Healthcare Task Force Chair Linda Galt Powley, MS, RD, CDE, Kaiser Permanente

The healthcare system encompasses physicians and other healthcare providers, health insurance companies, and primary care clinics.  Each of these members has an interest in increasing physical activity and promoting healthy eating.  They also have the ability to influence environmental and policy factors associated with unhealthy weight and related chronic diseases.  Both pediatric and adult healthcare providers can influence and reinforce patient diet, physical activity patterns, and lifestyle choices.  For example, physician communication and counseling regarding physical activity and breastfeeding has been shown effective in helping patients adopt healthy behavior.

(From the Hawai`i Physical Activity and Nutrition Plan 2007-2012)