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Beating Breast Cancer Before 40

By Craig DeSilva
The American Cancer Society released new guidelines this week for breast cancer screenings. The guidelines recommend women get mammograms starting at age 45 instead of age 40. Meanwhile, 1,200 women under age 40 die of breast cancer every year. Thirty-nine year old Makiki resident Christa Wittmier is beating the odds and winning her battle with breast cancer.

health DATE: 10/22/15

Festival Celebrates Kona Coffee

By Craig DeSilva
Studies show that coffee can help prevent type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, and dementia, and can also be good for your heart. This makes it all the more reason to get a jolt of java during the 45th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival November 6 - 15. The 10-day event is the oldest food festival in Hawaii and is packed with activities highlighting the internationally recognized Kona coffee brand.

food DATE: 11/06/15

Coping with the Holiday Blues

By Craig DeSilva
The holidays are meant to be a joyful time. But for many people, it can cause the “holiday blues.” Feelings of melancholy from the loss of loved ones or unhappy memories of the past often surface during the holidays. The holidays can also cause stress that affects your emotional and physical health. We have tips from a local expert to help beat the holiday blues.

health DATE: 12/08/15

Change Up Your Potluck With Ulu

By Craig DeSilva
Need something for your New Year’s Eve potluck but don’t want to make the same ‘ole potato mac salad? Try ulu. You can still make a salad. Just use ulu in place of potato or macaroni. Commonly known as breadfruit, ulu is a sustainable, locally grown starchy fruit.

food DATE: 12/29/15

Hit the Slopes this Winter

By Craig DeSilva
Are you a first-time skier? Here are some tips to remember if you're a novice snow bunny like me hitting the slopes this winter.

fitness DATE: 01/20/16

7 Sun Protection Myths Exposed

By Craig DeSilva
Here are the top seven misconceptions and facts about sun damage. Honolulu dermatologist Dr. Ryan Sato provides some expert advice on what you can do to help prevent skin cancer and keep a youthful appearance.

health DATE: 01/27/16

Healing Through Art

By Craig DeSilva
Veterans display their artistic talents in the annual Veterans Creative Arts Competition at the VA Center at Tripler Army Medical Center. The event showcases their talents in visual arts, performance, and creative writing. Veterans say art helps improve their physical and social well-being.

lifestyle DATE: 03/11/16

Kualoa/Hakipuu Canoe Festival

By Craig DeSilva
The annual Kualoa Hakipuu Canoe Festival celebrates the history and culture of Kualoa and its connection to paddling. This free family event is on Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kualoa Regional Park.

lifestyle DATE: 03/11/16

Color Your World With Feng Shui

By Craig DeSilva
Planning some DIY home projects for spring? Consider a fresh coat of paint to turn your home from drab to fab. And when choosing paint, consider colors to bring you good feng shui. The right color for your walls could bring more love and money to your life. Clear Englebert, author of Feng Shui for Love & Money, tells you which colors can bring your more balance and harmony.

lifestyle DATE: 03/19/16

Compassionate Caregiving

By Craig DeSilva
The Alzheimer’s Association, Aloha Chapter, will hold a free Caregiver Symposium this Saturday, April 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center (FILCOM) in Waipahu. The event will focus on caring for loved ones who have dementia. Pat Borman, M.D., director of geriatrics and palliative care at Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience Center, will give the keynote speech.

health DATE: 04/22/16

Finding Peace Through Beachcombing

By Craig DeSilva
Beachcombers say searching beaches for treasures is good for their health and well-being. It gets them out in nature, is good physical exercise, provides a sense of serenity, and gives them purpose through the act of searching for treasures. A network of beachcombers will attend the Seventh Annual International Beachcombing Conference, starting May 11 in Waimea on Hawaii Island.

lifestyle DATE: 05/09/16

Bruschetta with Tomatoes

By Craig DeSilva
Bruschetta means “to roast over coals.” Each region in Italy has its own way of preparing bruschetta – either topped with salami, sautéed mushrooms, or simply with olive oil. Whatever’s fresh and in season. My version takes a healthier route. I use whole grain bread instead of white. I also add some Mediterranean flavors, like olives and feta cheese. Make it for an appetizer or side dish in place of rice or pasta.

food DATE: 09/15/16