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Getting Healthier – One Temple at a Time!

This past month we met with the temple leadership and were able to successfully overcome some of the barriers to change that we had faced earlier from them. We arrived at a consensus for gradual policy changes including a designated breastfeeding room within the temple. Although we had initially planned to establish a walking trail outside the temple, temple leaders were worried about weather conditions, people’s age, and beliefs, etc. We therefore came up with a plan for an indoor trail accessible to the local community. This trail will remove the constraint of weather and will be consistent with the Hindu practice of “parikrama” which involves walking around the deity many times. We therefore anticipate that the indoor trail maybe more acceptable to community members. SATHI also finalized, with the collaboration of the leadership in the temple, an event on August 11 where we will begin advising the community on nutrition and maintaining physical activity. At this event, SATHI will provide valuable information on the importance of limiting sugar and emphasize the importance of daily walking. We will also provide free recipe cards for delicious South Asian dishes but with a healthy twist.

About the Grantee

South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

SATHI The South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) was established in 2007 at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with the mission to improve health outcomes in South Asians living in the United States. SATHI serves as a platform to engage multidisciplinary professionals such as researchers, health practitioners, public health experts, community-based organizations and community members