Effectiveness of a bilingual heart health program for Greek-Australian women

Brown, WJ, Lee, C and Oyomopito, R (1996) Effectiveness of a bilingual heart health program for Greek-Australian women. Health Promotion International, 11 2: 117-125. doi:10.1093/heapro/11.2.117


Author Brown, WJ
Lee, C
Oyomopito, R
Title Effectiveness of a bilingual heart health program for Greek-Australian women
Journal name Health Promotion International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0957-4824
1460-2245
Publication date 1996-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/heapro/11.2.117
Volume 11
Issue 2
Start page 117
End page 125
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, England, U.K.
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Women from Southern European countries have the highest body mass index and physical inactivity levels of any of Australia's migrant groups. Health promotion programs aimed at the wider community often fail to reach these women because of language and cultural barriers. The project examined the impact of a 12-week minimal-intervention heart health program on a community sample of Greek-Australian women. The program, conducted in a bilingual, interactive format and held in a Greek community centre, aimed to improve cardiovascular health and decrease obesity by increasing physical activity and reducing dietary saturated fat intake. Participants (n=26) showed significant decreases in body mass index, skinfold measurements, exercising heart rates and diastolic blood pressure, which were well maintained at follow-up; these changes were not observed in a comparison group (n=22). The project demonstrated that health promotion programs tailored specifically for groups of women from non-English-speaking backgrounds (NESB) can be effective in modifying cardiovascular risk factors if an effort is made to address sociocultural and linguistic barriers to participation.

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Keyword Cardiovascular disease
Exercise
Women
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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