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Good News for the Fight against Childhood Obesity

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

Childhood obesity affects everyone on a national and global scale. One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Aside from the short and long term health effects, this growing epidemic has significant medical costs and social consequences.1 Most strategies to fight childhood obesity look at removing things – for example taking out empty-calorie foods such as sugary drinks and refined grains from school vending machines and lunches.

Have a Relaxing, Stress-free Summer

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

We all look forward to a little rest and relaxation from our demanding, sped-up lives. Although most of us will be working during the summer, there are ways to de-stress and rejuvenate to keep us balanced and happy.

1. Enjoy your “Hawaii time.” Lucky for us, we can truly take advantage of our “Hawaii time” motto and remember to slow down. Embrace a carefree spirit when not at work. Don’t feel rushed to be everywhere and do everything you need to do. Summertime is a great excuse to go into vacation mode and unwind.

The Nation’s Water Crisis is on Our Plates

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

Recent news about the California water crisis and the Ogallala aquifer depletion is yet another wakeup call for us as consumers to consider the sustainability of our eating habits. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the groundwater at some of the world’s largest aquifers in the U.S. High Plains, California’s Central Valley, and elsewhere is being pumped out “at far greater rates than it can be naturally replenished.” In fact, a NASA scientist warns that California may have just one year's worth of water left.

Planning a Healthy Summer for You and for Your Family

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

As the school year is coming to an end, it’s a good time to begin creating plans for a healthy summer. Summer is an easy time to fall off the health-wagon, but maintaining healthy habits and even creating new ones is best for long-term health and wellness for you and your family. Today, in Hawai'i, 57 percent of adults are overweight or obese, as are almost 1 in 3 children entering kindergarten.i Alongside this is the concern for childhood Type 2 Diabetes, as researchers suspect increases in obesity among young people is driving the new epidemic.

Good for your Health, Good for Hawaii

by Tandis Bishop, RD

Many kamaaina residents know that the health of our aina (land) and its entire ecosystem is intertwined with our physical and mental well-being. With this knowledge, we know how essential it is to care for our precious planet. Earth Day, April 22nd, is a great time of year to promote sustainability efforts on our islands and the earth. It is an opportunity to reflect on how our own health and quality of life is greatly impacted by the health of our environment.

Your Guide to Sustainable Eating

by Tandis Bishop, RD

For thousands of years, farmers used human and animal power to grow food that was mostly consumed locally. By the 20th century, mechanized "industrial" farming greatly improved crop yields while cheap fossil fuels made it possible to ship produce to consumers far from where it was grown. However, the improved food productivity and availability came at a heavy price. The more we learn about our current food production system, the greater the concern for what it means to our health, the environment and our future generations.  

What are the concerns?


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