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RUFIT Program a Potential Weight loss Option for Obese Men


Clinical Trial shows RUFIT program helpful in helping obese men loose weight

Are you a rugby fan who wants to improve your health? A clinical study suggests that a healthy lifestyle program delivered through professional rugby clubs could be just what you need to get on track.

In New Zealand (NZ), 31% of adults are obese (BMI > 30 kg/m2) and a further 35% are overweight. It has been estimated that excess weight costs NZ at least $NZ 2 Billion per year. Therefore, effective, sustainable, and appealing healthy lifestyle programs are needed to meet the needs of overweight and obese NZ men.

The Rugby Fans In Training-NZ (RUFIT-NZ) is a weight management and healthy lifestyle program designed to support overweight/obese men to lose weight, delivered via professional rugby clubs in NZ.

Clinical Trial

A clinical trial was conducted to determine the safety and effectiveness of the RUFIT program in reducing weight and improving clinical outcomes in obese/overweight men.
The trial was conducted in New Zealand and involved 200 overweight men who were randomly assigned to either the RUFIT program or a control group.

The RUFIT program was delivered over 12 weeks by professional rugby clubs and each intervention session included: 1) a 1-h workshop-based education component focused on nutrition, physical activity, sleep, sedentary behavior, and behavior change strategies for sustaining a healthier lifestyle; and 2) a 1-h group-based, but individually tailored, exercise training session. The primary outcome was a change in body weight from baseline to 52 weeks.

The results of the clinical study were promising. At 52 weeks, the average difference in weight change between the two groups was 2.77 kg in favor of the RUFIT group. Additionally, there were significant differences between the two groups in fruit and vegetable consumption, waist circumference, fitness outcomes, physical activity levels, and health-related quality of life at both 12 and 52 weeks. These changes favored the RUFIT group. However, the RUFIT program did not report any significant effects on blood pressure and sleep.

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These results indicate that the RUFIT program is a promising approach to improving the health of overweight men. The clinical trial’s findings suggest that it is possible to create effective healthy lifestyle programs that are engaging and accessible to a wide range of men, including those who may not typically participate in traditional health programs.


The RUFIT program offers a new and innovative approach to improving the health of men who may be at risk for obesity and other health conditions. By leveraging the social connections and support networks that already exist within professional sports clubs, programs like RUFIT could have a significant impact on the health and well-being of communities around the world.


The Rugby Fans in Training New Zealand (RUFIT NZ) clinical trial provides evidence that a healthy lifestyle program delivered through professional rugby clubs can be an effective way to improve the health of overweight men. The program offers a new and innovative approach to improving health outcomes and leveraging social connections and support networks. Overall, the RUFIT program is a promising development in the field of health and wellness.  
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Mar-28-23
Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, ACTRN12619000069156

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