A 12-week lifestyle intervention for middle-aged, overweight men who are supporters of local sporting clubs

Sealey, Rebecca Maree, Twomey, Julie, Pringle, Fiona Alyce, Cheffins, Tracy, and Gupta, Smita (2013) A 12-week lifestyle intervention for middle-aged, overweight men who are supporters of local sporting clubs. Aging Male, 16 (3). pp. 118-122.

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Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a 12-week lifestyle program for changes in healthy lifestyle knowledge, health perceptions and body composition of middle-aged, overweight men.

Methods: A participatory, action-based experimental design was employed with a convenience sample (n = 24) of middle-aged men who were supporters of either a local rugby league or rugby union club. Participants attended an introductory session and baseline testing in week one, participated in once-weekly group circuit exercise and lifestyle education sessions for 10 weeks and attended post-testing and project evaluation in week 12.

Results: Fourteen participants completed the project. Healthy lifestyle knowledge did not improve significantly. As a combined group there were significant improvements in both physical and mental components of the SF12 questionnaire and in waist girth. The rugby league cohort achieved significant improvement in the SF12 physical component, weight, BMI and waist girth. The rugby union cohort achieved significant improvement in the SF12 mental component and waist girth. Participants reported a variety of health improvement and lifestyle changes following the project and reported appreciation at the involvement of the sporting club.

Conclusions: The men's lifestyle program resulted in significant improvement in body composition, resulting in a reduction in obesity-related disease risk in some participants.

Item ID: 27870
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1473-0790
Keywords: community exercise, health education, men, obesity, participatory action research
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 00:54
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 100%
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