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Author (up) Boulton, A., Gifford, H., Kauikia, A., Parata, K. pdf 
  Title Māori Health Promotion Challenges for best practice Type Miscellaneous
  Year 2011 Publication Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume Issue Pages 26 - 39 pp  
  Keywords Māori, healthy lifestyles, obesity, prevention, tamariki, whānau  
  Abstract Aim: This article presents results from an evaluation of a Mäori obesity prevention initiative, Te Kahui Whai Ora—Healthy Lifestyles & Tamariki Programme, and questions whether the use of children as agents of change in health-promotion activity is best practice for Mäori health promotion.

Methods: Health promotion programme evaluation collected information on the activities, characteristics, context and impact of the programme. We report on data from document reviews and from interviews with 24 programme participants.

Results: Improved self-esteem in children, enhanced cultural identity, emerging youth leadership qualities, strengthening of family relationships, and positive changes to lifestyle behaviours.

Conclusions: Children can be very powerful agents of change in public health interventions; however, Maori health-promotion best practice demands that we be mindful of our responsibility to protect children and encourage healthy lifestyles in a way that empowers every member of the whänau (family). Collective effort, in conjunction with timely and appropriate stakeholder support, is necessary to reduce the burden of obesity on our population.
 
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