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.


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.