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The effectiveness of circuit-based exercise in Cook Islands communities

36 months
Approved budget:
Dr Troy Ruhe
Health issue:
Physical activity/exercise
Proposal type:
Pacific Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
The proposed research is a physical activity intervention that will take place in Cook Island communities of both New Zealand and within the Cook Islands. The development of a physical activity programme which comprises movements of traditional Cook Islands daily activities of food gathering and preparation has been piloted to test the feasibility and acceptability of such imagery. The main aim of the study is to determine effective strategies to increase physical activity adherence within Cook Islands communities. This aim will be achieved through developing a validated strength-based model for Cook Islands health through the medium of physical activity incorporating Cook Islands values, belief systems and principles within a Cook Islands framework.