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Citation : Cassel KD, Braun K, Ka'opua L, Soa F, Nigg C. (2014)
Samoan body and soul: adapting an evidence-based obesity and cancer prevention program.
Qual Health Res 24(12):1658-72.
Abstract : Obesity-associated chronic diseases persist in Samoan populations in the United States. Samoans and African Americans share cultural similarities such as church affiliation, perceptions of weight and body size, and obesity-related health risks. Adapting an effective energy balance intervention originally designed for African Americans--Body and Soul--might be useful in reducing obesity among U.S. Samoans. To determine potential attractiveness and adaptations, we used aspects of grounded theory to analyze key-informant and focus group interviews with 31 purposively selected Samoans in Hawaii. We incorporated participatory features into the research with Samoan community members conducting parts of the study. From interview narratives, we identified relevant themes from Samoan culture, such as "fa'aSamoa", or the Samoan way, and specific energy balance activities to include in an obesity and cancer prevention intervention for U.S.-dwelling Samoans. Our findings describe methods to address health disparities by incorporating culturally appropriate health concepts into existing evidence-based interventions.
URL Link : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25212854
PMID : 25212854
PMCID : PMC4698459
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