Model for Healthier Environments, "Let’s Get Physical: Being Active to Reverse Child Obesity"
For more information and how to register, click here.
Nutrition Education for Wellness
Learn about the quality of your diet.
My Diet (also known as Pacific Tracker or "PacTrac") is an online dietary assessment tool. After providing a day's worth of dietary information, you will receive a "score" on the overall quality of your diet for that day. The “score” for your diet is based on the types and amounts of food you ate as compared to those recommended by the Food Guide Pyramid. Since the development of this tool, USDA has revised the original Food Guide Pyramid, which is now called MyPyramid. Although several changes have been made, the food groups and number of recommended servings are very similar. My Diet will give you information such as the amounts of total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium in your diet.
It’s a fact that kids who exercise regularly have a greatly reduced risk of developing serious health problems as adults. Kids today tend to get less physical activity than previous generations, many of them spending several hours in front of a computer or TV screen every day. With childhood obesity on the rise experts, officials, parents, and teachers are working together to make sure that kids get plenty of exercise and create a healthier future. This page is full of free resources for anyone looking to help kids get excited about physical fitness.
The Hawai`i State Department of Health, Healthy Hawaiʻi Initiative publishes a quarterly newsletter to help increase awareness of Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) programs, projects, and initiatives in our state and nationally. The newsletter also provides a method of communication and resource sharing for Hawaiʻi public health PAN professionals and others interested in these issues. The newsletter is sent to approximately 550+ PAN professionals and is also posted on the Healthy Hawaiʻi Initiative website. Please e-mail email@example.com if you’d like a copy of the newsletter or if you'd like your program to be highlighted in the upcoming newsletters or if you have any news you’d like to share with other PAN partners in Hawaiʻi. The next newsletter will be published in April 2010.
Hawaii Education Matters is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of public school parents and supporters. Our mission is to work for the improvement of Hawaii's public educational system by: Advocating for an immediate solution to the 17 lost school days that resulted from the Friday furlough of public school teachers; Helping parents to engage our political system and advocate for their children; Creating a long-term coalition of parents, educators and community leaders committed to achieving excellence in public education in Hawaii.
The nonprofit's mission is to combine rigorous research with innovative solutions to improve the health and quality of life of young people with chronic illness. They work closely with young people to understand their needs and to incorporate their critical and ongoing input into our product development, and they are committed to the scientific study of our products to ensure that they are effective. They focus our efforts on diseases in which there is significant unmet need among young people and where they believe there is potential for HopeLab to have great impact:
- Sickle cell disease
- Major depressive disorder
February 25, 2010
The problem: Getting people to integrate physical activity into their daily routines is a challenge. The key for Active Living by Design partnerships in four locales—Honolulu, Santa Ana, Calif., Portland, Ore. and Isanti County, Minn.—was finding a unique hook to engage local residents. Their strategies ranged from tapping strong cultural connections to the land to naming walking routes after pies. Building a nature park in Kalihi Valley. In Hawaii and other Polynesian islands, people have an intimate connection with the land. The Kalihi Valley Active Living Program, based in Honolulu, used that connection to get people moving.