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Participatory Research for Chronic Disease Prevention in Inuit Communities

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Objective : To develop a community-based chronic disease prevention program for Inuit in Nunavut, Canada.

Methods : Stake-holders contributed to intervention development through formative research (in-depth interviews (n 45), dietary recalls (n 42)), community workshops, group feedback and implementation training.

Results : Key cultural themes included the perceived healthiness of country foods, food sharing, and importance of family. During community workshops, key problem foods for intervention were identified as well as healthier culturally and economically acceptable alternatives for these foods. Behaviors for promotion were identified and prioritized.

Conclusions : This approach resulted in project acceptance, stakeholder collaboration, and a culturally appropriate program in stores, worksites, and other community venues.

Keywords: Inuit; chronic disease; community participation; food store intervention; formative research

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Professor, Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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