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Fitness at at Distance!

Thanks to our friends at HNN once again! Steve Uyehara Hawaii News Now Ekahi Health Watch and learn more about what you can do to stay in shape in the comfort and safety of your own home — with the new trend in fitness — fitness at a distance.

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We appreciate these "Wellness Wednesdays" posts from our local Hawaii KITV. They talk to representatives from Ekahi Health, a business that helps people drastically reduce the amount of animal products they consume. Ekahi Health is located at Restaurant Row in Honolulu.
: At 31-years-old, he had three strokes in just three months. Shawn Suzuki says it was the wake up call he desperately needed.

In one year, he lost 100 pounds, totally changed his diet, and began exercising right, thanks to Ekahi Health.

In honor of , he's sharing his story in hopes of encouraging others to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

With the awesome team over at Ekahi Health today talking about health disparities, access to care, total wellness, and health solutions in Hawaii!

This is such a great group of healthcare professionals!

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This morning, Robert Walker, program director at Ekahi Health, and Chef Marc Anthony Freiberg, owner of Green Apron HI, joined us to talk about World Heart Day and the Ekahi Ornish Program.
From a recent private walk... mahalo, Ekahi Health!
Mahalo to the Ekahi Health staff who took time for their own self-care and a forest bathing walk. Moving more, stressing less, eating healthily, and building better relationships are shared platforms for nature therapy and the lifestyle medicine program created by Dean Ornish, MD.
Love this! Letʻs make Peace next week (and every week). Take the Blue Zones Project - Manoa Makiki McCully Moiliili/ Ceeds of Peace challenge.
On Friday, I'll be guiding a walk for the staff at Ekahi Health, who are doing such good work in our community.
Shawn was over 400 pounds at his worst point, dealing with diabetes, lost feeling and ability to move due to three strokes. He’s now on a healthy path, dropping weight and going off medication, after graduating with the Ekahi Health Ornish and learning a plant-based diet and regular workouts as his program.

Join us for our upcoming Hawaii Young Healthcare Professionals Mixer on Thursday, September 5th at Ka Waiwai. Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Josh Green will be our special guest speaker and will share stories from his early career in medicine, his vision to improve health policy in Hawaii, and his thoughts on the future of our healthcare workforce. Register today at tiny.cc/HYHPmixer. Mahalo to our event sponsors: genKP, Ekahi Health, Blue Zones Project - Hawaii, & BAYADA Home Care, Honolulu, HI!
Question: Anyone have the recipe for the soy curls stew? It was so good I want to make it for the family! Thank you!
This delicious bowl from our pals at Ekahi Ornish Lifestyle Medicine has got us counting the clock to run home and make this for ! YUM YUM!

Ekahi Health Wellness and prevention programs helping to better manage chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes

Operating as usual


Now that you know why keeping a medication list is important, here is what we recommend including on your list:
☑️Name & dosage of medication, including supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) medications
☑️Directions of how you take the medication
☑️Indication - what condition or symptoms the medication is used to treat
☑️Start (and end) date of the medication. If a medication was discontinues, note the reason for discontinuation
☑️Optional: what the medication looks like
☑️Keep this list in your wallet or on your phone for easy access and give a copy to a family member


Do you have a medication list? A medication list helps your healthcare providers to:
+Know your history of trialed medications
+Check if you may have any chronic conditions
+Evaluate for drug interactions
+Determine appropriate treatments, especially for emergency room visits
Stay tuned for next weeks post to learn what to include in a complete medication list!


September is healthy aging month so here are some core tips we recommend to all, but especially to our kupuna:
+Get moving: Consult your doctor if you normally do not exercise or if it's been awhile before starting a new exercise routine. Doing house work, gardening, or anything that gets your body in motion counts!
+Maintain a healthy diet: Metabolism slows as we age so the body may require less calories. Focus on keeping fresh veggies in your diet and stay hydrated.
+Balance mind & body: Keep your mind active by reading the newspaper, solving puzzles, or trying new hobbies. Yoga or tai chi would help with both physical/mental flexibility and balance.
+Get regular check-ups & annual exams: Be attentive to your body and communicate with your doctors to the best of your ability.
+Surround yourself with positivity: Taking care of your mental health will help bring out the best in yourself.
Celebrate and cherish your kupuna every day!


We are pleased to announce that 'Ekahi Health (including the 'Ekahi Wellness team and Central Medical Clinic) has been officially acquired by Adventist Health Castle, effective September 1, 2022. We will continue to provide services as usual and our office remains in Kuakini Medical Plaza. Check out our previous post for the current services we offer. Both organizations share a mission of offering quality comprehensive medical care to meet the community’s need. Call us at (808) 777-4000 if you have any questions. 🎉🎉


We currently have 3 services available:
1. Diabetes Management - Our team of specialists work with your primary physician to create a unique care plan for your needs/goals
2. Medical Nutrition Therapy - Meet with a dietitian for individualized recommendations
3. Diabetes Education Classes - Online group education on diabetes, meets for 1.5 hours once per week for 6 weeks
Call us at (808)777-4000 for more info. Please note: we are located at Kuakini Medical Plaza (we are no longer located at Waterfront Plaza). Appointments can be completed in person or via telehealth. Contact your primary physician and ask to be referred for our services to initiate the referral process. We can assist you in contact your doctor if you wish. Eligibility for services depend on insurance plan.


Here are some simple tips that might help you in drinking more water:
1. Keep a cup/bottle of water near you
2. Set a reminder every 1-2 hours and sip some water
3. Drink water upon waking up
4. Add slices of fruit or herbs to your water if you need some variety
5. Track your daily water intake to help you maintain good habits
6. Challenge your family/friends to meet your water intake goals together
Bonus tip: Most bottles indicate the amount of fluid ounces it holds which helps with tracking your water intake.


There are so many benefits to drinking water and here are some of the most notable:
1. Improves mood & brain function
2. Aids in digestion & promotes regular bowel
3. Helps with kidney function & flushes out toxins
4. Improves blood flow & circulation of nutrients
5. Maintains balance of body fluids
6. Energizes muscles & lubricates joints
7. Hydrates the skin


It's the middle of summer and we want to make sure you are drinking enough water! 64 oz. (about 8 cups) is generally a good starting point for most people. Too much water can be taxing on the body if: a) you have conditions such as CHF or b) for those on dialysis. You may need to drink more water if you a) tend to loose a lot of fluid in the day (via sweat, diarrhea, vomiting, frequent urination), b) take certain medications that increase fluid needs, or c) have early kidney disease. Consult your doctor for more specific recommendations and stay cool!😎🧊


Having high blood sugar for a long period of time increases the chances of developing 4 diseases that can result in partial vision loss or blindness: diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, and cataracts. Treatments for these conditions may include injectable medication into the eye, surgery, eye drops, oral medications, and/or laser treatment. Keep in mind, some of these treatments cannot reverse damage and can only minimize further damage so take care of those eyes!👀


In early stages of diabetic eye disease, there are often no signs or symptoms of damage. However when symptoms do occur, they may include blurry/wavy vision, poor color vision, dark areas/vision loss, flashes of light, spots or dark strings (aka floaters), and frequently changing vision - sometimes day to day. Please contact your doctor if you notice any sudden changes to your vision.


Diabetes - and more specifically high blood sugar (bs) - can affect the eyes in the short term and long term. In the short term, high bs can cause swelling in the tissues that help the eyes to focus, which may result in blurry vision for a few days or weeks. If bs remains high over a long period of time, it can cause damage to the tiny blood vessels of the eye and may result in serious conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, and cataracts


This month we are spreading awareness about vision health, especially pertaining to diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults😱. If have diabetes, get an eye exam at least once a year since symptoms may not show in early stages of eye and vision damage.


Believe it or not foot health can reveal signs and symptoms of underlying conditions such as diabetes. If you have been experiencing any of the signs & symptoms, we encourage you to discuss it with your doctor.


It's great to test your blood sugars on a regular basis, but do you know what your target blood sugar should be? The American Diabetes Association - Hawaii recommends using these numbers as a reference.


Probiotics and prebiotics are both beneficial for gut health, but there is a distinction between the two. While both are available as supplements, they can be found in many foods.🧀🥒🍌🍓🧅


You don't have wait until your next blood test to estimate your A1C. You can estimate your A1C by using your average blood glucose and the equation below. Let us know if you have any questions, we are happy to answer!


Here's 5 moves you could do without any equipment while targeting your core strength and flexibility. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns about trying these moves.


If you need support mentally, emotionally, behaviorally, etc. please speak up and tell someone - whether it is a family member, friend, mentor, healthcare provider, or anyone else. Your health and well-being matters, not just physically. ❤️ Data courtesy of NAMI


It can be stretching, dancing, walking the dog, golfing, gardening, or something else that gets your body in motion - Any exercise is better than no exercise.


With a majority of Hawaii identifying as AAPI it is important for our community to be aware of the health disparities that exist in the AAPI population. Seek screenings and strive for early detection for better health outcomes.

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321 N. Kuakini St. Suite 813
Honolulu, HI

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 7pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 7pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 8am - 11pm

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