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                                Ala Moana Center’s iconic Big Santa Claus statue is seen at its usual annual spot at Ala Moana Center.
Column: How to prepare for a surge in RSV cases in Hawaii

Just as people are getting ready for the holidays, colds, flu and respiratory syncytial virus are surging nationwide, including in Hawaii. RSV is a virus with symptoms similar to the common cold. It is so common that nearly everyone has had it before age 2. Read more

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                                Keaton Evans, 15, (left) and his brother, Jett, 12, volley while at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki.
Column: During hot weather, hydrate before getting thirsty

Summer is here and days and nights are heating up. For some, the heat is simply uncomfortable. But for others, these higher temperatures can be detrimental to health, especially for those over age 50 or anyone getting exercise. Read more

                                Joannie Dobbs and Alan Titchenal.
Column: It’s important to learn about potassium iodide

There are more than 400 nuclear power plants supplying energy worldwide. But along with the benefits of this carbon-friendly energy source, nuclear power also creates radioactive iodine byproducts that can be detrimental to human health if released into the atmosphere. Read more

                                Four-year-old Bella Gilardy, left, wheels along on her scooter as brother Blake, 8, right, and mother, Moiliili resident Jenet Gilardy, back, follow at Ala Moana Regional Park in Honolulu.
Column: Step out of pandemic cocoon, enjoy outdoors and exercise

Spring is nearly here, and as we emerge from our pandemic isolation, it is time to make health and fitness a priority. After two years of a disrupted lifestyle, many of us need mental and physical boosts. Consider getting out and enjoying Honolulu’s natural environment to release internalized frustrations, tone up pandemic-­depleted muscles and lose some fat, all while gaining health benefits. Read more

                                Having a proactive plan and being willing to modify it is key to surviving COVID-19 and thriving during the pandemic. Above, commuters wear face masks in Tokyo.
Column: Surviving and thriving throughout the coronavirus pandemic and beyond

Viruses make some people sick but can be deadly to others, particularly those with a weakened immune system. This is evident with the flu and now with the coronavirus. Because COVID-19 cases are exponentially increasing with omicron and more variants are predicted in our future, maintaining a strong immune system has never been more critical. Read more

                                Adding tofu to a meal can add protein without the high cost of meat.
Column: Eat nutritiously while stretching your food dollar

Just a few years ago the eating patterns of America were influenced by busy lifestyles. For many, convenience foods and restaurant fare were more the norm than home-cooked meals made from scratch. With the pandemic and the increasing cost of food, we need to learn from prior generations of homemakers about how to stretch the food dollar. Read more

                                Walking at least 7,000 steps daily, about 3.5 miles, has significant health benefits.
Column: Get in step with reasonable walking goals that deliver health benefits

Virtually everyone knows that physical activity is an essential component of a healthful lifestyle. But how much and what kinds of activity can make a difference? Do you need a gym membership? Run marathons? Lift weights? Although all of these approaches have benefits, there is one valuable exercise that all of us do every day — at least, if we can walk. Read more

                                A couple wore masks with varying degrees while walking along Ala Moana Regional Park.
Column: Our pandemic lifestyle can create ‘perfect storm’ for eating disorders

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, health professionals have reported an increase in eating disorders, primarily anorexia nervosa that involves self- starvation, extreme weight loss and associated psychological problems. In many respects, pandemic conditions have represented a “perfect storm” for driving this surge in eating disorders. Read more

                                Good gut health involves eating foods that provide a mix of enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics. Prebiotics are present in fiber-rich foods such as fruit.
Column: Digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics key to nutrition

Good nutrition starts with consuming and absorbing more than 40 essential vitamins, minerals, protein and fat components. What sometimes might seem like a simple process involves many types of digestive enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics. Read more

                                Joannie Dobbs and Alan Titchenal for their nutrition column in Crave.
Column: Interactions among nutrients, drugs and medicinal herbs are complex

It’s common to turn to nutritional supplements, drugs and herbs to try to boost health. All of these options can be beneficial when used appropriately, but they all come with potential risks as well. Misusing or neglecting to check interactions between nutrients, drugs and herbs can cause irreversible health issues — even death. Read more

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