We are incredibly excited to have Dr. Cristina Caperchione and PhD candidate Paul Sharp join us in this mini-series to chat about the HAT TRICK Program and their current work in men’s health. Check out the series as our guest discuss their recent publications, experiences living in Australia and insights in conducting their research.

About our guests

Dr. Caperchione (BHK Hons., MHK, PhD) is an Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Science at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Sydney, Australia and an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her research interests include health-related physical activity and the use of behavioural change strategies in the prevention, reduction and management of chronic disease. She is an expert in designing innovative community level health promotion interventions, with a particular focus on the physical activity behaviours of priority populations, including inactive men, those living with cancer, and at risk adolescent girls.

She is also leading the Australian HAT TRICK program, a physical activity, healthy eating and mental fitness intervention for inactive overweight men which was originally developed by Dr. Caperchione in Canada and funded by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation.

Paul Sharp is a PhD Candidate at the University of Technology Sydney, supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. He is involved in research on chronic disease prevention and has contributed to the development and evaluation of several men’s health projects including QuitNow Men, POWERPLAY at Work, and HAT TRICK. His current research focuses on masculinities and health-related behaviours to help inform novel strategies for improving men’s health through physical activity and mental health promotion.

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Relevant readings

  • Men’s Perspectives of a Gender-Sensitized Health Promotion Program Targeting Healthy Eating, Active Living, and Social Connectedness: https://bit.ly/2JXPF8w
  • Infographic of recent meta-analysis publication: https://bit.ly/3lkBurH
  • Can lifestyle interventions improve Canadian men’s mental health? Outcomes from the HAT TRICK program
    DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daaa120