Staying healthy

LIHUE — Nanette Wall quietly sat in a chair as activity bristled around her Wednesday at the health and wellness fair at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Johnny Yago of the county’s Agency on Elderly Affairs led the crowd, many representing the more than 65 participating vendors and opting to exercise in-place. Wall tentatively joined the crowd, urged on by the laughter and buzz of conversation stirred by the exercises.

A smile appeared and grew into full bloom as Wall worked the routine while seated.

“I used to boogey when I tended bar,” Wall said, her body still going through exercise routines. “That was before I had my surgery in Honolulu. I just moved here and this is my first health fair. It’s really nice.”

Theresa Koki of the Life’s Choices program said the health fair was the biggest one yet, and presented as part of National Recovery Month and Women’s Health Month.

Brian Kohatsu of the Kauai Drug Court said they will be hosting their next graduation on Nov. 17.

Qjuesa Padamada of the state’s Department of Health, Kauai District Health Office, said Fall Prevention Month is being observed in September.

Falls are the second-leading cause of spinal cord injury. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries followed by falls, acts of violence, and sports and recreation activities. They costs about $40.5 billion, annually.

“This island has so many things to do for such a small place,” Wall said.

Edie Ignacio Neumiller of the Kauai Committee on the Status of Women said the organization, along with four community partners — the American Cancer Society, the YWCA of Kauai, HMSA, and Wilcox Medical Center — will be hosting its Paint the Town Pink Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oct. 4 starting with the mayor presenting a proclamation at 11:15 a.m. and the walk to the Wilcox Medical Center and back to the Moikeha Building starting at 11:45 a.m.

The Kauai Fire Department also has shirts with pink lettering to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with certain days designated when its personnel will wear these shirts.

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