Program Priorities & Highlights
The Physical Activity and Nutrition Section (PAN) focuses on population-wide policy, systems and environmental changes to increase opportunities for physical activity and access to nutritious foods in Hawai‘i. PAN works with all sectors of society—such as worksites, schools, child care communities, and healthcare systems—so that Hawai‘i residents can live healthier where they live, work and play.
Why promote physical activity and nutrition?
Obesity is an epidemic in Hawai‘i, with adult rates more than doubling since the mid-1990s. Additionally, about one in every three children entering kindergarten in our state is already overweight or obese. The danger is that obesity can lead to chronic diseases later in life, such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. It is also costly to our society; each year, Hawai‘i spends roughly $427 million obesity-related health care costs.
Staying active and eating healthy food are the two main ways to prevent obesity and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Regular physical activity helps control weight and strengthens muscles, bones, and joints. Good nutrition is vital to good health and is essential for healthy growth and development of children and adolescents. To view the current national recommendations for physical activity and nutrition, visit: