Marcus Ellison needs more men aged between 35 and 54 to join the ManUp experience.
Marcus Ellison needs more men aged between 35 and 54 to join the ManUp experience.

Man up to remain fit and healthy

THE pioneer Gladstone ManUp men's health study is moving into phase two where information communication technology is being used to help men remain fit and healthy.

For men throughout Gladstone excuses for not exercising or eating correctly will now be a thing of the past as all are told: It's time to ManUp.

ManUp is a world-leading program designed to improve the physical activity and dietary habits of men conducted over the web and phone to encourage men between the ages of 35 and 54 to adopt better and healthier lifestyles.

CQUniversity was awarded a health grant and is working with the Gladstone Regional Council, health departments and Total Wellbeing Guide author Manny Noakes.

Marcus Ellison, a graduate of CQUniversity, is the face of the program for Gladstone and is the driving force behind this pioneer project.

“Being a working man's town, Gladstone is an ideal environment to nurture this program as we wanted to work with a specific, hard-to-reach population,” Mr Ellison said.

The ManUp program undertakes comprehensive research which demonstrates the effectiveness of strategies, including information technology, to support lifestyle risk modification in men in relation to nutrition and physical activity in an urban or rural setting in Queensland.

“We have undertaken seven focus groups and conducted a survey of 304 men from the Gladstone region to inform the development of the innovative ManUp intervention,” Mr Ellison said.

“Phase two will evaluate this new intervention in an efficacy trail, which is due to begin soon. The efficacy trial requires the recruitment of approximately 500 participants from the Gladstone region and we are approaching local businesses to help us in recruiting the required number to ensure the successful implementation of the trial.

“All data will be taken via online questionnaires, and a sub-sample in each intervention arm will have objective measures taken including physical activity measured by an accelerometer.”

The ManUp is a collaboration between CQUniversity, University of Western Sydney, Australian e-Health Research Centre and the CSIRO Centre for Human Nutrition.

The intervention is based around the use of information technology as these technologies provide new and innovative methods for delivering health behaviour change interventions.

For information or to join contact Marcus Ellison on 4970 7211.

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