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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National Football Fans In Training (FFIT) Tournament

Current and former participants from the FFIT programme will play in a 7-a-side tournament in Falkirk Stadium on Saturday 28th June 2014. Teams from football clubs across Scotland, as well as a few celebrity teams, will compete. Players, families and friends will be welcomed to the stadium where matches will run from 9 am.

The tournament will be a celebration of the excellent work of all participants in the programme from across Scotland, and is an opportunity for FFIT participants to unite on the pitch.