OHA gives $382,000 grant to Queen’s

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - BUSINESS -

The Of­fice of Hawai­ian Af­fairs has awarded a $382,000 grant to The Queen’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter to com­bat obe­sity and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease among Na­tive Hawai­ians. The grant will sup­port the Hana Ola Project run by the Maui non­profit Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike and Queen’s to ed­u­cate res­i­dents about nu­tri­tion and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity through loi restora­tion, or­ganic agri­cul­ture, kupuna as­sisted liv­ing and the cul­tural prac­tice of pound­ing taro.

Na­tive Hawai­ians are ge­net­i­cally more sus­cep­ti­ble to obe­sity, di­a­betes and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to the Univer­sity of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. The pro­gram aims to pro­mote cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties that in­cor­po­rate tra­di­tional val­ues to “pos­i­tively im­pact health and well-be­ing.”

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