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Celebrate for Better Health in 2013!

<p>Don’t miss One Holistic Place’s Holiday Fundraiser, featuring Christy Bell, Johnathan Brooke and other great talent on December 7.</p>

Don’t miss One Holistic Place’s Holiday Fundraiser, featuring Christy Bell, Johnathan Brooke and other great talent on December 7.

<p>Rachel Allen, R.N., (2nd from left) with volunteers offering health screenings at the 2012 North Kohala Country Fair.</p>

Rachel Allen, R.N., (2nd from left) with volunteers offering health screenings at the 2012 North Kohala Country Fair.

The incidence of heart disease and other chronic health problems among Native Hawaiians is one of the highest in the world. One Holistic Place (OHP) of Waimea is trying to reverse this trend by integrating the ancient wisdom of Hawaii (that optimal health is a result of harmony of spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being) with modern medical science.

OHP offers opportunities to prevent chronic heart disease by providing health screening, community outreach and, in the future, seven-day holistic health camps for those at risk. The organization’s leader, Nurse Practitioner Rachel Allen, is part of a team to improve access to care and to research the effects of a holistic and culturally-sensitive approach to preventing chronic illness in the Hawaiian population. In the past year, OHP has offered free blood pressure screenings and Reiki classes in North Kohala. Allen will be offering complimentary blood pressure screenings at Waimea Urgent Care in the Carter Professional Center on Thursdays, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., November 29 through December 20.

You can help, too!

With the holidays upon us, OHP is ringing in the season with their second annual talent show fundraiser on December 7, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Kahilu Town Hall in Kamuela.

Funds raised will enable OHP to continue its community outreach to get out the “prevention” message. Allen said, “Prevention means being aware of your health risks and adopting healthy lifestyle changes like eating a whole foods diet, getting daily exercise, relaxing and renewing through guided meditation, healing touch, and Reiki, strengthening your green thumbs with gardening, and learning and engaging in cultural activities such as hula classes.”

Allen is hopeful that campaigns like Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” will put an end to childhood obesity within one generation. However, she said the sad reality is that US Health and Human Services, the government’s “principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans,” has been creating similar goals for the past 30 years with mixed results. The good news is that the public had become more aware of health prevention and has been given guidelines to follow. The bad news is that healthcare providers are not financially compensated by insurance companies for “going along with the program.”

So, OHP needs your support to help improve health disparities on the Big Island. “One organization cannot do it alone,” said Allen. “It takes a community to make a difference that will last.” If you want to help make disease prevention a priority, OHP invites you to their 2012 Holiday Fundraiser…

“Waimea’s Got Talent” Fundraiser

Performers including Christy Bell, Jonathan Brooke and Kira Ledward will entertain diners with a wide range of music, from Hawaiian and country, to rock and jazz. In addition to this star-studded list of talent, OHP will serve a healthy, delicious dinner featuring local Rib-eye steak and nutritious side dishes like mashed Okinawa potatoes, spicy garlic edamame and much more.

Tickets to “Waimea’s Got Talent” on Friday evening, December 7, are available in advance at Gill’s Lani in Kapaau or Hawaii Cardiology at the Carter Professional Center building in Kamuela for this fun, lively and health-promoting event.

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving

If you cannot attend the gala, you can still make a difference, as all donations, including in-kind, are tax-deductible through the North Kohala Community Resource Center. Contributions should be marked, One Holistic Place project, and sent to P.O. Box 519, Hawi, HI 96719.

For more information on her health prevention programs or the upcoming fundraiser, contact Rachel Allen at 756-3883, e-mail OneHolisticplace@gmail.com or visit www.OneHolisticPlace.org.