The Salt Lake City Tribune reports Utah’s infant mortality rate among Pacific Islanders dropped from 7.4 of every 1,000 births in 2004-2007 to 3.6 of every 1,000 births in 2008-2011.
That’s below the state wide average of 5 per 1,000 births.
A survey done of 605 Pacific Islanders conducted in English, Tongan or Samoan found respondents had nearly twice the rate of obesity and diabetes. The survey also uncovered a cultural belief that larger moms and babies are healthier.
The State Department of Health launched a program to counter those beliefs and educate expectant parents about proper nutrition and infant care.