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UPCOMING MEETINGS

17 OCTOBER - 2013

Built Environment Task Force

12:00 - 1:30 PM, THUR

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room A/B

24 OCTOBER - 2013

ATHF Task Force

12:15 - 1:30 PM, THUR

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room

24 OCTOBER - 2013

Worksite Wellness Task Force

2:00 - 3:30 PM, THUR

Kauai District Health Office

Conference Room

14 NOVEMBER- 2013

Steering Committee Meeting

2:00 - 3:30 PM, THUR

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room B

21 NOVEMBER - 2013

ATHF Task Force

12:15 - 1:30 PM, THUR

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room A

21 NOVEMBER - 2013

Built Environment Task Force

12:00 - 1:30 PM, THUR

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room A/B

28 NOVEMBER - 2013

Worksite Wellness Task Force

2:00 - 3:30 PM, THUR

Kauai District Health Office

Conference Room

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

Worksite Wellness Task Force of Get Fit Kauai has completed a pilot worksite wellness program; the Mayor’s Walking Workbus (collaboration between GFK, County of Kauai, American Cancer Society and the Department of Health) and is currently working on a worksite wellness project, “On the Road to Wellness Challenge” 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 to develop a Safe Routes to Schools program. Members include elementary schools; County agencies, including Public Works, Planning, Kauai Police Department; and community organizations and individuals.

The Access to Healthy Foods Task Force of Get Fit Kauai is concentrating on creating a project to promote policy change and access to healthy foods served in pre-schools. In addition, a program is underway to help SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) beneficiaries Eat Better Today and get locally fresh produce at Farmers' Markets. A sub-committee is also working on efforts to promote Kauai Grown, the local farmers and locally grown produce, and to strengthen relationships between farmers, retailers, restaurants, and consumers.

The Built Environment Task Force of Get Fit Kauai is focusing on developing the Complete Streets policy and ordinance since the establishment of the County Resolution in 2010. Work is also being done to educate the community on the concept and benefits of Complete Streets.

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

Telephone Survey Completed

As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant that the Kauai District Health Office received in 2010, an oversample of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System was completed. This telephone survey asked adults questions about their health and health behaviors. Approximately 1,000 surveys were completed by Kauai residents from August to December in 2010 and 2012. The 2012 data show:

  • About 18% of Kauai adults report fair or poor health status
  • Over half (54%) are overweight or obese
  • 61% 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
  • 22% drink one or more soda or sugar sweetened beverage each day

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Get Fit Kauai Video

Take 4 minutes to view a short video that showcases a few of the good things Get Fit Kauai is working on. Go to our Facebook page to comment.

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