UNB recruiting overweight male hockey fans for new study

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A team of Canadian researchers is recruiting overweight male hockey fans for a new study that aims to turn a passion for sports into better lifestyles.

The Hockey Fans in Training Program — piloted at Western University in London, Ont., — is being rolled out by researchers at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton in the New Year.

The 12-week health-and-fitness program uses the social bonds and camaraderie men share watching hockey to help them to get in shape, eat better and lose weight.

About six in 10 Canadian men are classified as overweight or obese, which puts them at higher risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.