ULANA: a Podcast by Blue Zones Project

How does your social and physical environment affect your well-being? This is a podcast that navigates through sections of our social determinants of health. We‘ll share successful examples and inspiration pulled from Blue Zones Project partners across Hawai‘i. Blue Zones Project and this podcast are brought to Hawai‘i by HMSA.

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Episode 5: Economy

Monday Nov 22, 2021

Monday Nov 22, 2021

Former Blue Zones Project - Engagement Lead, Molly Mamaril, talks about healthy economies with Pono Shim, storyteller, teacher, and CEO of O‘ahu Economic Development Board. A Mānoa community leader, Pono spent the last three years serving as a Blue Zones Project leadership team member, encouraging healthy changes throughout the places we live, work and play. Pono dives into the direct correlation between health and economics on a personal and collective level.

Episode 4: Education

Monday Nov 15, 2021

Monday Nov 15, 2021

In today’s episode, Blue Zones Project - Program Manager, Joslyn Sato, talks education with Mark Arinaga, a passionate, Wahiawā school champion with over 30 years of experience in Hawai‘i’s education system. Mark shares how their community launched a successful wellness model focused on youth.

Monday Nov 08, 2021

In today’s episode, former Blue Zones Project - Engagement Lead, Jade Iokepa, talks social and community context with Kerrine Smith, Social Emotional Learning Resource Teacher for the Ka‘u-Kea‘au-Pāhoa (KPP) Complex on Hawai‘i Island. Kerrine shares how our relationships and connections affect our health.

Episode 2: Healthcare

Monday Nov 01, 2021

Monday Nov 01, 2021

Blue Zones Project - Sr. Manager of Worksite Well-Being, Kelsie Cajka, talks access to healthcare and focuses on preventative practices with Susan Murray, SVP Queen's Health System, Chief Operations Officer West O‘ahu at The Queen's Medical Center. Susan explains the direct correlation between staff well being and patient care with some extraordinary outcomes that have made their worksite efforts well worth it.

Monday Oct 25, 2021

In today’s episode, former Blue Zones Project - Engagement Lead, Kaimana Brummel, talks neighborhood and built environment with Rowena Dagdag-Andaya, Director of Public Works for the County of Maui. Rowena explains how designing your neighborhood with health in mind can deeply impact the safety and well-being of everyone who lives there.

Saturday Oct 23, 2021

Welcome to ULANA: A Podcast by Blue Zones Project! Brought to Hawai‘i by HMSA, our Blue Zones Project - Hawai‘i team has worked with over 1,000 organizations and engaged with over 110,000 individuals since launching in 2015. This podcast navigates through the 5 elements of social determinants of health. We’ll be chatting with well-being champions across Hawai‘i to talk story about how our social and physical environments can affect health outcomes. We hope you’ll stick around, maybe listen to these episodes while you're on a walk, and learn how YOU can make small nudges in your life to live longer, better. Mahalo for listening and here’s to a healthier and happier Hawai‘i!


Blue Zones Project - Hawai‘i

Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative that helps make healthy choices easier for everyone in Hawai‘i. When our entire community participates, the small changes contribute huge benefits for all of us: lowered healthcare costs, improved productivity, and a higher quality of life.

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