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Developing programs for African families, by African families: engaging African migrant families in Melbourne in health promotion interventions

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posted on 01.01.2014, 00:00 authored by Jennifer HallidayJennifer Halliday, J Green, David MellorDavid Mellor, M Mutowo, M de Courten, A Renzaho
Obesity is an emerging problem for African migrants in Australia, but few prevention programs incorporate their cultural beliefs and values. This study reports on the application of community capacity-building and empowerment principles in 4 workshops with Sudanese families in Australia. Workshop participants prioritized health behaviors, skill and knowledge gaps, and environments for change to identify culturally centered approaches to health promotion. The workshops highlighted a need for culturally and age-appropriate interventions that build whole-of-family skills and knowledge around the positive effects of physical activity and nutrition to improve health within communities while reducing intergenerational and gender role family conflicts.

History

Journal

Family and Community Health

Volume

37

Issue

1

Pagination

60 - 73

Publisher

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Location

Philadelphia, PA

ISSN

0160-6379

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins