everydaytaichi lucy on Black Friday: Luk Tung Kuen Chinese exercise and non-instructional tai chi practice at Kilauea Park
everydaytaichi lucy renews her gratefulness on the eve of Thanksgiving 2015...her tai chi students, the Olelo team as well as 'Ekahi Ornish staff, but most of all, her family
everydaytaichi lucy's journey to improve health, 'Ekahi Ornish program, a health program to reverse heart disease
‘Ekahi Health’s $2M center opens to public
By Kristen Consilli
POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 18, 2015
KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM
Dr. Kevin Lum, medical director of the ‘Ekahi Ornish program at ‘Ekahi Health System, gave a tour Tuesday of the center’s fitness facilities. ‘Ekahi’s grand opening is today, but Lum said 12 people already have been enrolled in the program and have lost a total of 150 pounds.
‘Ekahi Health System’s $2 million, 10,000-square-foot preventive health center opens to the public today at Waterfront Plaza in the space formerly occupied by the Hiroshi and Vino restaurants.
The center offers a 72-hour, nine-week program licensed by the Dean Ornish Institute that focuses on reversing the effects of heart disease.
It is one of only two providers including Straub Clinic & Hospital offering the program developed by Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute.
Ornish is credited with helping former President Bill Clinton improve his health through lifestyle changes.
Before its grand opening, the center enrolled its first group of 12 people, who have lost a total of 150 pounds.
Some have reduced diabetic medications or gone off hypertension medicines altogether, said Dr. Kevin Lum, medical director for the ‘Ekahi Ornish program.
“A lot of people when they come here, their goal is to get off medicines. Hopefully we can give them all the tools they’ll need to go on and move forward with their lifestyle changes,” he said. “If we can decrease your medications and we can decrease your risk for heart attack, hopefully we can prevent (hospital) admissions later on in life. We’re hoping for a decrease in expenditures in the future.”
The program teaches participants to modify their eating habits, manage stress, improve their fitness regimens and strengthen their personal support system. Participants work in teams to reach their health care goals, learning how to exercise properly at an on-site gym; control stress with yoga and mediation; and how to prepare a low-fat, plant-based diet. Each session is roughly four hours and includes one plant-based meal.
Participants must have certain medical conditions to qualify for the program. For Medicare recipients, conditions include previously having a heart attack, bypass surgery or a stent used to create a passage in narrow or weak arteries. Those with commercial insurance must have certain risk factors: age and things such as smoking, a family history of heart disease, hypertension, cholesterol or obesity. Hawaii Medical Service Association is the only commercial health insurer participating in the program.
everydaytaichi 2nd REVISED Calendar for NEW Tai Chi Classes at Kilauea District Park, Honolulu, Hawaii
Current FALL session ends next week before Thanksgiving, between Nov. 16, Monday and Nov. 19, Thursday.
Registration for Spring 2016 program:
Monday Jan. 11 6-8 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday Jan. 12 & 13 2-5pm
Monday 5:30 PM Class, Level 1 (Yang 10 form)
Tuesday 9AM Class, Level 2 (Yang 24 form)
Jan. 26-March 29
Thursday 9AM Class, Level 1 ( Yang 10 form)
Jan. 28-March 31
Thursday 10AM Class, Level 3 ( Yang 16 form)
Jan. 28-March 31
From Jan 26 Tuesday, there will no longer be any Tuesday NON-Instructional Classes held at Kilauea Park from 9-10AM. We will use this time slot for Level 2: Yang 24 form in the smaller room.
Friday 9:15 Non-Instructional session will continue throughout the year for all who would like to participate.
REVISED Registration for Summer Program 2016:
Saturday, April 23: 9-12
Monday, Tuesday: April 25 & 26 2-5pm
Summer session in June
SAVE the DATE: Saturday, April 30: 3rd Annual World Tai Chi Day, Kahala Mall, center stage 9-11AM, followed by lunch at Happy Day.
NEW Travel Dates for 2016 Japan Alps Trip, May 16-24
Tai Chi Posture + Tai Chi Walk by everydaytaichi lucy chun at Kilauea District Park, Honolulu, Hawaii
Luk Tung Kuen (LTK) Chinese Exercise, Hawaii Kai Towne Center, Honolulu, Hawaii by everydaytaichi lucy chun
Ken was recognized for the many hours of service, volunteering with Olelo. He has helped with executive productions and tirelessly trudges with picking up and setting up camera equipment, trouble shooting for ALL of lucy's productions both in class as well as on shoots around the island if not around the world!
In one year's time he has logged in a hefty 328 hours!
His basket of goodies included the much needed supplies of all producers: a prized 128 GB flash drive PLUS a 16 GB SD card for him to take more videos of our tai chi lessons!!
Congratulations, Ken, we couldn't do without you!!
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