Health Articles

Help Prevent the Spread of Flu

While the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) makes this year’s flu season particularly worrisome, there is good news. According to Hawaii Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo, the rate of non-fatal flu cases in Hawaii — either seasonal or H1N1 — is down from earlier this summer. But, she warns that widespread outbreaks in some Mainland states could easily spread to Hawai'i at any time.

To help prevent an outbreak, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) recommends that everyone get the new H1N1 vaccine as it becomes available.

Reduce Stress with Healthy Habits

by Tandis Bishop

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the daily stressors that come our way. Pressure from work, raising a family, maintaining a home, and financial stability are some of the major stressors in life… along with all the smaller stressful situations that arise on a regular basis. Coping with stress is essential on many levels, with your health being at the top of the list.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

by Caitlin Pomerantz

While I am relieved that the oil spill has been plugged and that recovery is underway, I remain haunted by the environmental disaster. As photos of oil coated birds and turtles blanketed the news, and I heard friends from Louisiana and Florida sharing their frustration over the devastation to the ecosystem that sustains their culture and way of life, I was struck by a feeling of utter powerlessness. The thought of all that oil gushing into the sea, every minute of every hour of every day, for over eighty days, has been a reminder to me of the limits of my control.

Can You be Heavy and Healthy at the Same Time?

by Tandis Bishop

You may have heard the term “healthy obesity” to describe people who are obese but don’t have medical conditions that often accompany obesity. However, researchers from the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Canada found that there is no such thing as healthy obesity.1 They followed over 61,000 people long enough to examine body mass index (BMI) and metabolic status (such as blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol) linked to cardiovascular events and death.

Local, Fresh, Seasonal – Healthy Holiday Feasting for Everyone

by Tandis Bishop

Let’s face it: the holiday season is focused around food. We are not just talking about eating food – but feasting on rich, sumptuous holiday dishes, sweets, and beverages. We all look forward to it around this time of year. With that joyful anticipation also comes a little bit of apprehension of straying from your healthy regime for the next couple months. Feasting can be challenging for those who may have specific dietary needs due to food allergies or sensitivities. The good news is that you can enjoy many of your favorite holiday dishes while maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

Kaiser Permanente Urges Physicians to Recommend Plant-Based Diets

by Caitlin Rose

The importance of a plant-based diet as a central component of preventative health is gaining increasing momentum in the field of medicine. Health care professionals across the country and around the world have begun to recognize the crucial role that a balanced plant-based diet plays in maintaining health and reversing disease. While many research scientists and practicing physicians have long understood this, major industry players such as Kaiser Permanente are now coming on board.

Back to School With Healthy Eating

by Tandis Bishop

With summer behind us, and the new school year underway, many of us return to the drudge of early morning commutes and late night study sessions. We do this because we value education, for ourselves and for our children. As our days get busier, however, it’s easy to forget the value of eating healthy. This is particularly important for children. A low-fat, plant-based diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes as well as dairy products is a healthy option for growing children.

Summer Health Basics

by Caitlin Rose

Here in Hawai’i, the sun is a constant companion. But during summer months, when the sun is at its height, it’s good to brush up on strategies to protect yourself and respect the power of the sun. Using sunscreen, drinking water and staying in the shade are some of the basics, but did you know that what you eat can also help protect against sun damage? We’ve put together some tips to help keep you safe, healthy and happy all summer long! Sunscreen Essentials

Organic Food is Family Food

by Caitlin Rose

Organic food's image during the past century has undergone numerous makeovers in the public eye. What started as hippie food and became gourmet food is now returning to its roots as family food. In fact, a new study by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) shows that 8 in 10 parents choose organic foods for their children!1

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