HMSA Foundation: Caring for the Health of Our Keiki
HMSA Foundation generously donated over $42,000 to launch the E Mālama Ke Kino (Health and Wellness) program at St. Andrew’s Schools. E Mālama Ke Kino is now incorporated into the school’s curriculum to teach children to live a balanced, healthy life and practice the skills to become productive, fulfilled community members.
“It is imperative for children to be educated from an early age about the benefits of physical activity and nutrition, and encouraged to actively apply that learning in their daily lives,” said Sophie Halliday, Director of Educational Programs at St. Andrew’s Schools. “Research highlights the connection between nutrition, physical activity, and academic achievement. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the quality of food that children eat, the amount of physical activity that children engage in, and a student’s fitness level have profound impacts on their academic achievement and executive function abilities. We want to teach our students these skills early on so their practice becomes habit.”
Activities planned for the school’s health and wellness program include gardening of fruits and vegetables, nutritional cooking classes for families, physical education, field trips, and the social-emotional practice of mindfulness.
E Mālama Ke Kino seeks to create a powerful and symbiotic learning and living community, one that will ensure our students’ health now and far into the future. St. Andrew’s Schools is pleased to partner with the HMSA Foundation and Kapiʻolani Community College to teach its students the practice of healthy lifestyle and behaviors at the school’s oasis location in downtown Honolulu.