Free community health event on Friday

WAILUA — The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, in partnership with Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i, Project Vision Hawai‘i, Hale Opio and Kaua‘i Fire Department Prevention Bureau, will host a free community health event on Dec. 8 and Dec. 22 at Lydgate Beach Park near the campsites located by Kamalani Playground.

CHRISTMAS FUND: Man seeks assistance with housing

LIHU‘E — Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island will share daily, front-page stories about families and individuals (we don’t use their real names), who are facing challenges and would appreciate a little help this holiday season.

JONES: Thanksgiving for our buffet of blessings — from A to Z

The perfect way to celebrate this special time of year is to give thanks with a grateful heart while reflecting upon the miracle in the mirror. Surrounded by friends and family, we should all exercise gratitude today, one character at a time! Feast on the fun facts below, taking time to fully digest how you, and those around you, are fearfully and wonderfully made.

ERSOY: Vegan vs. Carnivore — which one is healthier? (Part 2)

With vegan and carnivore we have two extremes that are exactly the opposite way to eat. So which one is the best approach? I think that the only person who can answer that is you. In my previous column I talked about the vegan diet and what you need to consider if you choose to follow it as a diet or as a vegan lifestyle. Now let’s look at carnivore.

JONES: The agony of da feet and the thrill of victory

I wanted to attend your “Walk & Talk” last Sunday but, oh, my aching feet. I’m always standing at work and walk over 20,000 steps a day. I “relax” by running on the beach! It’s probably no surprise that I’ve recently developed plantar fasciitis on one foot, and it’s not going away. What’s a gal to do?

Free dementia care workshop on Wednesday

LIHU‘E — A free workshop on Wednesday will help caregivers with loved ones suffering from dementia how to better understand the condition and learn skills to deal with challenging behaviors.

Free dementia care workshop on Wednesday

LIHU‘E — A free workshop on Wednesday will help caregivers with loved ones suffering from dementia how to better understand the condition and learn skills to deal with challenging behaviors.

ERSOY: Vegan vs. Carnivore, which one is healthier? (Part 1)

Vegan and carnivore are both diets, or ways of eating, that are gaining a lot of popularity. Vegan involves consuming no animal products (and eating only fruits, vegetables, grains etc) while carnivore involves consuming only animal products (and eating meat, fish, eggs, cheese, honey etc).

JONES: Are you working out weekly or weakly?

Aloha, Doug. I read all of your stuff and you’re a pretty smart dude. I have a question about my weekly hikes, where my wife and I climb up and down a Kaua‘i ridge or mountain. Our hikes are very, very physical and can last 5 to 7 hours. You’d probably call them “Super Strenuous Stamina Scrambles.” Since we only do these once a week, I’m curious if this is a good thing or a bad thing for our fitness. This question becomes more important as we get older and you are just the right person to ask.

ERSOY: Can you eat too much fruit?

I don’t know many people who don’t like to eat some type of fruit. Most fruits are delicious, many of them very sweet too. But is it good or bad to consume fruit?

A happy, healthy half mile in Lihu‘e

LIHU‘E — The Healthy Half Mile in Lihu‘e got a shot in the arm on Saturday when parents and keiki from the Lihu‘e Court Townhouse were joined by Get Fit Kaua‘i and members of the Kapa‘a High School Interact Club in decorating the multi-use path connecting Lihu‘e Court and other close by apartment buildings with Rice Street.

ERSOY: How to use exercise as medicine (Part 2)

Exercise can be a powerful tool for disease prevention, but it is also very effective if you already have a disease. It can have positive benefits on your mood, help improve mental health, and can be an important must-have part of your treatment.

ERSOY: How to use exercise as medicine

You have probably heard many times about the benefits of exercise for improving your health and even reversing many existing health conditions. Food is information for our body, and exercise is a medicine for both healing and prevention. Understanding how to use this can be hugely beneficial, whatever you want to improve.

JONES: Keiki to Kupuna: Kaleidoscope of Kauai‘s Kau Kau

Aloha to all keiki and kupuna, from the not too old to the not so young, and to all the folks in between. I invited you all to tomorrow’s Super Sunday Sunset Stroll (9/3 at 6:00 pm), beginning near the Kapa`a Pool near Chicken in a Barrel on Kou Street. Bring some water… and some friends!!

Wilcox Health going to Kaua‘i Marathon

PO‘IPU — Wilcox Health is a major part of the success of The Kaua‘i Marathon and Half Marathon that is scheduled to run from 6 a.m. on Sunday from the Po‘ipu Shopping Village.