Participants in the Hat Trick program, a men’s health initiative between UBCO and the Kelowna Rockets.—Image credit: contributed

Hat Trick men’s health program back for third year

UBCO and the Kelowna Rockets team up again to help men achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Named for the three goals represented in the program—physical activity, healthy eating and teamwork—UBC Okanagan’s Ht Trick program is back for a third third.

Associate professor Cristina Caperchione, who teaches in UBCO’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, has once again teamed up with the Kelowna Rockets to offer a free, 12-week program for local men trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Hat Trick is an innovative healthy lifestyle program to help men increase physical activity, improve nutritional habits and enhance their social “connectedness.”

The researchers will be again joined by Kelowna Rockets trainers and nutritionists, as well as other community-based professionals who can coach participants to adopt new healthy habits.

“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.”

The next session of the Hat Trick program will begin in September, and new recruits are needed.

While it takes place at Prospera Place in Kelowna, participants do not need to know how to skate or play hockey; in fact, no athletic ability is required. Hat Trick is designed for men who fit all of the following criteria:

• Live in the Okanagan

• Are aged 35 years or older

• Do less than 150 minutes of physical activity per week

• Have a pant waist 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: hattrick.ok.ubc.ca.

The UBC 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.