Feasibility of an after-school group-based exercise & lifestyle programme to improve cardiorespiratory fitness & health in less active Pacific & Maori adolescents Research Completed

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Feasibility of an after-school group-based exercise & lifestyle programme to improve cardiorespiratory fitness & health in less active Pacific & Maori adolescents

Lead Author

C Raina Elley , Yongchie Chansavang, Brighid McCaffrey, Chloe Davidson, Ofa Dewes, Lance Dalleck

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University of Auckland

Publication Year

2015

Publisher

Journal of Primary Health Care

Contacts

CORRESPONDENCE TO: C Raina Elley, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, The University of Auckland, PB 92019, Auckland, New Zealand c.elley@auckland.ac.nz

 

 

 

Abstract

Obesity and low levels of physical activity are increasing among Pacific and Maori adolescents in New Zealand.

In this study, the authors assess the feasibility of a six-week after-school exercise and lifestyle programme to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, health and usual activity in less-active Pacific and Māori adolescents. The programme included three 1.5 hour exercise and healthy lifestyle sessions per week. Of 18 students enrolled, 16 completed six-week follow-up. The authors found that, at follow-up, improvements had occurred in estimated cardiorespiratory fitness, systolic blood pressure, HbA1c and weekly vigorous and moderate physical activity. Programme attendance was over 50% and comments were mostly positive. The authors discuss the implications of these findings.

 

Keywords: Adolescent; diabetes mellitus; ethnic groups; exercise; physical fitness; primary prevention

 

 

 

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