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Walking the Walk Implementing a Successful Physical Activity Program Among Utah Pacific Islanders. Ivoni Nash, Presenter Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Brenda Ralls, PhD National Tongan American Society Salt Lake City, Utah Third National Leadership Summit

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Walking the WalkImplementing a Successful Physical Activity Program Among Utah Pacific Islanders

Ivoni Nash, Presenter

Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Brenda Ralls, PhD

National Tongan American Society

Salt Lake City, Utah

Third National Leadership Summit

on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health

February 25-27, 2009

National Harbor, MD


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Disclosure

In the past 12 months, I have had no relevant financial relationship with a commercial organization which produces health-care products or services.

Name: Ivoni Nash

Email: [email protected]


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“We, Pacific Islander immigrants, bring our traditions.”

“Having to comply to a diet is against what we think life really is.”

“Exercise! I worked hard in Tonga, I come to America to rest”

Focus Groups



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Developing Country: Food is Scarce

Sobal & Stunkard, 1989



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Beauty in Developed Countries


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Developed Country: Junk food is cheap & abundant

Lower income people have higher

rates of overweight and obesity

Sobal and Stunkard, 1989


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National Tongan American Society“Healthy Living in the Tongan American Community Survey”

● Respondents

● n=390

■ Criteria

■ Adult (18 years and older)

■ Pacific Islander

■ Utah Resident

▲Recruitment

▲ Churches

▲ Festivals

▲ Community sites (senior centers, pool hall, laundry mat, etc.)

▲ Homes

▲ E-mail




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Body Perception 2008Males

Both males and females selected leaner males ( #1 and #2) as the most attractive and healthiest males

Stacy Van Arnsdale: Artist


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Females 2008

But both males and females selected leaner and slightly heavier females ( #1, #2, and #3) as the most attractive and healthiest females

Stacy Van Arnsdale: Artist


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Body Preference? 2008

Eating behaviors?

Meaning of Food?

Inactivity?

Beauty?

Laziness??

Cultural Values?

Root Cause of Obesity?

.


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Eating can reduce stress 2008

Eating is a way to connect

with others

Food can represent caring and respect

Our survey showed three main feelings about food:


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Only 40% reported they engaged 2008

in any physical activity

Among that 40%, most (78%) felt

they did not get enough exercise.

Physical Activity?


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“Walk for Life” 2008

  • Location: Urban park in Salt Lake City

  • Moved to shopping mall during winter – close to community

  • No pressure: Walk at own pace (with seats available for resting)


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Walking . . . . 2008

  • Focus is on women (and children to get parents out)

  • Walking provides socialization opportunities

  • NTAS provides materials (reading, meters, water)

  • Miss Tonga Utah is a mentor for the Walk



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“Family Fun Time” 2008

  • Adapted from “Strengthening the Family” Program

  • Worked with a church to conduct pilot program

  • Included the whole family

  • Provided only healthy snacks (fruit, whole-wheat)


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Family Fun Time, continued 2008

  • Exercise vs. family games (sock throwing, red-light green-light, tickle/protect family member, balloon popping)

  • Used pedometers to track steps per family

  • Produced a booklet with types of games that can be used by the families.


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Thank you! 2008

  • Obesity project funded by Health Through Action, a community investment initiative from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

  • Family Fun Time project funded by Diabetes Prevention and Control Department of Utah Department of Health.


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Contact Information 2008

Ivoni Nash

Fahina Tavake-Pasi

National Tongan American Society

3007 S. West Temple

Building J, Suite 7

Salt Lake City, UT 84115

(801) 467-8712

[email protected]


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