A Self-management Concept for Men at the Community Level: The `Waist' Disposal Challenge Academic Article uri icon


  • The Waist Disposal Challenge consisted of a health intervention at the community level to bring about a reduction in body mass index (BMI) and is delivered at three levels: educational presentations on nutrition and exercise; monthly monitoring of BMI competition; telephone lifestyle coaching with follow-ups. Twenty-three Rotary Clubs participated in Western Australia in 2007-08 (750 Rotarians). The significant to moderate decreases in BMI are an encouraging indication that such community based-projects for men at-risk of developing chronic disease may influence the way health services reorient their community programmes to suit the health psychology of middle-aged to older men.


  • Aoun, S
  • Osseiran-Moisson, R
  • Collins, F
  • Newton, R
  • Newton, M

publication date

  • July 2009