New program helps Hawaii families make healthier choices together

Sponsored by AlohaCare

AlohaCare set aside $5 million for a new program called Waiwai Ola to support primary care doctors and community-based organizations that want to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of Hawaii’s people. One initiative, led by pediatrician Dr. Theresa Wee, aims to treat and prevent childhood obesity.

Family is important in Hawaii and has a big influence on health. Dr. Wee’s program, “A Call to Action: Preventing and Treating Obesity in Hawaii through an Innovative Family Approach,” helps primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals address obesity in a culturally sensitive way as a family, helping them to adopt better health habits as a group. Since Hawaii has many multi-generational households due to the high cost of housing, Dr. Wee believes it’s important to include everyone in the family when addressing obesity, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even babysitters.

About Dr. Wee
Dr. Wee is a pediatric obesity health and wellness expert and has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Wee is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu and completed her pediatrics residency at Columbus Children’s Hospital at The Ohio State University, and an ambulatory fellowship at Columbus Children’s Hospital.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Dr. Wee has a strong commitment to serving the people of Central and West O’ahu. She is a strong community advocate, serving the Waipio Gentry area as a medical advisor for numerous pre-schools, elementary schools, and high schools.

About AlohaCare
AlohaCare is a local, non-profit health plan founded in 1994 by Hawaii’s Community Health Centers. Today, AlohaCare has over 70,000 health plan members. It is the third largest health plan in Hawaii. The company partners with nearly 3,500 physicians, specialists and providers in the care of members. It has over 230 employees located in offices on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui and Kauai.

Their mission is to serve individuals and communities in the true spirit of aloha by ensuring and advocating access to quality health care for all. This is accomplished with emphasis on prevention and primary care through community health centers that founded us and continue to guide us as well as with others that share our commitment.

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