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Whānau Fitness Culture: Community Fitness Culture Changes Across the Life Course

3 months
Approved budget:
Miss Grace Davies
Dr Esther Willing
Health issue:
Physical activity/exercise
Proposal type:
Māori Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
This project, “Whānau fitness culture: community fitness culture changes across the life course ”aims to understand the change of fitness culture from tamariki right through to kaumatua within a Māori community and what solutions can be thought of to improve the fitness culture through Māori communities to improve life expectancy and the quality of life to stay around for our mokopuna. By interviewing key stakeholders who work within the Ngāti Toa pā community, I am hoping to begin to understand why the rate of obesity increases for adults through what is stopping them from exercising. Exercising takes time, and I am predicting that factors such as time and family commitments will be the most common factors that contribute to a change in fitness culture and wanting to exercise. The results from this research project will give and insight into the ideas of fitness within a Māori community and how we