July 14, 2017

Physical Activity among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

Albright CL, Mau MM, Choy LB, Mabellos T.

Pending PubMed Central Publication
Physical Activity in Diverse Populations: Evidence and Practice

This chapter reports as much racial/ethnic detail available on each Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander (NHPI) subgroup as possible. It discusses strategies to create more supportive community environments for NHPI. The primary goal of this small study was to determine the metabolic equivalent (MET) levels for the two different forms of hula, ‘auana and kahiko, as a way to compare hula to other forms of activities with established MET values. Another program in urban Honolulu focuses on promoting bicycling among Filipino, Native Hawaiian, Micronesian, Samoan and other youth who live in a low-income community. The Children’s Healthy Living Project demonstrates that it is possible to design multilevel interventions in a culturally appropriate way for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations. The PILI ‘Ohana Program was a culturally adapted intervention of the Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle program designed for Native Hawaiians (NHs), Chuukese and Other Pacific Islanders and delivered using community-based participatory research approaches.

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