UH medical school's free health fair this Friday

Kaka'ako event emphasizes "Living Green, Living Healthy"

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tina M Shelton, (808) 692-0897
Dir of Communications, Office of Dean of Medicine
Posted: Jan 4, 2010

Health fair exhibitor
Health fair exhibitor

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine(JABSOM) will sponsor a free community health fair on Friday, January 8, at the medical school’s Kaka‘ako campus at 651 Ilalo Street, (adjacent to Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park) from 12 noon until 3 p.m.

The fair is organized annually by the school’s first and second year medical students and offers free blood pressure, BMI, glucose and other health screenings, plus more than 50 vendors. There will also be door prizes and free samples of nutritional items from local health food stores. Medical school faculty (licensed medical doctors) from JABSOM’s Department of Complementary and Alternative Medicine will demonstrate the alternative healing procedures which are available to the public year-round at the school’s Wellness Center. The healing arts include acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine (the traditional medicine of India), Native Hawaiian Healing, Chinese and Herbal Medicine, nutrition counseling and massage.

This year’s theme is “Living Green, Living Healthy”; appropriate since JABSOM’s Medical Education Building is an officially-recognized “Green Building” noted for energy efficient features including Honolulu's first sea-water cooling system. The health fair will feature a talk about “The Health and Wealth Benefits of Green Building” by UH Manoa’s Sustainability Coordinator, Shanah Trevenna.

Keynote speaker Dr. Terry Shintani will discuss tips he has written about in his popular books, “The Hawai‘i Diet” and “Eat More, Weigh Less Diet”. Dr. Shintani, an expert in lifestyle medicine, is the associate chair of the Department of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. His motivational lecture, at 2 p.m., will be in the Medical Education Building’s Auditorium.

Admission is free, thanks to generous support from community sponsors Kaiser Permanente, Aloha Care, The Queen's Medical Center, The McGuire Fund, and the participating fair vendors. Parking is available in on-street city meters along Ilalo Street, as well as in the medical school’s Visitor Parking Lot C, for a fee of $4.00. The health fair is centered on the first floor of the Medical Education Building, at 651 Ilalo Street.


For more information, visit: http://jabsom.hawaii.edu