Funded by the State of Hawai`i Department of Health’s Healthy Hawai`i Initiative (HHI) through a contract with the University of Hawai`i at Manoa’s Office of Public Health Studies, John A. Burns School of Medicine, the Maui County Nutrition & Physical Activity Coalition (NPAC) first reconvened in March, 2008.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of Maui County residents by reducing obesity and chronic disease by promoting healthy eating and physical activity through environmental and policy changes, education and awareness. Research has shown that health benefits are gained through systems and environmental changes.
The priority areas of the Maui County NPAC’s work are:
- Worksite Wellness
- Built Environment
- Nutrition & Physical Activity
The Maui County NPAC worksite wellness committee implemented a pilot worksite wellness program at the Maui Family YMCA (a collaborative effort between Maui Memorial Medical Center and the Maui Family YMCA). In addition, members of our group have testified in support of the development of active living communities (mixed use areas with safe access for bicyclists and pedestrians, including complete streets) before the General Plan Advisory Committee, Maui Planning Commission and Maui County Council. We are working with the County of Maui’s Department of Public Works and the Maui Family YMCA’s Pioneering Healthier Communities team in monthly Walk to School days at Wailuku Elementary School and look forward to expanding the walks to other schools in the County. And, other collaborations are in place with an emphasis on promoting local agriculture products and reaching out to specific populations.
Objectives and strategies for all task forces are driven from the Department of Health PAN Plan. A copy of that plan can be found at www.healthyhawaii.com
We look forward to working with you in the future to improve the health of our community.
We may be reached at (808) 264-7895. You also may Email Us.