The Rotary Club project attempts to engage people in weight loss, choosing healthy foods and taking up regular exercise that will help in preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. There are three levels to the 'Waist Disposal Challenge':
Level 1: Up to three educational presentations per year on nutrition, exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits, during normal club meeting time.
Level 2: A monthly monitoring of Body Mass Index: two volunteers in each club take on the responsibility of weighing Rotarians and keeping a monthly record of all weights. The Rotary Club with the highest reduction in club BMI is awarded the ECU Waist Disposal Trophy to commend their efforts in "keeping men of the endangered species list".
Level 3: A telephone lifestyle coaching service offered to Rotarians and their partners, consisting of a weight loss program tailored to the needs of participants and monitored at regular intervals through routine follow-up by the lifestyle coach.
The project plays an important role in raising awareness of weight issues among a cohort that is often quite difficult for researchers and health practitioners to access.
Professor Rob Newton.
24 metropolitan and rural Rotary Clubs.