Projects

Professor Ralph Maddison
The University of Auckland
Rugby fans in training: A randomised controlled trial
$1,199,266
36 months

Lay summary

New Zealand has the highest rate of adult obesity in the region. Māori and Pacific men are at particularly high risk for being overweight. A weight-management programme (Rugby Fans in Training; RUFIT-NZ) delivered by professional rugby clubs offers a viable and sustainable approach to engaging Māori and Pacific men in a healthy lifestyle programme. Building on a successful HRC feasibility study, we will conduct a randomised controlled trial of RUFIT-NZ to improve weight and health outcomes in overweight men. A total of 360 overweight men (aged 30 years or more) will be allocated at random to either receive the RUFIT-NZ programme delivered via professional rugby clubs or to a wait list control group. If effective RUFIT-NZ could be implemented relatively easily throughout all NZ rugby clubs, and evaluates a delivery option with strong potential to improve health and reduce ethnic inequalities.

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