Working with hospitals, retailers and other businesses to increase healthy food options in Hawai‘i communities.
Retailers: Join the Choose Healthy Now program
The Toll of Obesity in Hawai‘i.
Obesity and overweight are risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and many other preventable diseases. Yet only a small fraction of children and adults meet national recommendations for physical activity and consumption of nutritious foods to prevent these diseases.
Obesity Prevention Task Force
Each year, obesity costs Hawai‘i more than $470 million in medical expenditures alone. In an effort to address these staggering costs and effects to Hawaii’s people and as a response to the urgent need to reverse the current trends in obesity, Senate Bill 2778 was signed into law, on July 6, 2012, as Act 269 by Governor Neil Abercrombie, creating The Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force.
The task force was charged with developing policy recommendations and proposed legislation for the 2013 legislature. The task force ultimately identified twelve recommendations in a report submitted to the Legislature. When implemented together, these recommendations could profoundly reshape Hawaii’s school, work, community, and health care environments, making healthier lifestyles obtainable for all Hawai‘i residents.
The OPTF is no longer bound by statute to convene, however, concerned citizens, public health professionals, physicians and other health care providers comprised within the task force continue to convene and push a policy agenda each year. This year the OPTF has transitioned to the HIPHI and is convened and facilitated by HIPHI staff.