October 14, 2019

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii awards healthy community grants

Three organizations on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai will receive a total of $182,000 to create healthier habits for children and adults.

(Left to Right): Lee Steinmetz, Fran Becker, Nani Sadora, Ka’aina Hull, Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami, Bev Brody, and Mike Dahilig.

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HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente has awarded $182,000 in community benefit grant funding to 3 organizations working to create healthier habits and environments for “keiki” (the Hawaiian word for children) and adults in Hawaii.

“We know that good health doesn’t just come from the doctor’s office, but in our homes, at school, and in our communities,” said David Tumilowicz, vice president of public Rrlations, communications, and brand management  at Kaiser Permanente of Hawaii. “Our Healthy Eating, Active Living initiative provides a framework to support organizations that have similar goals: to help kids and adults in Hawaii live healthier lives.”

Get Fit Kauai received $92,000 to promote community health on Kauai. The longstanding Get Fit Kauai initiative has reached thousands of Kauai residents young and old, providing safe routes to school for keiki and organizing community walk-to-school days; working with employers to implement worksite wellness programs; and prompting residents to increase their physical activity through participation in the annual Mayor-a-Thon family walk, run, and bike event. This year’s grant will support plans for Kalena Park and Lau Kona Park on Kauai, walking trails in Lihue, and other community activities.

Boys and Girls Club Hawaii received $50,000 for its Hā’ehuola-Teen Healthy Living community program, which strives to improve the health and well-being of at-risk teenagers. The program will provide a safe, inclusive environment for keiki to participate in mentoring, leadership activities, and physical exercise. It will also offer members healthy snacks and opportunities to learn about healthy cooking and eating. The program will serve more than 1,000 youth who attend BGC clubhouses throughout Oahu and Kauai.

Boys and Girls Club of Maui received $40,000 to implement an after-school program known as Triple Play for Great Futures. Program activities are designed to support nutritional health through a healthy-habits curriculum; physical health by encouraging fitness and outdoor activities; and emotional health by offering a social environment where teens can build healthy relationships. BGC Maui plans to offer at least 10 Triple Play activities at 6 clubhouses throughout Maui, reaching more than 1,500 members.

About Kaiser Permanente

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 12.3 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.