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UBC teams up with the Kelowna Rockets

HAT TRICK is a program to help local men increase their overall health

The Kelowna Rockets are promoting healthy eating and general wellness by partnering with UBC.

Named for the three goals represented in the program—physical activity, healthy eating and teamwork—UBC’s HAT TRICK is back for its third period.

Associate Professor Cristina Caperchione, who teaches in UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, has teamed up with the Kelowna Rockets to offer a free 12-week program for local men who are hoping to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

“This particular program is unique in the sense that it allows us to use the facilities and resources available to our staff, coaches, trainers and our hockey players to relay a message of positive living and a healthy lifestyle,” said Anne-Marie Hamilton with the Kelowna Rockets. “That’s all very much part of what our players, and the Rockets organization, are all about.”

HAT TRICK is an innovative healthy lifestyle program to help local men increase physical activity, improve nutritional habits, and enhance their social connectedness. The researchers are joined by professionals with the Kelowna Rockets, including team trainers and nutritionists, as well as other community-based professionals who can coach participants to adopt new healthy habits.

The next session begins in September and new recruits are needed. While it takes place at Prospera Place, participants do not need to know how to skate or play hockey, no athletic ability is 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 inches

Have a Body Mass Index over 25 kg/m2

The weekly 90-minute sessions will be led by healthy lifestyle experts from the research team, Kelowna Rockets staff and other community health professionals. The group will meet Tuesday evenings until the end of November.

To learn more or to sign up, contact Kayla Fitzpatrick at kayla.fitzpatrick@ubc.ca, 250-807-8488 or visit the website.