16-Week Wellness Program Targets Hawaii
It Off Hawaii
is a wellness program that encourages residents of the Hilo area of
Hawaii to improve the health of the community and is sponsored by the
Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA).
may join the program in teams of five or more members to compete for
prizes over a period of 16 weeks to lose weight, stop tobacco use,
lower blood pressure or improve health by setting personal nutrition
and physical activity goals.
target measurements over the 16 week challenge are:
10 percent of total team body weight or one pound per week for each
blood pressure to a maximum of 140/90 or by 10 points from starting
using tobacco products and remain tobacco free for duration of the
challenge includes the Emergency Medical Services Run Walk,
HMSA "Go Hilo Health Fair" in June and wraps up in July with the
American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
is also sponsored by numerous national and local agencies as well as
businesses and individuals, including the American Cancer Society, Big
Island Toyota and KTA Super Stores. The idea for the event was brought
forward to agencies by Michael Roth, Hawaii County’s deputy
The Hawaii Medical Service Association Center, 818 Keeaumoku St.,
Honolulu, HI 96814; (808) 948-6111, www.hmsa.com.