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Choose Healthy Now Project

Awards & Recognition

In October, Hawai‘i’s First Lady Dawn Ige kicked off a weeklong celebration of National Food Day by honoring Castle Medical Center for being the first hospital in the state to implement the Department of Health’s Choose Healthy Now project. The event was hosted by Castle, together with the Department of Health, and was also attended by Lola Irvin, administrator of the Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division.

The Choose Healthy Now project is a worksite wellness program designed to encourage healthier eating habits among employees. At worksites that implement the program, a wider variety of healthy foods are offered to employees, and items for sale at the worksite are labeled, according to their healthfulness, with the three colors of a traffic light: green (for healthful), yellow (to be eaten in moderation), or red (best to avoid).

In addition, posters, e-mail messages, newsletters, taste‑testing events, and small incentive items remind employees to “choose healthy” when making their food purchases.