Health-related behaviours in adolescents Event as iCalendar

28 June 2018

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Liggins Institute – Room 503-020

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

Cost: Free

Contact email: s.gusso@auckland.ac.nz

Alvina (left) and Heimata (right)
Alvina (left) and Heimata (right)

Speaker one: Alvina Pauuvale (MHSc candidate)
HAPPY Study – Health-related Attitudes, Perceptions and Practices of Young People


Tonga is a Pacific Island nation burdened with high levels of adult overweight, obesity (90%/67%), and associated NCDs. Similarly, Pacific communities in New Zealand also have high rates (90%/69%). School-based interventions offer opportunities to influence environmental exposures affecting future NCD risk. Therefore, we used two school settings, Tamaki College in Auckland and Tonga High School in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, to explore dietary patterns of students and the built-food environment surrounding each school to provide baseline data to support future interventions.

Speaker two: Heimata Herman (MHSc candidate)
Factors associated with health-related behaviours in adolescents: The stories of Rarotongan adolescents and their parents


Establishing health-promoting behaviours during adolescence may reduce the onset of NCD risk and incidence in adulthood for the individual and their future offspring. This phenomenological case study aimed to investigate factors associated with health-related decision-making and behaviours among 14-15 year-olds (n=13) in Rarotonga whose self-reported baseline dietary behaviours were associated with increased long-term risk of developing NCDs. Their parents or caregivers were also interviewed. Interview evidence identified a number of inter-related personal, social and economic enablers and barriers to healthy food decision-making and behavioural change. This evidence could facilitate further exploration of these reported enablers and barriers within education staff, student and parent communities that may contribute to policy and practice.