Ministry of Health Partners With Buttabean (BBM) Motivation to Improve Health and Wellbeing of Pasifika and Māori

A new partnership will help improve the physical health and wellbeing of Māori and Pacific communities in South Auckland. The Ministry of Health is committing $500,000 in funding over two years to support Buttabean Motivation (BBM), led by David Letele. Part of this funding will also go towards evaluating the impact of this partnership over the two years.

Deborah Woodley Deputy Director-General Population Health and Prevention says BBM is a 15,000-strong movement in South Auckland which engages predominately with Māori and Pacific whānau to improve their health and wellbeing through physical activity and nutritional advice in a culturally safe environment.

“This is an innovative and collaborative partnership between the Ministry, BBM supported by The Just Move Charitable Health Trust, and Total Healthcare PHO.

The  new funding will enable BBM to strengthen its programmes – including, engaging and delivering additional motivational support, coaching and exercise programmes; developing a coaching network and ‘train the trainer’ workshops; increasing enrolment from groups and individuals with or at risk of long-term conditions; expanding the workforce including health screening, health coaching and medical support from Total Healthcare.

BBM Motivation aims to reduce the alarming obesity statistics among Maori and Pasifika through education and supporting the community to choose a healthy and active lifestyle.

Image credit: BBM Buttabean Motivation