EuroFIT at the 2018 Amsterdam Public Health meeting

Drs. Hidde van der Ploeg, Judith Jelsma and Femke Van Nassau presented EuroFIT results during the annual meeting of the Amsterdam Public Health (APH) research institute. Their presentation was part of an interactive panel discussion with a PSV coach and two managers from Blackburn Rovers. Hidde van der Ploeg commented, “It was great to talk to our Dutch research colleagues about EuroFIT. Representatives from Blackburn and PSV gave an excellent feel for the EuroFIT club and participant experience”.

The APH meeting in Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, NL took place on 22 November 2018. Read the more about the meeting and read the programme here

EuroFIT launch into the real world of football and public health deemed a great success

Football clubs, National Associations and key agencies such as the World Health Organisation, European Commission and UEFA gathered for the EuroFIT Launch Event held at Scotland House in Brussels on 31 October 2018. The aim of the event was to celebrate the success of the research project and to learn how the ground-breaking programme will be rolled out across Europe.

EuroFIT Coordinator Prof Sally Wyke commented, “The launch of EuroFIT into the real world of football and public health was a great success.  Over 70 people from different countries and organisation came together.  We have scientific evidence of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness and research-based guidelines on how to deliver the programme in football clubs.  We have a pragmatic, inexpensive, not-for-profit licensing system that will protect the fidelity of the programme and ensure that outcomes are the same.  All in all a great investment from the European Commission.”

Press coverage of the launch event and photos:

EuroFIT Launch press release http://eurofitfp7.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/EuroFITLaunch.Media-Release.Stakeholders.pdf

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Photos from the event:

EuroFIT programme Launch in Brussels 31 Oct – press release

The EuroFIT programme will be officially launched in Brussels on 31 October, with the participation and support of UEFA and the European Commission, participating clubs and the fully EuroFIT consortium team.

A small number of delegate places (free of charge) are still available.

For details, see our press release here.

EuroFIT’s clinical trial presented at WHO European Healthy Cities conference, Belfast

EuroFIT Coordinator, Prof Sally Wyke of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow facilitated a session at the WHO European Healthy Cities Network’s 2018 International Healthy Cities Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.  Sally’s talk, “Effectiveness of European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) randomized controlled trial in England, Portugal, the Netherlands and Norway” occurred on 1 October 2018 and was well-received. The conference has been organized by EuroFIT’s partner the Healthy Stadia Network.

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network was launched in 1988 as a political, cross-cutting and intersectoral initiative and movement in direct collaboration with cities across the WHO European Region. It is a crucial platform for bringing about change and achieving improved health, well-being, and equitable and sustainable development in cities across the Region and globally.

The 2018 International Healthy Cities Conference marks thirty years of the Network and the global Healthy Cities movement. The Conference presents the opportunity to learn from the work of healthy cities globally. It attracts politicians and key decision-makers from within cities, as well as technical experts. The meeting runs from 1-4 October 2018.

EuroFIT at the ISBNPA 2018 meeting, Hong Kong

 

Several partners of EuroFIT presented at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) meeting held in Hong Kong. The meeting ran from 3-6 of June 2018. EuroFIT-focussed symposia and presentations included: “European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): The power of football in living a healthy lifestyle”, “Using Motivational Theory to Promote Health Behaviour Change in the European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) Project”, “Effectiveness of the EuroFIT Lifestyle Program Delivered to Male Football Fans Across Europe”, “A Mixed Methods Process Evaluation of the EuroFIT Intervention” and “Impilo Nezenkolo: Adaption of Football Fans in Training/ EuroFIT Healthy Lifestyle Programmes to Low-income Faith-based Settings in Urban and Rural South Africa”.

Read the entire list of abstracts presented at ISBNPA 2018 here.

Pictured above, L to R: Front row: Kate Hunt, Femke van Nassau,  Douglas Maxwell, Judith Jelsma
Back row: Hugo Pereira, Hidde van der Ploeg, Glyn Roberts

EuroFIT will present at ISPAH 2018 in London

 

During the “Increasing physical activity in overweight football fans” symposium at the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) 2018 congress, EuroFIT will present “Development and implementation of the EuroFIT intervention program in 15 professional football clubs across Europe”. ISPAH 2018 aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice, bringing a wealth of learning into one place.

The 7th ISPAH meeting will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London from the 15 to 17 October 2018. The meeting is co-hosted by Public Health England and Sport England – two agencies that lead the physical activity and health agenda in England. This forum has three main themes:

  • addressing inequalities within and through physical activity
  • evidence into policy and practice to achieve population change
  • physical activity and the wider determinants of health.

The aim of the EuroFIT presentation will be to describe the development and implementation of the EuroFIT intervention in 15 football clubs across four countries.

EuroFIT will feature at Society for Social Medicine conference, Glasgow

The study “Effectiveness of European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): randomised controlled trial in England, Portugal, the Netherlands and Norway” by Sally Wyke, C Bunn, E Andersen, J Gill, CM Gray, K Hunt, A McConnachie, F van Nassua, MN da Silva and HP van der Ploeg will be presented at the 62nd Society for Social Medicine meeting which will be held in Glasgow this year. The UK conference runs from the 5-7 September 2018.

The three-day academic and professional conference programme offers a mix of high quality, peer-reviewed oral presentations, posters and workshops and the opportunity for networking. Thematic oral presentations will fall under the categories: Health Inequalities, Health Services Research, Lifecourse, Neighbourhoods & Communities, and Mental Health & Wellbeing.

One of the two keynote lectures will be delivered by Professor Kate Hunt, a EuroFIT PI of the Institute of Social Marketing at the University of Stirling.

 

EuroFIT tactics score at the Football is Medicine conference

On January 25 and 26th, EuroFIT’s University of Lisbon team of Pedro Teixeira, Hugo Vieira Pereira and Marlene Silva and presented EuroFIT at the “Football is Medicine” international conference in Lisbon. This scientific conference assembled expert researchers from around the globe to present and discuss the increasing evidence of recreational football practice as a tool for the prevention and treatment of several non-communicable diseases.

Here, Hugo and Marlene facilitated a 1-hour session called “EUROFIT TACTICS: HARNESSING THE LOVE FOR FOOTBALL TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS’. The aim of the interactive talk was to present the good practices of intervention design and implementation and to give specific examples of EuroFIT’s intervention strategies. Pedro’s talk “FOOTBALL, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, AND PUBLIC HEALTH’ was also well-received by the audience.

EuroFIT Coordinator Prof. Sally Wyke at the 17th European Health Forum Gastein

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Prof. Wyke presented at a forum and workshop session convened by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation and for Health and Consumers and Education and Culture. The forum was held at the 17th European Health Forum Gastein (EFHG) (01 – 03 Oct 2014).

The forum examined ways of promoting physical activity and discussed the challenges and benefits of reducing sedentary behaviour, with presentations from four FP7-funded projects working to promote physical activity (EuroFIT, Credits4Health, PAPA and PASTA).

The session presented useful networking opportunities and lessons were learned that will beneficially impact on the conduct of the EuroFIT programme over the next 4 years.

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