The role and influence of 'Champions' in a community-based lifestyle risk modification programme

Samar M. Aoun, Shaouli Shahid, Linda Le, Tanya L. Packer

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This article describes the training and implementation of the Waist Disposal Challenge in service clubs in Western Australia in 2009-2010. Ninety-three Champions from 52 clubs were trained to deliver educational presentations to 1100 peers and facilitate a BMI competition among 764 peers. Champions reported significant improvements in their knowledge and confidence to motivate their peers to make changes to their diet and physical activity with 82% of participants completing the BMI competition and on average 58% experiencing and sustaining a BMI reduction for 12 months. It is evident that the Champions had influenced the uptake and success of the intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-541
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • BMI
  • Champions
  • health promotion
  • Lay Health Advisers
  • natural helper intervention
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • the Waist Disposal Challenge

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