Three Coalitions Working For A Healthier Hawai‘i Island.
HEAL HAWAI‘I COUNTY
Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Hawai’i County is currently in its developmental stages learning about and from the diverse communities throughout the island, to understand their needs for healthy living. Our vision is to collaborate with the many projects and programs currently working on HEAL strategies to mobilize the community, and create changes toward a healthier place to live, work, and play.
Creating change takes many hands. Please join our vested group of individuals and organizations as we work to reduce obesity and eliminate health disparities through health awareness, education, and policy change by promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living.
Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network (HISGN)
The goal of the Hawaiʻi Island School Garden Network (HISGN) is to help island schools build gardening and agricultural programs that will significantly contribute to the increased consumption of locally produced food by involving students, their school communities, and their family networks in food production.
The Kohala Center established HISGN in September 2007 in response to the Island of Hawaiʻi food system report prepared by the Rocky Mountain Institute in 2007, which identifies the development and promotion of school gardens as an initiative that can substantially contribute to the development of a strong local food economy while helping youth with increased opportunities for health-promoting exercise and nutrition.
HISGN works with more than 60 of Hawai‘i Island’s public, charter, and private schools, assisting garden leaders, school faculty, and administrators in the creation and implementation of gardening and agricultural programs. The work of HISGN includes identification of funding opportunities and local agricultural resources, volunteer development, curriculum development, and professional development for garden and classroom teachers. Networking opportunities and events bring this important work to the community.