Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Free seminar addresses exercise

A free seminar on the health benefits of regular physical activity will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 19 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel, Mauna Kea Ballroom.

The public and health-care professionals are invited to the event, "Exercise Is Medicine," featuring Dr. Marlon Rimando and Linda Giles.

Rimando, medical director of Pacific Health and Fitness Consultants, will explain why exercise is important and how it can be used to prevent and treat many common health problems. He will offer tips on how to design a safe, enjoyable exercise routine.

Giles, a personal coach and motivational speaker, will discuss how to stay motivated and follow an individualized exercise program. A program that fits someone's personal situation and preferences is one of the keys to success, she says.

The event is part of HMSA's Akamai Living program designed for members age 55 and older.

To register, call HMSA at 948-6398. Space is limited. Validated parking is available at the hotel. Self-parking is available for $3.

Free advice offered on heart disease

Residents concerned about preventing heart disease can get free advice at public meetings next week.

Dr. John Kristofich, Straub Clinic & Hospital cardiologist, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park. He will also speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 on Maui at Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Kristofich will discuss who gets cardiovascular disease and why and how lifestyle choices can help prevent it. He will also describe the effect of chronic stress on the heart and the importance of healthy interpersonal relationships.

His talk is sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. For more information, call 944-VEGI (8344) or visit VSH.org .

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Man hurt when truck hits pole and tree

A 30-year-old Honolulu man was critically injured yesterday on Farrington Highway after he lost control of his pickup truck, struck a utility pole and then hit a tree, police said.

The accident happened at about 12:53 a.m. near the Waipio Access Road. Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

The man was driving a Dodge Dakota pickup eastbound on Farrington Highway in the lane closest to the median when he apparently lost control, veered into the shoulder and struck a utility pole. He then hit a tree, police said.

The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was take to the Queen's Medical Center with head and internal injuries.


Collision with police SUV leads to arrest

A Honolulu police officer sustained minor injuries early yesterday after his stopped sport utility vehicle was rammed from behind on the H-2 freeway, Pearl City police said.

The crash happened at about 4:17 a.m., and the police officer was taken to Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi with neck and shoulder pains. He was later released.

The other driver, a 33-year-old man, was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital. After being released, he was arrested for driving under the influence.

Police said the man, who was driving a 1996 BMW sedan, hit the police officer's vehicle while it was stopped in a northbound lane near the Pineapple Road overpass to signal a road closure.

The police officer had responded to a vehicle that was on fire on the side of the roadway. But officials could not say whether the officer, who is assigned to the downtown police station, was on duty.

A motorcycle officer was behind the injured officer's vehicle just before the crash happened, but was able to leap out of the way in time, Pearl City police said. The second officer was uninjured.

The driver of the BMW was taken to Wahiawa police station, where he later posted bail, police said.

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