Physical Activity

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Poor diet, physical inactivity and obesity are leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. The Physical Activity Research theme targets important determinants of these conditions, and focuses on policy and practice-relevant interventions to inform national and international efforts to improve eating habits, increase physical activity, and prevent obesity.

Current research highlights


RUFIT-NZ is a 12-week programme being offered through professional rugby clubs throughout New Zealand to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours in overweight males who are fans of rugby. Participants will attend 2-hour weekly sessions at the club’s training facilities. During these sessions they will receive an individually-tailored exercise programme, designed by the club coach, and attend educational sessions relating to nutrition, alcohol consumption, and physical activity.

This study is being undertaken by researchers at NIHI and the University of Otago and funded by a Health Research Council Project grant. For more information please contact Assoc. Professor Ralph Maddison.