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Laulima Food Patch Named First Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant in West Hawai‘i

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Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i — November 7, 2017 — Laulima Food Patch is the first restaurant in West Hawai‘i to become a Blue Zones Project Approved™ Restaurant. Brought to Hawaii through an innovative sponsorship by HMSA, Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to lifestyle, environment, policy, and social networks.

 

Laulima Food Patch was created to offer food from scratch, using as much local produce and natural ingredients as much as possible to promote healthier lifestyles. The menu is designed to promote balance and controlled portions to weigh heavy on vegetables and less on meat. Laulima’s menu and vision aligns with everything the Blue Zones Project stands for, a focus on educating the community for healthier lifestyle choices.

 

The Wholey Protein at Laulima Food Patch became a Blue Zones Project Approved™ dish. The Wholey Protein is a locavore salad, packed with all local grown ingredients. The dish is on a bed of their house salad mix, mixed with wow farm tomatoes, azuki sprouts, tsukemono, black beans, dressed with their most deliciously addictive green goddess dressing.

 

Laulima Food Patch achieved Blue Zones Project Approved status by successfully adopting best practices that promote well-being, including:

-       Establishing strong partnerships with local farms island wide which allows the menu to showcase and share the nutritious local fruit and vegetables with customers.

-       Placing “education” at the core of everything they do to shape a healthier community.

-       Providing quarterly training and educational opportunities to staff.

 

“It is really important for Laulima Food Patch to be a Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant,” remarked, Bonita Lao, owner and chef. “Personally, I want to align myself with organizations that have the same passion and drive to create real change in our community. Working alongside the Blue Zones Project gives me confidence to encourage and promote better eating habits, leading to a better future that will challenge, motivate, and inspire our younger and older generations towards positive healthy change.”

 

To learn more about Blue Zones Project, visit hawaii.bluezonesproject.com.

 

About Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world—or Blue Zones®—with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 42 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 3.3 million Americans nationwide. The movement includes three beach cities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Blue Zones Project is a division of Sharecare. For more information, visit bluezonesproject.com.

 

About HMSA

Caring for the people of Hawaiʻi is our promise and our privilege. Working with employers, providers, government decision makers, and consumers, we aim to reach our Māhie 2020 vision of a community health system: a system to support the many health and well-being programs and projects that are already underway in our state. We reach out to people where they live, learn, work, and play, so we can empower each and every person to take control of their own health and well-being.

 

HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of Hawaiʻi’s population. As a recognized leader, we have a commitment to develop reliable, affordable health plans; support members with clear, thoughtful guidance; and embrace our responsibility to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.

 

About Sharecare

Sharecare is the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. The Sharecare platform provides each person – no matter where they are in their health journey – with a comprehensive and personalized health profile, where they can dynamically and easily connect to the information, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need to live their healthiest, happiest and most productive life. With award-winning and innovative frictionless technologies, scientifically validated clinical protocols and best-in-class coaching tools, Sharecare helps providers, employers and health plans effectively scale outcomes-based health and wellness solutions across their entire populations. To learn more, visit www.sharecare.com.

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