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Table 1 Aims of the three stages of study

From: Promoting fit bodies, healthy eating and physical activity among Indigenous Australian men: a study protocol

Stage 1 - Focus Groups
   • Clarify areas of concern around physical activity, diet and body image;
   • Examine the importance of these concerns for the Indigenous men, and the extent to which they are concerned about unhealthy practices;
   • Identify factors related to these concerns (e.g., cultural identity, level of acculturation; pessimistic vs. optimistic explanatory styles); and
   • Observe healthy and unhealthy practices, and differences between the men.
Stage 2 - Individual Interviews
   • Determine the meaning and importance that Indigenous Australian men attach to their health and body;
• Understand the role of risk and protective factors in determining eating and physical activity patterns;
• Find ways of promoting healthier eating and physical activity patterns; and
   • Examine how each of the above differs in the three locations.
Stage 3 - Action and dissemination of information
   • Identify strategic points of action; ways to promote health enhancing strategies; ways to transfer knowledge back to communities; and determine future action and collaboration that is needed
   • Organise and facilitate two community events in each location
   • Assist and support Indigenous men and local Indigenous researchers to run these events
   • Assist local Indigenous men and Indigenous researchers to develop their research skills, further disseminate information, and apply for funding to continue with their specific targeted goals
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