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Second Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival Draws Over 1,000 Runners from Japan and Hawaii

 Second Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival Draws Over 1,000 Runners from Japan and Hawaii

Over 1,000 runners, 300 traveling from Japan, participated in the second annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival at Kapiolani Park on Sunday, June 1. The first place six-member team was Team Hawaii Sport Jaco Rehab, crossing the finish line in just under 2.5 hours to win the grand prize of round-trip airfare to Japan for the entire team, courtesy of lead sponsor Hawaiian Airlines. Other participants included Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Japan Consul General Toyei Shigeeda and Hawaii News Now: Sunrise weather anchor Dan Cooke. They joined student teams, corporate groups, military members and family teams on the 26.2-mile course, split into 6 legs, from Kapiolani Park to Sandy Beach and back. Team members passed a sash embedded with a microchip as each completed one or more legs of the relay-style race.

‘Mom-O-Rama’ Event Encourages Mothers To Focus On Their Health

Pearl City celebration May 31 kicks off series of 5 meet-ups across Islands

HONOLULU – Moms, you do so much for others! Now it’s your turn for some well-deserved attention and fun! Mothers of all ages and stages are invited to “Mom-O-Rama,” a free celebration of everything about moms and their health, Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the HMSA Center in Pearl City.

Moms can enjoy a mini massage and light pupu, and network with other women through fun activities and “talk story.” Games and giveaways will include a chance to win a FitBit fitness tracking device. Learn about the Moms In Hawaii supportive online/offline community, participate in a health assessment through HMSA, and more. Children are welcome, too! There’ll be activity stations especially for the keiki.

Hawaii Ranks No. 2 for Senior Health, According to America’s Health Rankings Senior Report

•  Comprehensive analysis of senior health reveals strengths, challenges in Hawaii and nationally

•  Nationwide, seniors showed encouraging gains in key health measures

•  Maintaining momentum on health improvement is key as senior population doubles in size in the next 25 years

 

HONOLULU (May 21, 2014) – Hawaii ranked No. 2 for senior health this year, according to the second edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report.

Nationwide, seniors are showing encouraging gains in key health measures and taking more steps to improve their own health. Notable gains for senior health include declines in physical inactivity, improvements in quality of nursing home care, reductions in avoidable hospitalizations, and increased preparation for end-of-life care.

Hawaii-Western Management Group Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Hawaii-Western Management Group Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

HONOLULU — Hawaii-Western Management Group (HWMG), one of the state’s largest insurance management service companies and administrator for health plans such as Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA) and self-funded employer groups with combined membership of more than 50,000, has announced the appointment of T. Michael Hogan, Jr. as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of its Insurance and Taft-Hartley Divisions. With his expertise, Hogan will also work on forming a new Investment Services Division for HWMG.

As CMO, Hogan will be responsible for contributing additional growth to HWMG’s core health insurance business and enabling the company to expand into new product offerings for employer groups including solutions for financial and retirement planning, wealth management, and investment services for unions and multi-employer plans.

Kaiser Permanente Expands Gastroenterology Services to Mapunapuna Medical Office

Kaiser Permanente Expands Gastroenterology Services to Mapunapuna Medical Office

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii held a blessing ceremony today for its newest facility, a 10,000-square-foot gastroenterology clinic at Mapunapuna Medical Office. The clinic, set to begin patient appointments on May 20, will offer scheduled outpatient care along with convenient parking, increased patient privacy and an environment designed for healing. In addition to the gastroenterology services, the Mapunapuna Medical Office provides pharmacy services, diagnostic imaging, lab services, pediatric and other specialty care.

A team of five gastroenterologists and 30 staff members will perform a variety of outpatient procedures including colonoscopies and endoscopies. Kaiser Permanente utilizes a rigorous screening program as part of a focus on preventive health care.

PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND 13th BIENNIAL GOVERNOR’S PACIFIC RIM SAFETY AND HEALTH CONFERENCE 2014

PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND 13th BIENNIAL GOVERNOR’S PACIFIC RIM SAFETY AND HEALTH CONFERENCE 2014

WHAT:

13th Biennial Governor’s Pacific Rim Safety and Health Conference, one of the nation’s premier safety and health professional development events

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 7, to Friday, May 9

Registration starts at 7 a.m. on May 7

 

WHO:

Gov. Neil Abercrombie

Dr. David Michaels, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor and OSHA head

Dwight Takamine, Director, Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

 

WHERE:

Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Avenue

 

DETAILS:

Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Administration, will open the conference.

Kaiser Permanente to host Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

Kaiser Permanente to host Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

Do you smoke, drink or use smokeless tobacco? Do you have HPV? These factors significantly raise your risk for cancers of the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat or larynx, collectively known as head and neck cancers. Though these cancers may not be talked about as frequently, due to their common risk factors they must be taken seriously. At least 75 percent of head and neck cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol use, but with early detection these cases are eminently treatable.

Other risk factors include frequent usage of betel nut, poor oral hygiene, consumption of preserved or salted foods, radiation exposure and Asian ancestry, particularly Chinese ancestry. People working certain jobs in the construction, metal, textile, ceramic, logging and food industries may also be at risk for certain cancers of the head and neck.