May 25, 2007
Take It Off Hawaii participants will hit the ground running at EMS Run/Walk
"Take It Off Hawaii" is a 16-week challenge where teams of five or more
people compete for prizes as they strive to lose weight, reduce their blood pressure
and successfully stop smoking. To date, there are 26 teams and a total of 163 participants
registered for Take It Off Hawaii who are ready to change their life for the better,
and lower their risk of chronic disease. This exciting community wellness initiative
was launched on April 1 at the WalkAmerica and will end with the Relay For Life
on July 21 and 22.
"The Hawaii Fire Department invites everyone to come out and enjoy a morning
of fun and fitness for the entire family on Sunday, May 27, at Liliuokalani Park,"
says Firefighter/Mobile Intensive Care Technician Jesse Ebersole. This year, proceeds
from the EMS Run/Walk will benefit will benefit the Easter Seals of Hawaii’s
Early Intervention Services program. "We are excited that Take It Off Hawaii
participants will join us in their efforts to achieve their health goals,"
Take It Off Hawaii is a collaboration of local agencies and individuals in the Big
Island community, and includes a series of education and exercise activities that
encourage healthy lifestyle choices. A healthy community starts with healthy people,
and to be healthy, people need information, education and motivation. Take It Off
Hawaii aims to provide just that.
HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.