Inspiring Pacific Women for Lifestyle Change: An Attempt to Halt the Spread of Chronic Diseases

Palgrave Macmillan
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Global Sport-for-Development: Critical Perspectives, 2014, 1, pp. 216 - 242
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This chapter intends to acquaint the reader with the challenges and recent successes of managing health promotion programmes in Pacific Island Communities. In particular, it reports on programme logistics, on-site issues, opportunities and challenges for health promotion programme sustainability, limitations and success stories. The research-based lifestyle change programme Wokabaot Jalens (Bislama term for ‘walking challenge’), which was implemented in Vanuatu, serves as an example to describe our hands-on experiences; Wokabaot Jalens engages urban Ni-Vanuatu women in regular exercises and encourages healthy eating behaviour. Examples and experiences from neighbouring Pacific island countries are drawn upon to accentuate challenges and opportunities for health promotion programmes in this region. The presentation of this reflective praxis exercise is intended to aid future practitioners and/or researchers in programme design, management and evaluation.
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