Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui delivered the welcome address at the Hawaii Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Plan Summit this morning. A diverse group of stakeholders, including representatives from public health, businesses and school educators attended the meeting. The PAN Plan identifies priority objectives to integrate physical activity and nutrition into the daily lives of the people of Hawaii. Physical activity and healthy eating helps prevent obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and some cancers.
In his address, he said:
“As a parent, my children’s health and nutrition as well as Hawaii’s children are some of my biggest worries. To learn that about one in three children entering kindergarten are overweight and obese is disturbing. There’s a growing consensus among public health researchers that attributes the rise in obesity to changes in our environment that promote increased food intake, unhealthful foods and physical inactivity.
That’s why our administration is doing everything it can to ensure that our youth is surrounded by healthy environments and healthy options.”