July 13, 2018

Kaiser Permanente awards grants to support healthy lifestyles

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente has awarded $82,700 in community benefit grants to Age-Friendly Cities (via fiscal agent Adult Friends for Youth) and YMCA Maui for their programs promoting healthy lifestyles and community engagement.

Age-Friendly Cities received $57,700 for its Kind2Kupuna program, an initiative to develop age-friendly businesses that provide tools and resources to support the needs of "kupuna," or elders, in the community. The program will work with 10 pilot businesses in a variety of sectors to adopt age-friendly initiatives that support the physical and cognitive changes associated with aging. The grant will also fund a public awareness campaign to increase engagement between businesses and kupuna.

YMCA Maui received $25,000 to implement the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, an evidence-based health intervention program approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The program encourages behavioral and lifestyle changes to help patients maintain healthy, active lifestyles. The year-long program will be completed by three cohorts of at least 15 participants on Maui with the goal of reducing individual body weight by 5.5 percent.

“We’re proud to support healthy and active lifestyles for people of all ages,” said Dave Underriner, president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region “We believe that when organizations work together to provide access to important health resources, the entire community benefits.”

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