Maui County HEAL committees have a strong agenda for 2018

The Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Coalition for Maui, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi welcomes 2018 with some wonderful activities coming down the pike.

Maui HEAL Coalition has three main committees: Pōhai ʻAi Pono-Access to Healthy Food, Pōhai ʻImi Ala- Built Environment, Pōhai Wahi Hana- Workforce Wellness. Each committee has objectives, goals and activities in the works for 2018!

Our Pōhai ʻAi Pono committee is working to:

  1. Increase local fruits, vegetables, and healthy snacks in our school lunch programs;
  2. Increase outreach to key stakeholders to build capacity around food policy;
  3. Assist Maui Food Bank with forming a healthy food drive to create more opportunity for healthier food to be available for those they serve;
  4. Form a Food Council so that key stakeholders in the Maui food community can convene to propose and support policies that will create more opportunities for access to healthy food in the community.

HEAL will also be working with Blue Zones Project to support Malama I Ke Ola Health Center and their new Farmer’s Market initiative. Many members of HEAL have also submitted testimony to support bills that are going through legislation right now to provide healthier lunches in our schools.

Our Pōhai ʻImi Ala committee is collaborating with stakeholders, businesses, and landowners to:

  1. Build a system of greenways;
  2. Promote community awareness of built environment projects and benefits;
  3. Increase safe sidewalks in and around schools; and
  4. Initiate a Walking School Bus for schools that choose to participate.

HEAL will also be actively promoting wayfinding signage in Wailuku Town and other parts of the island and supporting the work that our partners, such as Maui Bicycling League and Chris Hart and Partners, are doing to promote the funding of greenways in the community.

Lastly, our Pōhai Wahi Hana committee is working to:

  1. Create a Workforce Wellness toolkit with resources;
  2. Promote walking meetings in local businesses and organizations;
  3. Support the Wellness Hui at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College as they work to build up the wellness opportunities on campus for professors and students; and
  4. Launch a new website later this year with worksite wellness resources.

Maui County HEAL coalition is excited to tackle the health disparities that affect our communities the most. We hope to maintain the excited, positive and productive energy from this going as we move forward with our action plans and the implementation of these activities for 2018.

For more information on the HEAL Coalition for Maui, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi, please contact the HEAL Community Coordinator, Lauren Loor, at lauren@hiphi.org.