NiuMovement Active Families is a healthy lifestyles programme targeted at Pacific Island families living on the North Shore. The programme runs for 20 weeks and offers weekly nutrition and fun physical activity sessions that aim to engage the whole family.
Meleseini Teulilo and her family expressed an interest in the NiuMovement Active Families programme in February 2015 due to concerns about the impact that an unhealthy lifestyle may be having on their health.
‘We do more together as a family.’
On completion of their third round, they have managed to achieve great results which have been life changing for their family.
When restarting the programme Meleseini was already fairly active with weekly netball practices, games and recreational walks with her sisters. The main concern for the family was the high calorie food and drinks they were consuming as a result of busy schedules and a lack of routine.
As they had previously taken part in the programme, they had a good understanding of the concepts behind healthy eating but felt overwhelmed by the amount of change that was required. One family member commented ‘we just don’t know where to start’.
On sitting down with them for their initial family meeting the objective was to set some clear goals with an emphasis on small changes.
‘It’s been helpful for us to learn about healthy eating – we now know the right kind of food to eat.’
Their initial goal was around weight loss which they aimed to achieved by:
- cutting back on the amount of sugary drinks they were consuming weekly and
- having a nutritious breakfast every day.
They were also encouraged to continue being active, adding weekly NiuMovement nutrition and physical activity sessions into their routine.
Meleseini and her family have done extremely well in this round of NiuMovement Active Families. Meleseini has lost 1.9 kg of body fat in total and 11 cm from her waist. Her older sister Malia (a key influence in Meleseini’s life) also achieved some great results, losing almost 5 kg since the beginning of the programme.
Meleseini now feels more confident when making healthy nutrition choices and receives full support from her family. ‘We no longer have sugary drinks in the house – we have a water cooler now, which makes it easier for the whole family to drink more water.’
By completing the weekly physical activity challenges and continuing to make healthy food choices where possible, Meleseini and her family were able to achieve some fantastic results.
‘The sessions are really fun – the kids enjoyed playing all the different sports.’
– Una and Jenny
Making changes to behaviour can be extremely challenging and does take time but with perseverance and commitment Meleseini and her family have proven that you can achieve great results.
The Teulilo family’s talanoa (story) is an inspiration to us all and illustrated that persistence and a can-do attitude does pay off in the end.
This story was provided by Auckland’s Harbour Sport.
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