Project Description

Workplace POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) is an innovative, multi award winning work-place based weight loss program for men, and the first program internationally to target blue collar male workers.

The low-intensity program includes an information session, DVD and gender-tailored supplementary resources that provide education about sustainable weight loss and improving dietary and physical activity behaviours.

The program does not require men to forgo beer or foods they enjoy, or embark on unsustainable exercise regimes.

Rather, the evidence-based program uses a lighthearted approach and simplifies the weight loss process using language and strategies that appeal to, and engage, men.

Workplace POWER was recognised with an inaugural National Preventative Health Award in 2013 for the best initiative in Workplace Health and Well-being for large workplaces.


  • First program internationally to target blue collar workers
  • Program design based on a tested theoretical framework and extensive research
  • Gender-tailored program resources to appeal to men
  • Low cost program
  • Low intensity program requiring limited time commitment of workplaces and employees
  • Comprehensive program resources:

– 90 minute information session
– Weight Loss DVD for Blokes
– Weight Loss Handbook for Blokes
– Weight Loss Log Book
– Calorie King Website User Guide


  • Enhance overall health of employees
  • Weight loss (men lose on average four-five kgs)
  • Improved quality of life for employees
  • Results from previous programs showed significant cost-savings through increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and workplace injuries.

Development stage

Workplace POWER has been delivered to over 300 men at an aluminum smelter in Tomago, NSW.

Workplace POWER is now available to all organisations seeking a workplace health program suitable for male employees.

Newcastle Innovation has also developed a training program enabling providers of workplace health programs to deliver Workplace POWER to organisations.

Who can use Workplace POWER?

Workplace POWER can be delivered by providers of workplace health programs/services, or can be delivered directly by the University to organisations seeking to run a healthy lifestyle intervention for their staff.

The program is particularly well suited to male dominated or shift-worker industries, as a means of improving the health of staff, productivity and workplace safety.


Professor Phil Morgan is a co-director of the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition and lecturer in the School of Education. He graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) in 1997.

He completed his PhD in 2003 which focused on primary school physical education and won both local and national awards. His research program is focused on the impact of school- and community- based interventions to prevent or treat obesity in child, adolescent and adult populations.

As a chief investigator he has secured grants of over $4 million from: NH&MRC, ARC Discovery, ARC Linkage, Heart Foundation, NSW Health and Industry community grants. He has developed and led a number of major projects including the national and international award winning Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids program.

His work in teaching research and the community has been recognised with national and international awards including 10 university teaching excellence awards (4 national) and five national/international research awards which highlight his career focus on the teaching/research nexus.

Professor Morgan also has delivered numerous invited local, state and national presentations related to both his research and teaching.

How to access Workplace POWER

Newcastle Innovation is seeking partnership opportunities with providers of workplace health and injury rehabilitation services and programs, to be trained to deliver Workplace POWER to organisations.

Workplace POWER is also now available to organisations and employers wishing to have the program delivered to their staff. More information and orders for the program can be placed with Newcastle Innovation.