Walmart Wellness Day is Saturday

LIHU‘E — The Lihu‘e Walmart store is joining more than 4,600 pharmacies across the nation in inviting communities to get healthy during the Walmart Wellness Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ERSOY: Are you too old to start exercising, part 2

When we think of exercise we may often think of going to some facility such as a community center or a gym. Although if you are not able (or do not want) to go somewhere like that then there is plenty that you can do at home. Even if you don’t have any equipment, just your furniture or even things like water bottles or canned food can be used for your some of the exercises.

Campaign to reduce fall injuries kicks off

HONOLULU — The state Department of Health and the Hawai‘i Fall Prevention Consortium are launching a statewide campaign to reduce kupuna fall injuries. The campaign runs through July 17, and features new public-service announcements, tai chi classes, a tai chi instructor workshop, medication reviews for seniors, “Fall Proof” workshops and community presentations that focus on preventing falls among older adults.

UH study: Native Hawaiians more at risk for gout

HONOLULU — An analysis of nearly two decades of data revealed that Native Hawaiian study participants had more than twice the risk of developing gout as older adults, relative to White participants, a University of Hawai‘i study found.

ERSOY: The most misunderstood diet

I’ve been a nutritionist for many years but I still don’t even know how many types of diet there are out there. Almost every day we are hearing of a new “magical diet”, maybe even one that is actually really healthy and good for you. However, there is so much confusing information that it’s hard to know where to start.

Statewide kupuna spelling bee offered

HONOULU – Hawaii residents ages 60 years and older will have the opportunity to use their language skills in the inaugural Kupuna Spelling Bee presented by Alaska Airlines this summer.

Pickleball classes at Kalena Park start March 31

LIHU‘E — Iris Ijima, recently retired from Friendship House, is one of the pickleball students who graduated from the introductory pickleball class that meets at Kalena Park adjacent to the Lihu‘e fire station.

ERSOY: Spices are not just for taste

For most chefs, spices and herbs are a powerful tool to add taste, flavor and color to their recipes, but most people don’t know that they actually have many other benefits.

ERSOY: Immune health markers that you should know

How do you know if you have strong immunity? Having experienced a couple of very challenging years, many of us may be questioning our lifestyle and paying more attention to how we can improve our health. Immunity has become one of the most important biomarkers that we need to think about.