Kids fighting flab
Wanted: 200 Pacific Island families from South Auckland to fight flab.
Samoan soul singer Lapi Mariner is Captain FAB and the new ambassador for Auckland University's Fanau FAB or Food, Activity, Behaviour research programme.
The 10-week initiative is aimed at families with at least one child aged between 5 and 12.
Participants will lose weight together and learn about living a healthier lifestyle.
A hundred families have already been recruited and 100 more are needed before registrations close at the end of September.
"I wanted to be an ambassador for this programme because it's a chance for our family to transform ourselves through exercise, nutrition and education," Mariner says.
The Manurewa father of two is "putting it on the line" to lose 50kg.
He admits he is a member of the Big Boys Club but says he's not afraid of exercise. The club is a group of more than 30 "big boys" who train six days a week out of a gym in Manukau.
The hardest part will be controlling what he eats.
"I see my kids' friends going to school with a fizzy drink, a meat pie and a big packet of chips. That's their lunch. This shows me that there is a need for more nutritional education for our families."
The programme is led by Dr Ofa Dewes from the university's School of Population Health, Pacific Health.
The study aims to find the best way for Pacific Island families to live at a healthy weight. The main focus of the research is to monitor the progress of the children.
"Our children are our future," Dr Dewes says.
"It's important we give them the skills and knowledge to lead long, active lives.
"The results from this programme will allow our research team to develop a long term weight management programme for Pacific children and their families.
"Mr Mariner is encouraging all eligible families to put their hands up and be counted," Dr Dewes says.
"My children are ambassadors for Fanau FAB too and I hope that encourages their friends and peers to get on board.
"We need 100 families. We need you."
- FANAU FAB CRITERIA: Must belong to a Pacific Island group, live in Mangere, Otara, Papatoetoe or nearby, have a 5 to 12-year-old who needs help to manage their weight, with at least one caregiver available to attend weekly sessions. Contact 918 6326 or 021 213 8601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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