Thursday, November 1, 2012

Utah Pacific Islander Health Week 2012

Governor Herbert has declared Nov. 11 - 17 as "Utah Pacific Islander Health Week" in an effort led by the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition to raise awareness and work toward solutions to the serious health issues that Utah's Pacific Islander communities face.

The week starts off with a "Talanoa Series" community discussion featuring Biggest Loser contestants, Sione and Filipe Fa (Sunday, Nov. 11; 7pm at the Pacific Heritage Academy) and the UT PI Health Week Kick-Off Celebration, featuring all-day free admission to the swimming pool and recreational/fitness facilities at the Sorenson Multicultural Center, as well as family-friendly activities, health resources, free flu shots and free food from 5:30-8:30pm (Monday, Nov. 12).

Pacific Islander health-related activities are scheduled throughout the week, including EMZ Zumba/Island Fitness celebration (with Sinai Pauni and Netta Lealaitafea; Monday, Nov. 12, 5:30 AM @ Sorenson Center), World Diabetes Day march (featuring Malialole drummers; Wednesday, Nov. 14, 10:30 AM @ Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Great American Smokeout (sponsored by the Queen Center/Island Teens Against Tobacco, Thursday, Nov. 15), and the MANA Fitness Challenge finale (Saturday, Nov. 17).

Please check for updates at, or contact Jake Fitisemanu, Jr. (, Joyce AhYou ( or Fahina Tavake-Pasi ( to get involved, sponsor the initiative, or reserve booth space at the Kick-Off Celebration.

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