A program called Hockey Fans in Training is coming to Penticton to help men with their weight-loss goals. (Contributed)

Men’s weight loss program for hockey fans coming to Penticton

Hockey FIT aims to instill healthy habits in men.

A new program that encourages men to lose weight and develop healthy habits is coming to Penticton.

Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) is a men’s health program focusing on healthy lifestyle changes.

It is being brought to Penticton by the city’s recreation department in partnership with the Penticton Vees hockey club and Western University.

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Hockey FIT is a free, three-month, off-ice, healthy lifestyle program for middle-aged male hockey fans who are overweight or obese.

Participants will learn how to eat better and get active while having the opportunity to socialize with other fans working towards the same healthy lifestyle goals.

Participants will also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the arena and meet some of the Vees players and coaching staff.

“We are very excited to be partnering with the Penticton Vees and Western University on this initiative,” said the city’s recreation business supervisor, Kelsey Johnson.

“Vees fans are so supportive of the team and this program is an opportunity that will connect fans through their passion in a program where they can support one another while they make healthy changes in their lifestyles.”

Canadian men live, on average, four years less than their female counterparts. Men are more likely than women to be overweight and are at a greater risk for preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Hockey Fans In Training (Hockey FIT) was developed in 2014 to address this health inequity and provide men with the tools and resources to change their lifestyle for the better.

For more information about the Hockey FIT program and to register, visit Hockeyfansintraining.org.

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