About Us

Our Story

Canadian men live on average, 4 years less than their female counterparts. Men are more likely than women to have obesity and are at a greater risk for preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Established in 2014, Hockey Fans In Training (Hockey FIT) was developed to address this growing health inequity and provide men with the tools and resources to change their lifestyle for the better.

When you think of Canada, you think of two things: 1) we apologize a lot, sorry for that; and 2) we love HOCKEY! Hockey FIT capitalizes on the idea that hockey can lead to positive behaviour changes off the ice too. The results from our pilot research project confirmed Hockey FIT was both an acceptable program for men with obesity, and effective in helping these men lose weight and keep it off.

“Hockey FIT is a game-changer since it plays to what men want, where and how they want to address overweight and obesity; through the power of being a sports fan.”
Dr. Rob Petrella, Principal Investigator & General Manager of Hockey FIT

Who Are We?

Our Hockey FIT Research Team, led by Principal Investigator and General Manager, Dr. Rob Petrella is based out of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Our core research team is made up of researchers and program staff with a range of expertise from sports management to epidemiologists measuring the behaviour changes we see in participants. Check out the hockey cards below for inside scoop on our research team.

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