July 20, 2007
Take It Off Hawaii winning teams will receive awards and prizes at Hilo’s Relay
Take It Off Hawaii is a 16-week challenge where Big Island teams compete for prizes
as they strive to lose weight, reduce their blood pressure, and successfully stop
smoking. In its first year, 26 teams and 163 participants are improving their lives
as they lower their risk of chronic disease. This exciting community wellness initiative
was launched on April 1 in Hilo at the WalkAmerica and will end with the Relay For
Life on July 21.
Participation in Take It Off Hawaii is free and open to the public. A variety of
activities were offered throughout the 16-week challenge, including a nutrition
class, a health fair at the Prince Kuhio Plaza with a measured-mile-walk, and several
charity walks. Take It Off Hawaii hopes to grow into an annual statewide community
wellness initiative and is sponsored by HMSA and several local and national agencies,
individuals and private businesses.
"The American Cancer Society – also a sponsor of Take It Off Hawaii –
invites everyone to come out and enjoy an overnight event of fun and fitness for
the entire family on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, at Francis Wong Stadium,"
says Cecily Nago, American Cancer Society program director for the East Hawaii Office.
"We are excited that Take It Off Hawaii participants will join us and we look
forward to celebrating the winning teams," says Nago.
HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.