January 22, 2020

5 Hawaii teachers receive national Thriving Schools award

Kaiser Permanente recognizes the educators who are championing sustainable, healthy school environments.

L to R: Brandy Richardson, Windward District health and PE resource teacher; Denise Darval-Chang, Honolulu health and PE resource teacher; Lisa Hockenberger, Leeward District health and PE resource teacher; Michelle Baysa, Maui District health and PE resource teacher, Yvette Ikara, Central District health and PE resource teacher; George Centeio, educational specialist for physical education, Department of Education

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HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente is honoring 5 Hawaii Department of Education teachers as part of its Thriving Schools Honor Roll awards program. The annual program recognizes educators who are championing sustainable, healthy school environments in Kaiser Permanente’s 8 regions.

Yvette Ikari, Lisa Hockenberger, Denise Darval-Chang, Brandy Richardson, and Michelle Baysa are health and physical education resource teachers who work as a team to organize complex/district fitness meets throughout the state to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. Many events integrate physical fitness testing, which gathers valuable student data that is used to coach and support students in developing their own fitness goals at school.

Additionally, this team of educators conducts training and builds dynamic fitness opportunities and partnerships where firefighters, high school leaders, military personnel, health plan representatives, and other community organizations can volunteer and come together to improve the health of the whole school community.

“We applaud Yvette, Lisa, Denise, Brandy, and Michelle for being a force for healthy change in our schools,” said Linda Puu, vice president of Quality, Safety, and Care Experience at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “They are a dynamic team that encourages students to embrace physical activity and inspires other educators to promote health and wellness at school, which makes for a more vibrant and thriving community.”

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.