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UPCOMING MEETINGS

23 OCTOBER - 2014

ATHF Task Force

1:00 - 2:30 PM, THUR

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room A

23 OCTOBER - 2014

Contrywide SRTS Task Force

3:00 - 4:30 PM, THUR

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room A

28 OCTOBER- 2014

Steering Committee Meeting

2:00 - 3:30 PM, THUR

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room A

06 NOVEMBER - 2014

Worksite Wellness Task Force

2:00 - 3:30 PM, THUR

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room A

20 NOVEMBER - 2014

Built Environment Task Force

2:00 - 3:30 PM, THUR

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room A

NPAC - Get Fit Kauai

Funded by the State of Hawaii Department of Health’s Healthy Hawai`i Initiative (HHI) through a contract with the University of Hawai`i at Manoa’s Office of Public Health Studies, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Get Fit Kauai, Kauai County Nutrition & Physical Activity Coalition (NPAC) first reconvened in March, 2009.

The NPAC's, which operate on Maui and Kauai are charged with improving health in the areas of physical activity and nutrition through systems and environmental changes, based on the social-ecological model. Research has shown that it is through these types of changes that long-lasting health benefits are gained.

Get Fit Kauai has developed the following task forces to address the coalition’s priority areas.

  1. Built environment (buildings, land use, public resources, zoning regulations and transportation systems
  2. Schools and childcare facilities
  3. Worksites
  4. Nutrition and Food systems

The Worksite Wellness Task Force of Get Fit Kauai first started with a pilot worksite wellness program called the “Mayor’s Walking Workbus” (collaboration between GFK, County of Kauai, American Cancer Society and the Department of Health). Currently the task force is working on a comprehensive worksite wellness program called “Get Fit Kauai’s Worksite Wellness Challenge 2014” that promotes policy and environmental change in the worksite.

The School Task Force of Get Fit Kauai has formed and is presently working with a Countywide Safe Routes to School Team that includes the County of Kauai (Public Works and Planning), Kauai Police Department, State Department of Education, Community and PTSA members to advance a Safe Routes to Schools program. 5 schools actively participate in monthly “Walk to School Days” with over 700 students, parents and teachers walking to school on a monthly basis.

The Access to Healthy Foods Task Force of Get Fit Kauai has completed several projects including policy change and access to healthy foods served in pre-schools. Currently, the task force conducted a community food system assessment, focusing on healthy food availability for low-income populations. In addition, an effort to rejuvenate a program is underway to help SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) beneficiaries Eat Better Today (EBT) and get locally fresh produce at Farmers' Markets.

The Built Environment Task Force of Get Fit Kauai helped educate and advocate for a Complete Streets Ordinance which ultimately passed on July 3, 2013. Work is also being done to educate the community on the concept and benefits of Complete Streets and Place Making.

Objectives and strategies for all task forces are driven from the Department of Health PAN Plan. A copy of that plan can be found at www.healthyhawaii.com

We look forward to working with you in the future to improve the health of our community.

We are compiling a directory listing Kauai resources currently providing services in physical activity, nutrition or other community services. If appropriate, please fill out this survey.

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NEWS - newsletter

2014 Mayor-a-thon

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Warm up fun
2014 Mayor-a-thon Zumba Team
Zumba Team

Thanks to all who attended, volunteered and help sponsor the 2014 Mayor-a-thon. Read all about it in The Garden Island newspaper article. Photos and a full report will be available soon.

57% of Kauai adults are overweight

  • Over half (57%) of Kauai adults are overweight or obese
  • 1 in 10 have been diagnosed with diabetes
  • 60% participate in 150 minutes of physical activity per week (recommended amount of aerobic activity)
  • Almost one quarter of adults do no physical activity in an average week
  • About 80% do not eat enough fruits and vegetables each day
  • 20% drink one or more sodas or sugar sweetened beverages each day

Behaviors affecting health

Get Fit Kauai Video

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Archived Newsletters

Volume 1, Issue 3
July, 2012 Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 2
March, 2012 Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 1
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