Eat, exercise and hang out with happy people

This is Stress Awareness Month, Counseling Awareness Month and National Humor Month.

My goodness, April sounds like a tough month to get through! Could it be that for most of the country they are emerging after a long, cold winter and just taking stock of everything? Could it be because taxes are due? The other things that we should draw our attention to in April are World Health Day on the 7th, International Moment of Laughter day on the 15th and National Day of Hope is on the first Wednesday of April. So I guess that if you take a look at the whole month, it looks not so bad after all. For us living here on Kauai, we always are celebrating something good and April is no exception.

This month also features National Volunteer Week during its third week. Those of you who have read this column over the years know that I believe (and many studies show) that there are three basic principles to being truly universally fit and healthy. 

They are to eat healthily, to exercise strategically, and to surround yourself with happy, positive people. All these factors are important in assisting you to live an optimal life. Eating well on Kauai is not that difficult. We have a year round growing season and everyday fresh farmer’s markets. So we can put a check in that box! Exercising here is also easy. We don’t have an off season like they do up north on the mainland.

We can get outdoors all year long to enjoy the beaches and the surf, and we have some exceptional fitness centers, tennis centers and golf courses on the island. As far as finding nice people to hang out with— Aloha! This island has a global reputation for being warm and welcoming.

I found a warm and welcoming group of women here on Kauai when I first arrived some years ago.

The Mokihana Women’s Group is a group of likeminded individuals who gather to learn, and to help nursing and music students achieve more through the club’s fundraising programs.

Although the monthly meetings of the club feature expert guest speakers so that members are intellectually stimulated, the main focus of the group is to raise funds for nursing and music scholarships for Kauai’s youth who want to pursue nursing as a career or music at a higher level.

This year we all have an opportunity to help support the Mokihana nursing educational scholarship fund by participating in the 13th annual Golf Scramble on April 18 at the Kauai Lagoons. This event will also help you celebrate National Humor Week as you really don’t need to be an expert player — if you get my drift. Fun? You bet and if you’re a serious golfer that’s fine too, form a team and go for broke!

The fee is $115 per person and the entry fee includes greens fees, cart, practice range balls, registration gifts, and lunch on site catered by Contemporary Flavors Catering.

Registration on the golf date (the 18) starts at 6:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 7:30 a.m. This fun and fit event with good people and good healthy food (see it has all the parameters of total health and fitness) is a four-person team format and if you don’t have others to play with we will put you on a team, so, no worries.

It’s a great way to have fun, and meet some new and wonderful people, while benefiting the nursing students of Kauai. There will be lots of prizes and a silent auction at lunch and you can find out all you need to know about this event from Suzanne at 822-5425.

I hope that you come out and celebrate April. Celebrate health, happiness, humor and humanity. Aloha nui loa, Jane

Jane Riley is a certified nutritional adviser. She can be reached at janerileyfitness@gmail.com and (808) 212-1451, www.janerileyfitness.com

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