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About the Physical Activity Program

South Asian and Middle Eastern Women Being Active (SAMBA) is a culturally-sensitive and collaboratively-designed physical activity program for South Asian and Middle Eastern women.

SAMBA was developed through community-based participatory research, which included focus group discussions and interviews with women from this community in Perth.

During the-10-week SAMBA program women will attend one 90 minute session per week. Each session will include fun activities (e.g., dance) led by female instructors, and interesting information to help the women to become more active.

SAMBA will be held at the Herb Graham Recreational Centre in Mirrabooka. These sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm – 4pm, starting from January 2020.

SAMBA will also be held at Mandala Hall in Bateman. These sessions will take place on Saturday afternoons from 3.30pm – 5pm, starting from February 2020.

Who can take part?

SAMBA has been specially designed for South Asian and Middle Eastern women who are not currently doing much physical activity, but would like to become more active.

If you apply to take part in SAMBA, we will ask you some questions about how much physical activity you are currently doing. We will also ask you some questions about your health, to check that it is safe for you to start doing physical activity. You will also need to have a reasonable understanding of spoken and written English.

If you are able to take part in SAMBA, you will be invited to an intro session at the leisure centre where we will take some measurements, ask you to answer a survey, and fit you for activity monitors that you will wear for 8 days.

This session will be held on Sunday the 19th of January 2020 at the Herb Graham Recreational Centre and on Saturday the 8th of February at Mandala Hall.

You will then be assigned to a group by chance (kind of like tossing a coin). One group will start right away, and the other group will start about 3 months later. At the Herb Graham Recreational Centre, the first group will start on the 2nd of February, 2020. The second group will start on the 26th of April.

At Mandala Hall, the first group will start on the 22nd of February, 2020. The second group will start on the 16th of May, 2020.

After you have finished SAMBA, we will invite you back to the leisure centre so that we can check your progress. We will also check your progress again, 3 months after that.

This is a community program but it has a research element. Hence, all women will be asked to complete a few questionnaires and provide measurements of physical activity on three occasions: a week before the program starts, at the end of the 10-week program, and three months after the end of the program. These assessments are essential to understand and measure the impact of the program. We are happy to provide personalised reports, upon request, at the end of the study. 

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