Some of the highest levels of obesity in the world are found in Oceania, and the statistics among Pacific Islanders in the U.S. tell a similar tale. Incidents of cardiovascular disease (such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and hypertension), obesity, type 2 diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea among the Samoan and Tongan communities are commonplace. Almost half of Pacific Islander adults in the U.S. smoke, and nearly one in four PI youth have tried smoking. Less than half of PI adults have seen a dentist in the past 12 months. And only 54% of PI women have had a mammogram, compared with 79% of women in the U.S. overall. The disparities are stark; the need for intervention is critical; and the existing programs aren’t reaching far enough.
THE MISSION of Ohana Family Foundation is to improve the health and well-being of Pacific Islander and other underserved communities through programs that employ a family-based, culturally sensitive approach to increasing health literacy, promoting preventative healthcare, and fostering fit lifestyles.
Founded in 2010, Ohana Family Foundation (formerly SLA Community Outreach) launched with its two core programs: Doc’s Weight Loss Challenge (DWLC) and the Annual Ohana Community Health & Fitness Festival. DWLC is in its seventh season of helping some 500 participants each year reach their fitness goals through a “Biggest Loser-style” competition. Unlike similar contests, DWLC provides free workout sessions and support groups with certified facilitators.
Celebrating its fourth year in May 2014, the Annual Ohana Community Health & Fitness Festival is among the few events of its kind in Southern California — health and fitness events that primarily target Pacific Islanders.
Ohana Family Foundation comprises a Board of Directors and a dedicated team of volunteers. The organization has aided in numerous community health and fitness activities and organizations through promotional and staff support. Our newest program, the T.R.O.Y. Youth Fitness Challenge, launched in 2013.
Ohana Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.