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Pohnpei, FSM case study in a global health project documents its local food resources and successfully promotes local food for health.
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PMID:  20968245     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper presents a summary of Pohnpei, Federated States Micronesia's involvement in a global health study focused on documenting traditional food systems in different parts of the world and providing evidence that local resources are critical for food security, nutrition and health. The Pohnpei study was based in Mand Community, Madolenihmw. The study found that there was a great diversity of foods locally available (381 food items documented), but these were underused. Overweight, obesity, diabetes, and vitamin A deficiency were identified as serious problems. Interventions included community meetings, school activities, and agriculture workshops, cooking classes, charcoal oven development, weight loss and planting competitions, poster campaigns and other relevant mass media. Significant dietary improvements were achieved following the intervention efforts, as well as positive changes in attitude towards local food including: decrease in average daily rice consumption from 846 g/person in 2005 to 544 g/person in 2007 (p = 0.0002); increase in provitamin A carotenoid intake from 227 microg/person in 2005 to 475 microg/person in 2007 (p = 0.02); increased frequency of consumption of local banana (53%), giant swamp taro (476%), local vegetables (130%); and increased dietary diversity (4.8 local food groups consumed in 2005 to 5.5 in 2007). Another positive outcome in Pohnpei was the popularization of the slogan "Let's Go Local."
L Englberger; H V Kuhnlein; A Lorens; P Pedrus; K Albert; J Currie; M Pretrick; R Jim; L Kaufer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pacific health dialog     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1015-7867     ISO Abbreviation:  Pac Health Dialog     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-25     Completed Date:  2010-11-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9434923     Medline TA:  Pac Health Dialog     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  129-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Island Food Community of Pohnpei, Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FSM.
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MeSH Terms
Food Habits / ethnology*
Food Supply*
Health Promotion / methods*
Interviews as Topic
Organizational Case Studies
World Health

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