Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT®)
Hockey Fans In Training (Hockey FIT®)
Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT®) is a novel, evidence-based, gender-sensitized, weight loss and healthy lifestyle program that engages men using the power of being a sports fan. Hockey FIT was developed by Dr. Robert Petrella, the Principal Investigator for this project, who also oversees all project activities. Dr. Robert Petrella is currently Head (Chair) of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia, while maintaining this active research program within the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine at Western University. Dr. Dawn Gill, a Scientist and Research Manager within the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, is the Manager for the Hockey FIT project. Other full-time project staff include, Ms. Wendy Blunt, the Hockey FIT Implementation Lead; Dr. Brendan Riggin, Hockey FIT Head Coach and Lead Site Coordinator; and Ms. Brooke Bliss, Hockey FIT Assistant Head Coach and Communications Lead. In addition to full time staff, numerous other part-time staff, graduate students, and undergraduate student volunteers are important members of the Hockey FIT® Central Research Team.
Funding Sources: Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC); Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); and 19 additional external partners.
References from previous work related to Hockey FIT®:
1. Gill DP, Blunt W, De Cruz A, Riggin B, Hunt K, et al (includ. Petrella RJ). Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) pilot study protocol: A gender-sensitized weight loss and healthy lifestyle program for overweight and obese male hockey fans. BMC Public Health. 2016 Oct 1;16:1096.
2. Blunt W, Gill DP, Sibbald SL, Riggin B, Pulford RW, et al (includ. Petrella RJ). Optimization of the Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) weight loss and healthy lifestyle program for male hockey fans. BMC Public Health. BioMed Central; 2017 Nov 28;17(1):916.
3. Petrella RJ, Gill DP, Zou G, De Cruz A, Riggin B, Bartol C, et al. Hockey Fans in Training: A Pilot Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. Med Sci Sports Exerc. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; 2017 Dec;49(12):2506–16.