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Parents urged to discuss tattoo risks with teenagers

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs
As a good parent, you had the talks about sex, alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, etc., with your college-bound teenager. But did you have the tattoo talk? There is more to think about than just appearance issues.

Proper nutrition is vital before and after surgery

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs
Surgeons know that a well-nourished patient is much more likely to have a short hospital stay, experience fewer complications and be a success story.

Prepare your survival kit with focus on dietary needs

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs
You likely heard about the predicted five to eight tropical cyclones expected to affect the Central Pacific region this year from June through November. This is almost double the annual average. So if you still haven’t prepared a natural disaster survival kit, now is a good time.

Families’ communication could be a factor in health

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs
We are all dealt a unique genetic “deck of cards” that determines our strengths and weaknesses relating to health and disease risks. As a group, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease than those of European or Asian heritage.

Nutrient needs are greater as kids move to adolescence

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs
The transition from childhood to adolescence brings with it many challenges. Hormonal changes along with rapid growth place new demands on both calorie and nutrient needs.

Adequate protein intake ensures weight lost is fat

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs
Everyone knows that eating excess calories increases body fat, and calories come from carbohydrates, fat, protein or alcohol. But the amounts of these calorie sources matter when it comes to getting fat, losing fat or maintaining a healthy body composition.

Expecting, lactating moms should boost iodine intake

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs
It is estimated that about 1 out of 3 pregnant women in the U.S. are at least marginally iodine deficient. It is not so clear how marginal iodine deficiency in the mother affects brain development of the fetus during pregnancy and in the infant during breast-feeding.

Nutrient deficiency can lead to multiple problems

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs
Individual nutrients are too often overly simplified as having one or two functions in the body. This is even the case in many nutrition and medical textbooks. A lack of awareness of the multiple functions of a nutrient can result in serious health problems that actually have an easy fix.

Maui leads the way toward greater food resiliency

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs
The recent tropical cyclone devastation in Vanuatu demonstrated the vulnerability of living on islands. With Hawaii being the most geographically isolated islands in the world, clearly we are vulnerable to similar natural disasters.

Sustainability must meet supply and nutrient needs

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs
Last week University of Hawaii President David Lassner signed an executive policy regarding sustainability. This student-initiated policy shows that sustainability is more than a fad and that the university has set a number of significant goals, including carbon neutrality by 2050 and a commitment to sustainability at all levels of operations and education.

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