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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 walk implementing a successful physical activity program among utah pacific islanders

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

disclosure
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]

focus groups
“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
developed country junk food is cheap abundant
Developed Country: Junk food is cheap & abundant

Lower income people have higher

rates of overweight and obesity

Sobal and Stunkard, 1989

national tongan american society healthy living in the tongan american community survey
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

body perception males
Body PerceptionMales

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

Stacy Van Arnsdale: Artist

females
Females

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

root cause of obesity
Body Preference?

Eating behaviors?

Meaning of Food?

Inactivity?

Beauty?

Laziness??

Cultural Values?

Root Cause of Obesity?

.

our survey showed three main feelings about food
Eating can reduce stress

Eating is a way to connect

with others

Food can represent caring and respect

Our survey showed three main feelings about food:
physical activity
Only 40% reported they engaged

in any physical activity

Among that 40%, most (78%) felt

they did not get enough exercise.

Physical Activity?
walk for life
“Walk for Life”
  • 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)
walking
Walking . . . .
  • 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
family fun time
“Family Fun Time”
  • 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)
family fun time continued
Family Fun Time, continued
  • 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.
thank you
Thank you!
  • 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.
contact information
Contact Information

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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