February 14, 2020

Special Olympics Hawaii’s MedFest celebrates milestone year

Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii gets Special Olympics athletes ready for competition with comprehensive physical screenings for the 10th straight year.

Case manager Tiffany Borja, RN, tests the vision of one of the athletes at MedFest.

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HONOLULU — More than 50 Special Olympics athletes received free medical exams from Kaiser Permanente at MedFest 2020. Now in its 10th year, MedFest is an annual event that provides comprehensive physical screenings to athletes of all ages competing in Special Olympics Hawaii.

Exams were provided by doctors from Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, the physician group serving Kaiser Permanente members in Hawaii. Kaiser Permanente nurses and medical staff also participated in the day centered around health and well-being.

Athletes from various schools and clubs throughout the island came to Kaiser Permanente Mapunapuna Medical Office to receive their physical examination needed to participate in training and competition. Sports medicine physicians, pediatricians, registered nurses, and nurse practitioners checked athletes’ vision, height, weight, blood pressure, and cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health. Kaiser Permanente also provided healthy snacks and giveaways to attendees.

“Kaiser Permanente is thrilled to continue our partnership with Special Olympics Hawaii for the 10th year,” said Benjamin Chun, MD, clinical director, Special Olympics Hawaii MedFest; Sports Medicine. “Our MedFest program, held at our Mapunapuna Medical Office, allows our volunteer physicians, providers, and staff the opportunity to deliver free exams to these exceptional athletes to ensure their safety during Special Olympics competition.”

“Special Olympics is about much more than competition — it encourages participants to engage with other amazing individuals and embrace an active and healthy lifestyle without limits,” said Jen Ernst, healthy communities manager from Special Olympics Hawaii. “Through MedFest, all athletes have the opportunity to receive the medical clearance they need to participate in the sports they love, and we’re grateful to Kaiser Permanente for their partnership and support over the past 10 years.”

For more information on Special Olympics Hawaii, call 808-943-8808 or visit http://sohawaii.org/

Special Olympics Hawaii is also on Twitter and Instagram at @SOHawaii and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsHawaii.

Vital signs including height, weight, and blood pressure were checked to ensure the good health of participating athletes.

Vital signs including height, weight, and blood pressure were checked to ensure the good health of participating athletes.

Delailah Tupinio, MA, is one of the volunteers who helped check the vitals of Special Olympics athletes.

Delailah Tupinio, MA, is one of the volunteers who helped check the vitals of Special Olympics athletes.

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 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.