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                                Meghan Prout, right, works her arms during a mixed-level barre class at The Bar Method studio in Moiliili.

Bar Method workouts inspired by ballet

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                                Meghan Prout, right, works her arms during a mixed-level barre class at The Bar Method studio in Moiliili.

Updated on  May 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm
No ballet slippers, tutus or fancy footwork are required — and no dance experience, either — at The Bar Method studio in Moiliili. Read More
COURTESY JOEL SALINAS
                                Joel Salinas is a neurologist and clinical researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston who has mirror-touch synesthesia, a rare trait of heightened empathy that allows him to physically feel other people’s pain and pleasure.

Doctor’s rare trait allows him to feel what patients feel

COURTESY JOEL SALINAS
                                Joel Salinas is a neurologist and clinical researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston who has mirror-touch synesthesia, a rare trait of heightened empathy that allows him to physically feel other people’s pain and pleasure.

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 7:44 pm
Massachusetts General Hospital neurologist and clinical researcher Joel Salinas has mirror-touch synesthesia, a rare trait of heightened empathy. Read More
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                                Myles and Gina Yasuda with sons Zackary-Myles, left, and Bryce, right. The couple donated their remaining frozen embryos to Stephanie and Ben Hawkins of New York, resulting in daughter Annika, who is seen on Gina Yasuda’s smartphone screen.

Couple helps another by giving extra embryos

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                                Myles and Gina Yasuda with sons Zackary-Myles, left, and Bryce, right. The couple donated their remaining frozen embryos to Stephanie and Ben Hawkins of New York, resulting in daughter Annika, who is seen on Gina Yasuda’s smartphone screen.

Updated on  April 16, 2017 at 1:07 am
Annika Hawkins was born after Gina and Myles Yasuda of Pearl City decided to donate the “leftover” embryos from their in vitro fertilization procedure to a childless couple in New York. Read More
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                                Kaily Smitson works out at Kaia FIT.

Kaimuki gym specializes in fitness for women

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                                Kaily Smitson works out at Kaia FIT.

Updated on  April 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm
The Kaia FIT philosophy is built on the idea that camaraderie among women is a powerful motivator to achieving and maintaining healthy habits. Read More
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                                Kaliko Adams, pictured with his mom, Tricia Adams, has been named a 2017 Hero of Hope by the American Cancer Society.

Teen ‘Hero’ continues to help others beat cancer

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                                Kaliko Adams, pictured with his mom, Tricia Adams, has been named a 2017 Hero of Hope by the American Cancer Society.

Updated on  March 19, 2017 at 5:16 pm
Kaliko Adams was named a 2017 Hero of Hope by the American Cancer Society, a title that goes to cancer survivors or caregivers who have demonstrated a commitment to the organization’s mission. Read More
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                                Geoff Sato, owner of Dream Float, floats in the tank he received as a birthday gift. Sato offers sessions for a fee in his Aina Haina home. “Most people are just curious because it’s anew experience,” he said.

Float tanks help ease stress, pain, insomnia

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                                Geoff Sato, owner of Dream Float, floats in the tank he received as a birthday gift. Sato offers sessions for a fee in his Aina Haina home. “Most people are just curious because it’s anew experience,” he said.
A float tank, also known as a sensory deprivation chamber, allows users to shut out the world for a couple of hours, making for a totally blissful experience. Read More
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                                ‘Ekahi Health Center exercise physiologist Brett Miles takes Inder Mirchandani’s blood pressure.

‘Lifestyle medicine’ program aims to reverse heart disease

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                                ‘Ekahi Health Center exercise physiologist Brett Miles takes Inder Mirchandani’s blood pressure.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm
The ‘Ekahi Health Center offers a program that aims to reverse heart disease by focusing on four areas: nutrition, stress management,exercise and group support. Read More
 
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                                Kolin Galdiano drove toward the basket past Damien Memorial School President and CEO Wes Reber Porter at a basketball practice in December.

Educator maintains physical fitness with basketball

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                                Kolin Galdiano drove toward the basket past Damien Memorial School President and CEO Wes Reber Porter at a basketball practice in December.

Updated on  February 7, 2017 at 10:13 am
If you’re looking for Wes Reber Porter, you’re just as likely to find him in the gym at Damien Memorial School as at his desk. Read More
COURTESY HAPPINESS U.
                                Alice Inoue, left, founder of Happiness U., shares a laugh with staff members Erin Ushijima and Valerie Moriwaki.

Positive, upbeat attitude can help ensure lasting change

COURTESY HAPPINESS U.
                                Alice Inoue, left, founder of Happiness U., shares a laugh with staff members Erin Ushijima and Valerie Moriwaki.
Maintaining a positive mindset with New Year’s resolutions can help to deal with the challenges that come with starting something new. Read More
 
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                                Katja Bajema, foreground, engages with mothers at her weekly mom’s support group.

Moms and moms-to-be find support at Best Birth

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                                Katja Bajema, foreground, engages with mothers at her weekly mom’s support group.
New mothers need all the support they can get — a baby doesn’t come with a parenting manual. Read More
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                                Teem Triumph participant Flora Kobayashi exercised during a recent fitness session at Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio.

Group’s free park sessions aim to encourage people to exercise

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                                Teem Triumph participant Flora Kobayashi exercised during a recent fitness session at Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio.

Updated on  November 6, 2016 at 11:32 am
Teem Triumph, a group that offers free workouts on Thursdays at Central Oahu Regional Park, is trying to eliminate some of the obstacles that keep people from working out. Read More
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                                Kenneth David attends the Enhanced Fitness arthritis management exercise program at the YMCA. David works out six days a week, and part of his routine includes using strength-training machines.

YMCA fitness program eases effects of arthritis

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                                Kenneth David attends the Enhanced Fitness arthritis management exercise program at the YMCA. David works out six days a week, and part of his routine includes using strength-training machines.

Updated on  October 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm
The Enhanced Fitness arthritis management exercise program at the YMCA is designed to help older adults become more active and empowered for independent living. Read More