A smoothie bike

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Baron Toffan, 9, of Regina, Saskatchewan, pedals a Maui Blue Zones “Smoothie Bike” to blend a banana-mango-almond milk smoothie during Hawaii Medical Service Association’s grand opening of its “one-stop shop” center in the Pu’unene Shopping Center. The new, 4,200-square-foot center will include workshops for new parents, such as birthing and breastfeeding, infant CPR and gestational diabetes. The center also will offer community health resources, such as flu shot clinics, diabetes education classes and health education workshops, along with cooking classes and social events for young adults. Classes and workshops are open to both HMSA members and nonmembers. HMSA staff at the center can also help people navigate the health care system, pay their bills and shop for an HMSA health plan. Hours at the center will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition to Kahului, HMSA also has one-stop centers in Honolulu, Pearl City and Hilo. Holding the blender is Maui Blue Zones intern Christine Shokorian.

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