State Unveils Unprecedented Fitness and Health Campaign

Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona
Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The state unveils an unprecedented campaign to help Hawaii get fit and stay healthy. Hawaii's Department of Health today announced its first ever statewide physical activity and nutrition plan. Its aim is simple -- to get people moving, and eating well.

Compared with the nation, Hawaii residents rank as the 47th fattest.

But, today Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona says that's no reason to relax.

"The fact that we're below that average doesn't mean anything. So lets focus in on what we're doing here in Hawaii and where we stand, here in Hawaii."

The Hawaii physical activity and nutrition plan reveals in Hawaii, 1 in 5 adults are obese. Only about half get the recommended amount of exercise. And, only 25 percent eat 5 or more serving of fruits and vegetables a day.

"The message really is quite simple. Its about activity, its about diet, not necessarily being negative, diet basically just meaning what we eat," said Aiona.

Attorney Kelly Laporte is on his daily six mile run. He's happy about the new initiative.

"I think it's a good thing," said Laporte. "I think it serves us all if we all collectively get healthier, everyone enjoys their quality of life a little bit better."

He's committed to a healthy lifestyle, but admits its not always easy.

"Its tough, its tough. Things at work always have a little way of creeping up and taking precedence and that how you get paid . You have to make time, it's the only way to do it."

The plan also sets concise objectives and benchmarks.

You can check out the entire plan, @