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(Tues., Feb. 2, 2010)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann joined the YMCA and Honolulu County Sports Commission today to announce Healthy Honolulu Healthy Together, a facilitator’s guide, which helps middle and high school students learn leadership skills and achieve healthy lifestyles.


            “Staying healthy and fit is a very important part of growing up, and we must work diligently and with purpose to educate and support our youth in this area,” Hannemann said. “Being well and fit in spirit, mind and body help our youth excel academically and flourish as contributing members and future leaders of our communities. Our goal is to distribute this important guide to as many youth service providers as possible.”


            Healthy Together is an extension of the City and County of Honolulu’s Healthy Honolulu initiative, which promotes the importance of healthy living, especially for Hawaii’s youth.


Healthy Honolulu Healthy Together, a facilitator’s guide, provides a comprehensive and innovative approach to working with youth in the areas of staying active, eating healthier and becoming mentors.


The effort began in 2008, when the YMCA received a $100,000 grant from the Honolulu County Sports Commission for a pilot project. More than 100 teens participated in the program, which included a curriculum to support healthy lifestyle choices, mentor training and physical and nutrition activities.


“Through the support of Mayor Mufi Hannemann and his vision for a healthier Honolulu, the YMCA of Honolulu was privileged to develop a program model that takes an important step towards addressing serious health and wellness issues, impact youth today,” said YMCA of Honolulu President and CEO Larry Bush. “Healthy Together is intended to serve as a tool to help teens make healthier choices in life, from surfing to appreciating brown rice!”


Graduates of the pilot program were named “Mayor Mufi’s Mentors” and met with the mayor in 2008 and 2009.


Healthy Honolulu Healthy Together is comprised of two components: lessons and activities for teen participants; and literature-based activity packets that were developed for teens to implement as mentors to younger peers. The lessons and activities are presented in four sections: Staying Active; Healthy Eating; Nurturing a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit; and Becoming Mentors. Each lesson is structured to assist the facilitator in goal setting, activity planning and guiding questions.




Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928