Coalitions Working For A Healthier Hawai‘i Island.
Healthy Eating + Active Living Hawaiʻi Island
Hawai’i Island’s Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) coordinators collaborate with the many organizations working on access to healthy food, built environment, and worksite wellness strategies and programs to foster advancements in making Hawai’i Island a healthier place to live, work, and play. Coordinators are active in many hui including: Hawai’i Island Food Alliance, Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Council, Hilo Bayfront Trails, Hawai’i Island Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Island Rural Health Association, Hawai’i Agriculture Partnership, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Committee, and many others.
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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.