Taking a proactive approach by raising awareness, stimulating action, and impacting systems and circumstances that can affect the health of our community members
Empowering community members to practice a growth mindset by exploring opportunities within challenges
Building on individual and collective strengths and maximizing local assets to create resilience and forward momentum
Raising health literacy and self-efficacy with evidence-based methods to optimize physical, mental and social health
Practicing a wholistic approach to wellness, emphasizing 'skills over pills' for long-term solutions
Chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol, and obesity are the most prevalent and leading contributors to death in the world. Fortunately, they are also preventable health problems.
Where do the Hilo
, Puna, and Ka'u communities of East Hawaii Island
stand in terms of chronic conditions?
Below is a health snapshot of East Hawaii Island that helps us set priority areas and measure program outcomes.
(Source: 2019-2020 BRFSS)
One out of every 4 adults in Hilo, Puna and Ka'u have been diagnosed with three or more chronic health conditions.
8% of East Hawaii Island adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, 16% with prediabetes, and an additional 49% feel they are at risk of developing the disease.
While heart diease is the leading cause of death, only 4% of adults have this diagnosis making it true ticking time bomb for those who do not modify their behavior.
Nearly one third of adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure but only 41% of them have made necessary healthy behavior changes.
Unhealthy LDL cholesterol and fats in the bloodstream are top risk factors for a heart attack. Over a quarter of adults have high unhealthy cholesterol.
Trauma, often during childhood, is a risk factor for nearly all mental health disorders. One in 5 adults experienced 4 or more adverse childhood events linked to risk of poor mental health in adulthood. 13% of adults had a diagnosed depressive disorder.
Being overweight or obese (BMI >25) is a key indicator and componding factor of many chronic conditions. Nearly two thirds of adults are overweight or obese in Hilo, Puna and Ka'u.
Diet and exercise can help prevent or reverese chronic conditions. Only 16% of adults eat 5+ daily servings of fruits and vegetables and less than a quarter get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
Your donations support community-based programs to prevent chronic conditions in the Hilo, Puna and Ka'u Districts on East Hawaii Island.
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