Wai`anae Coast Doctors Testify at Capitol in Support of SB1085 on 2/6/13 – Update 2/12/13

Dr. Vija Sehgal of the Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (left) and a representative of the HI Primary Care Association testified in support of SB1085.

Dr. Vija Sehgal of the Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (left) and a representative of the HI Primary Care Association testified in support of SB1085.

Dr. Cristeta Ancog of Kaiser Nanaikeola Clinic testified in support of SB1085, which adds a fee to sugar-sweetened beverages in order to help fund anti-obesity efforts.

Dr. Cristeta Ancog of Kaiser Nanaikeola Clinic testified in support of SB1085, which adds a fee to sugar-sweetened beverages in order to help fund anti-obesity efforts.

Pediatricians from the Wai`anae Coast testified in strong supprt of SB 1085, which imposes a fee on sugar-sweetened beverages and establishes the Obesity Prevention Special Fund to support obesity prevention programs. The Senate Health and Judiciary and Labor Committees deferred the measure for decision-making until 2/11/13.  Here is a link to SB1085:

UPDATE 2/12/13: Text of Dr. Cristeta Ancog’s SB 1085 testimony:
FROM: Cristeta Ancog, M.D., FAAP
SUBJECT: Senate Bill 1085, Relating to Obesity Prevention

I am writing as an individual in support of Senate Bill 1085 Relating to Obesity Prevention, which establishes a fee on sugar-sweetened beverages and designates the fees to be used for obesity prevention programs.

As a pediatrician who has been working on the Waianae Coast for the past 24 years, I have witnessed the increase in overweight and obese children. Most of these overweight children will become overweight adults, which increases all the complications that are associated with obesity, especially type 2 diabetes and early cardiac disease. We are seeing these complications at younger and younger ages. As a pediatrician, I am taking care of children with diseases that used to be considered only adult disease. This obesity epidemic threatens our children so much that this may be the first generation of children that does not outlive their parents.

In my practice over 41% of the pediatric patients are overweight. 50% of the teenagers are obese. Across the state, the highest obesity rates are in the low income and Native Hawaiian populations but all areas have seen an increase in childhood obesity. Obesity impacts every facet of our lives-not only increased health care costs, but even national security since many young adults are too overweight to serve in our armed forces.

The consumption of sugar sweetened beverages is highly associated with obesity. These beverages are the largest single source of excess calories in the US diet. Children and adolescents today derive 10-15% of their total calories from sugary beverages. These are empty calories with no nutritional benefit.

We need to make it cheaper to eat healthier by creating a price difference between sugar-sweetened beverages and lower calorie, healthier drinks. Research has predicted that consumption of sugar –sweetened beverages would decline 8-10% in response to a 10% increase in price. Studies have shown that a decrease in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages reduces weight and weight gain.

It is our responsibility to protect the public’s health. Major government interventions have been successful in the past, such as smoking restrictions, tobacco taxes, and air bags in autos. A recent random phone survey of Hawaii adults shows that 65% of respondents would support a fee on sugar-sweetened beverages to fund programs to fight childhood obesity.

Addressing the multifaceted problem of obesity requires policy and environmental changes that reach the entire population. A fee on sugar-sweetened beverages is not the only solution but since these beverages contribute greatly to the problem, efforts to reduce consumption needs to be a focal point in a comprehensive effort to combat childhood obesity. The revenue generated from these fees will fund programs designed to address other causes of childhood obesity and enhance childhood health.

We need to act NOW to improve the health of the children and adults in our state. Let’s make a difference and approve this bill.

Thank you for allowing me to testify.

Cristeta Ancog MD

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One Billion Rising Campaign – Waianae’s Event 2/14/13

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Join anti-family violence advocates on Valentine’s Day, 2/14/13, 3-6 PM, at the Hale Na’au Pono parking lot in Wai`anae.

There will be purple “kNOw More Domestic Violence” t-shirts available while supplies last.

 Please visit http://onebillionrising.org/ for more information, or email kgsyoung@hotmail.com or wnp-bfc@wccmhc.org

25th Annual ‘Aha Mele Ho’omau O’ahu 2/16

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Saturday, February 16th

Bishop Museum Lawn

4:30 – 8:30pm

Featuring LIVE PERFORMANCES

All proceeds benefit Hawaiian Immersion Schools!

Chief Justice Delivers State of Judiciary address through Youtube

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Hawai’i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald today delivered his biennial State of the Judiciary address on the Judiciary’s new YouTube channel.

It is the first time the speech has been delivered via social media.

“The tradition of Hawaii’s chief justice presenting a report to the legislature has been in place for at least 160 years,” the Chief Justice said. “We are updating that tradition for the digital era, and making the speech available to as broad an audience as possible.”

Information coutesy of:

http://www.courts.state.hi.us/news_and_reports/featured_news/2013/02/state_of_judiciary_2013_featured.html

Beautiful Illustration from our Intern Ana!

 

Our Intern from Macedonia, Ana, gave us this beautiful illustration from her home country: 

Skopje Fortress which is commonly known as Kale Fortress.

Skopje Fortress which is commonly known as Kale Fortress.

 

Enjoy reading about it’s story below:

 This illustration represents the Skopje Fortress which is commonly known as Kale Fortress. It is located in the capital town of Skopje анd it is situated on a high point overlooking the Vardar river and the city.
The first fortress was built in 6th century AD on a land that had been inhabited during the Neolithic and Bronze ages or roughly 4000 BC.
Sadly most of t was destroyed by an earthquake in 518. The current Fortress was built during the 10th and 11th centuries in the time of the Roman emperor Justinian I. Then it was used during the Otoman Empire and nowadays is a symbol of the town and then battles and victories proceeded from that fortress.
The use of the Fortress was mainly as a base in battles were most of the soldiers would hide and wait to attack the enemy because of its good strategic position in one of he highest points in the town.
Today it is one of the best touristic attractions because of its uniqueness and breathtaking view of the town.

– Ana Grozdev

Click here to view the post on our intern program: https://21maile.com/2013/01/31/doe-high-school-students-legislative-internship-pilot-program/

Kupu’s HYCC Gateway or Frontiers Program! Openings! Deadline February 28th

2013 HYCC GATEWAY PROGRAM (Summer Program)

  • TEAM LEADERS EARN UP TO $4,000 PLUS $1,175 EDUCATIONAL AWARD & POSSIBLE COLLEGE CREDITS
  • MEMBERS EARN $1,175 EDUCATIONAL AWARD & POSSIBLE COLLEGE CREDITS
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ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Kupu’s Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps programs offer young adults ages 17 and over the opportunity to receive hands-on environmental education, personal, team and leadership development, and the chance to work in some of Hawaii’s most fragile and beautiful native ecosystems. Learn more on our website below, or watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BODvaJ-6dPk

Kupu’s summer Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps programs are now open for application. They are perfect for young adults (17 and older*) who like the outdoors and want to have an unbelievable experience while getting involved in making their island communities better. Participation is free, plus members get $1,175 in educational money for school from AmeriCorps, and travel paid for including camping and in most cases off island travel. Programs are on all main islands in Hawaii and have been valuable in connecting young adults to service as well as helping them to develop a career pathway.

 *Individuals who are16 years old can apply if no longer in school.

Help spread environmental awareness and share this awesome opportunity with your classmates, friends and family!

To apply, visit:  http://kupuhawaii.org/ 
 
DEADLINE IS FEBRUAURY 28TH
 

Bus Schedule – Country Express Route C

Click image to see the entire Route C Country Express bus schedule.

Click image to see the entire Route C Country Express bus schedule.