HSTA Blue Zones Project Kickoff

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) kicked off its Blue Zones Project Worksite wellbeing program at their Red Hill office with over 50 employees attending the event.

Setting the stage: HSTA Executive Director, Wilbert Holck; Sharecare-Blue Zones Project V.P., Craig Petty; and HMSA Senior Account Manager, Galen Haneda delivered speeches on the importance of workplace fun, friendship, and family.


HMSA’s “Green Team” brought tablets for employees to take Sharecare’s RealAge® Test. Pictured below, HMSA’s Alfonz Pratt measures a most photogenic participant’s blood pressure.


What would fun with friends be without food?! With a bit of natural movement, HSTA colleagues pedaled their way to plant-powered smoothies. I did a little demo showcasing a tasty tofu watercress salad.


Speaking of moving naturally, how cool is this rock climbing game? You can race your friend and even sabotage them by pulling their virtual leg!


I had the honor of forming HSTA’s Walking Moai® , a walking team that gets together for at least 30 minutes once a week for ten weeks.


Here’s one walking moai’s team showing how fun is done:


And another moai, not to be upstaged!

All in all, HSTA had a great kickoff!

Try the tofu watercress salad HSTA enjoyed at home with this recipe:

Photos courtesy of Sarah Schubert

Ashley Takitani Leahey is the  Statewide Engagement Lead for Blue Zones Project – Hawaii and is responsible for strategic marketing and PR as well as providing support for the efforts of the community teams. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Studio Arts from Loyola Marymount University. Upon returning to Hawaii, she completed her Executive MBA degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa while working as the Marketing Innovation and Project Development Manager at Sae Design. Ashley is now making great use of her experience and education to raise awareness for the importance of well-being in her home state. After being introduced to Blue Zones Project and its impacts, she energetically championed the effort in her hometown of Wailuku to bring the initiative to Central Maui. An active community member on numerous non-profit boards and co-owner of local boutique, Maui Thing, Ashley loves to spend her free time outdoors. Whether its tending to her dahlias in the garden or hanging at the beach, she loves her Vitamin D! She’s also obsessed with yoga (for a great at-home yoga sesh, check out yogaglo.com), arts and crafts, HGTV’s Fixer Upper and her chocolate lab!