Empowering Immigrant Women for Active and Healthy Lifestyle

  • End date
    Dec 30, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Oslo
Updated on 2 June 2021


The study will include overweight and obese otherwise healthy women, recruited from two main borough in Oslo with the highest population of Somali origin. The study comprises two phases: A 12-months controlled trial where the participants in the intervention borough will be compared to participants in the control borough. This is followed by a 12-months maintaining phase for the intervention borough where the control group will be given the same intervention as the intervention group received during the first 12-months.


Through a research-based intervention program, the overall goal of this project is to promote immigrant health by improving, evolving and adapting a preventive healthcare in the municipality. There is social inequalities and geographical differences in health in Norway. Immigrant women struggle more with overweight and obesity than ethnic Norwegian women, and immigrant women have an increased susceptibility for diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases. In this study, we will measure the effect of a culturally tailored intervention package (physical activity and nutrition) on weight reduction, and cardio-metabolic outcomes, among overweight and obese Somali women. The study will include women (aged 20-67 years) recruited from two boroughs in Oslo with the highest population of Somali origin.

The intervention program composes a 12-month controlled trial. The core component of the program is to counsel and empower women through individual counseling and group education sessions with emphasis on physical activities and the creation of an enabling environment. The goal is that the participants become more physically active, less sedentary, eat healthy, and maintain these changes long term.

All main analysis will be done at data collected at the one-year follow up. In addition, the control group in intervention phase will after the completion of the one-year follow up be given the same intervention as the intervention group.

User involvement is included in the development, planning, implementation and dissemination of the program results. The program will produce evidence, relevant for policy-makers and stakeholders locally and globally, of how to improve health and nutrition strategies towards immigrants and minorities. The program represents a collaboration between Oslo municipality, the University of Oslo and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.

Condition Weight change, Physical activity, blood sugar levels, blood sugars, glycemia, blood sugar level, blood glucose tests, Cholesterol, Elevated, blood sugar, Blood Glucose
Treatment Lifestyle intervention
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04578067
SponsorUniversity of Oslo
Last Modified on2 June 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Women living in the two boroughs in Oslo with Somali background (born in Somali regions or women born in Norway by two Somali parents), aged 20-67 years
Being overweight or obese (BMI 27 kg/m2)
Not planning to move away from the recruitment area within the next 2 years
Not physically active on a regular basis
Willing and able to participate in all aspects of the study
Must be capable and willing to sign written informed consent and thumb-print for illiterate participants -

Exclusion Criteria

Currently pregnant
Participating in a formal exercise or weight loss programme
Suffering from serious bone or joint problems or difficulty walking
Having known chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and uncontrolled hypo- or hyperthyroidism
Suffering from other illnesses or being on medications that may affect weight loss
Suffering from eating disorders
Planning to be out of town for more than 6 weeks in the next 12 months
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