In this four-week, family-focused pilot intervention study, researchers studied the impact of culturally relevant nutrition and activity sessions on eleven children from eight Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) families. Mixed methods were used in analysis. In their favorite meal drawings, children included more fruits and vegetables at week four than week one, which was consistent with their self-reported intake of healthy foods that were new to them. From week one to four, mean total scores increased on the nutrition and exercise knowledge exercise questionnaire and the physical activity self-efficacy tool; however, the mean total score decreased on healthy diet self-efficacy tool, and two children moved to less healthy BMI categories. This is the first study on the impact of a family intervention on nutrition and healthy activity for NHPI children. Further studies are needed with larger samples and longer duration to determine the most helpful intervention for NHPI families.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Van Tassell, Kristin Kay, "The Impact of the Ohana MANA Challenge on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Children" (2014). All Theses and Dissertations. 5279.