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UBC researchers team up with Kelowna Rockets to support men’s health

HatTrick participant Kevin Lavigne and poses with Kelowna Rockets mascot Rocky the Raccoon.
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October 20, 2016 - 1:24 PM

UBCO and the Kelowna Rockets are introducing a new program for the public.

What: HAT TRICK, a free, 12-week program for men focused on physical activity, healthy eating and teamwork

Who: UBC Asst. Prof. Cristina Caperchione, and the Kelowna Rockets Hockey Team

When: Beginning in January 2017

Where: Prospera Place, 1223 Water Street, Kelowna

UBC Asst. Professor Cristina Caperchione is teaming up with the Kelowna Rockets to offer HAT TRICK; an innovative healthy lifestyle program to help local men increase physical activity, improve nutritional habits, and enhance their social connectedness.

Caperchione is now looking for recruits for the first session that begins in January. Each 90-minute weekly session will be led by healthy lifestyle experts from the research team, Kelowna Rockets staff (e.g., trainers, nutritionist), and other community health professionals. During these sessions participants will have the opportunity to be physically active as well as learn simple tips for healthy eating and active living.

Participants do not need to know how to skate or play hockey; no athletic ability required. HAT TRICK is designed for men who fit all of the following criteria:

  • living in the Okanagan
  • 35 years or older
  • accumulate less than 150 minutes of physical activity per week
  • have a pant size greater than 38”
  • have a Body Mass Index over 25 kg/m2

The first session will run on Tuesdays from mid-January to early April. Additional groups will begin in the spring and fall of 2017. To learn more or to sign up for the program, click here, contact Paul Sharp at paul.sharp@ubc.ca or call 250-807-9907.

The HAT TRICK program is funded by the Canadian Cancer Society and is made up of a collaborative research team from UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver, Athabasca University and the University of Glasgow.

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