Column: Omicron variant could bring more uncertainty in 2022

As 2022 approaches we face extraordinary uncertainty. There’s a prospect of a fifth surge as news of omicron, a multifaceted mutation, possibly the most contagious yet, has already stimulated fresh travel bans. The economy is also proving hard to navigate. News of the latest mutation quickly hit the capital markets last week. Pandemic rescue funds have triggered inflation, and supply chain disruptions make for an uneven recovery. Hawaii’s visitor industry is working to implement a more sustainable strategy, but repeated changes in rules for travelers are unsettling. Following COP26, efforts to curb planetary warming continue, yet weather and sea level rise remain a major concern here in the islands.

Column: Get in step with reasonable walking goals that deliver health benefits

Virtually everyone knows that physical activity is an essential component of a healthful lifestyle. But how much and what kinds of activity can make a difference? Do you need a gym membership? Run marathons? Lift weights? Although all of these approaches have benefits, there is one valuable exercise that all of us do every day — at least, if we can walk.

Column: Interactions among nutrients, drugs and medicinal herbs are complex

It’s common to turn to nutritional supplements, drugs and herbs to try to boost health. All of these options can be beneficial when used appropriately, but they all come with potential risks as well. Misusing or neglecting to check interactions between nutrients, drugs and herbs can cause irreversible health issues — even death.

Wealth of Health: Optimize your wellness in a post-pandemic world

COVID-19 case rates continue to taper, restrictions are being lifted and tourists are returning in droves. Roughly $4 trillion in rescue funds has been injected into the economy with as much again on the table for the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan. As we face challenges of the new normal, how do we optimize health at a personal, social, environmental and economic level?