New Report Shows Low Physical Activity in Hawaii

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Despite our ideal year round climate, it appears more and more people and getting less and less exercise.

And a new study released by the Hawaii Health Department says it's costing an estimated $140 million in hospital charges.

Visit Kapiolani Park on any given day and it's nearly impossible not to find people running, swimming or simply playing.

But according to a first of it's kind report on physical activity and nutrition in Hawaii, these people are becoming more the exception, than the rule.

The goal now is to change the habits of everyone else, one step at a time.

"Think about your work day. When you want to take a break walk down the stairs and back up the stairs, that's 10 minutes," said Lt. Governor Duke Aiona. "Walk around the building, that's another 10 minutes whatever it may be."

According to the report, Hawaii's adult obesity rate has more than doubled in the past 15 years.

The key now is not only to get them back on track, but educate the children.

And understanding that focusing on only the three "R's" doesn't cut it anymore.

"There's a whole lot more information children have to absorb now with sciences and math and internet , but if we forget to take care of our bodies and only focus on those aspects them we will doom them to problems later on in life," said State Health Director Chiyome Fukino M.D.

State health officials will also work with island communities to help make it easier for everyone to simply get out and get active.

"Whether it's flying a kite or walking the dog or just walking up and down the street to but a newspaper. That's what we can do we can provide the opportunities," Aiona said.

The study also finds more than 75% of middle and high school students fail to consume enough fruits and vegetables.

The State Health Director says a proper diet, combined with 30 minutes of daily exercise can help lower rates of not only obesity, but also heart disease, stroke and even some cancers.