Update from our EuroFIT partners at the University of Lisbon

EuroFIT recently featured in Dependencias Magazine, an institutional magazine that typically publishes news on topics relating to poor health habits and alcohol consumption.
However, the EuroFIT project was described in detail and exemplified as a set of best practices to be followed in interventional programs with the potential to influence behaviours, besides physical activity. This media coverage it is a spinoff of the already reported EuroFIT invitation to be a part of the National Forum for Alcohol and Health (FNAS), hosted by SICAD, a Department of the Portuguese Ministry of Health for Addictive Behaviours. For details on this alliance, please click here.
In the near future, our team at the University of Lisbon will report on Portuguese EuroFIT impact on alcohol consumption and implications for future programs.

You couldn’t ask for a better EuroFIT endorsement!

Blackburn Rovers season ticket holder Mike Graham believes in the Community Trust’s EuroFIT programme.

“I feel so much healthier, I have continued to lose weight but now I can put my shorts on for the first time in a while,” he said.

“I have lost the equivalent to 16 bags of sugar so EuroFIT has certainly worked for me! I saw the programme advertised on Twitter and it appealed to me straight away as I have been a Blackburn Rovers supporter for 54 years.

“The programme has been a challenge and it has helped me focus on my diet and fitness. It has been all about taking small steps because quite often by taking too much on, there is a tendency to give up after a few weeks.

“The [EuroFIT] programme was super and the staff at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust worked really hard to make sure the sessions were fun. We had a wide range of people continuously attending and it has helped not only change people’s lives but add a few years on to their lives.”

Read Blackburn Rovers’ and Mike’s entire success story here.

To watch a video interview in full with Mike, please click here.

Leicester City Football Club celebrates Men’s Health Week with EuroFIT roll-out

Following the successful delivery of their first EuroFIT programme earlier this year, Leicester City Community Trust will begin their second programme later this month.

Healthy Stadia alongside partners from the EuroFIT steering group have been working hard to develop a licensing model for clubs – and Leicester City is one of the first clubs in Europe to take advantage of this.

LCFC Community Trust will be recruiting fans with a BMI of 27 and above to take part in their second programme which will get underway with an information session on 26 June 2018 at King Power Stadium, Leicester. You can read more about the Leicester EuroFIT programme below.

Welcome to the EuroFIT team, Dr Aureliano Finch

“I am a postdoctoral researcher within the Faculty of Science, Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment at Vrije Universitat in Amsterdam. Prior to moving to Amsterdam, I graduated from the London School of Economics/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine joint MSc programme “Health Policy, Planning and Financing”. I worked for one year as a White Helmet for the Caritas Brasileira Regional do Piaui in Brazil, and for two years as a research fellow at Bocconi University in Milan.

As you can see, I love travelling, meeting new people and discovering new cultures. I also love my postdoc research, of which EuroFIT is a part!

I am originally from Rome. My undergraduate degree was in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs, from the University of Bologna. The third year I passed in Lisbon, thanks to the Erasmus Exchange program. After obtaining my BSc I went to work for the Italian Chamber of Ministries in Piaui, Brazil. Working in Brazil influenced my interests profoundly, leading me to develop a marked orientation towards health-care issues. This is why I decided to pursue the MSc joint programme in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (Health Economics) at The London School of Economics and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

I did my PhD under the supervision of John Brazier at the University of Sheffield. This was a quantitative investigation of methods to identify bolt-on dimensions for generic preference-based measures. I decided to do my PhD with John Brazier because while conducting research for my MSc dissertation on quality of life measures I repeatedly came across John’s publications, and I really enjoyed learning from his book. I found the area of measuring and valuing health and wellbeing extremely interesting to me, as it involved multidisciplinary research. Psychometric assessment draws upon psychology to estimate the appropriateness of questionnaires, scales and instruments. This involves considering variables such as attitudes, personality traits and educational levels. At the same time, investigating quality of life and wellbeing measures requires a sound knowledge of the underlying bias of these instruments that derive utilities through direct-elicitation instruments based on the expected utility theory. Last but not least, the output of multi-attribute psychometric assessment has a practical application in managerial sciences, informing health care providers of the preferred instruments to use in different decision-making contexts. This is why, when it came to choosing a PhD, I had no doubts I wanted to work in this area, and that John was the perfect supervisor.

During the first year of the PhD, while conducting a literature review I noticed that all bolt-on studies published to date claimed the relevance of a bolt-on dimension based on experts’ opinion or qualitative methods. Moreover, I noticed differences in the steps undertaken between these studies, which highlighted a lack of methodological guidance. This is why I proposed to compare different quantitative methods in order to inform the identification and selection of bolt-ons. The PhD resulted in 4 papers: An overview of systematic reviews on the validity and responsiveness of 5 generic preference-based measures which has been published in the European Journal of Health Economics; An exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis for identifying bolt-ons, and a regression study on selecting bolt-ons using their ability to predict differences in HRQoL which are published in RnR in Value in Health; and a study on using preferences from discrete choice experiments for selecting bolt-ons. Aspects of the PhD have been presented in numerous international conferences, such as ISPOR, Health Economics Study Group and Advances in Patient-reported outcomes.

My PhD relates to economic evaluations as it provides methods for improving the consistency of decision and the cross-program comparability of health technology assessments. I am thrilled to work on the EuroFIT project, as it will allow me using other quantitative methods for informing decision making in the healthcare sector.”

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aureliano-finch-33646942/

 

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.

 

Universidade de Lisboa

EuroFIT Month 55 plenary meeting, Lisbon

The final EuroFIT consortium meeting was hosted by the University of Lisbon in Lisbon on May 8th and 9th 2018. The meeting entailed work package updates, publication planning, presentations on the latest results, discussions on implementation of the project findings, and final reflections and future priorities.

By all accounts, it was an enjoyable and productive meeting! Find the detailed agenda below.

EuroFIT M55 Lisbon 2018 Plenary agenda

 

Clubs Update from the University of Lisbon

EuroFIT at SC Braga and Rio Ave FC is up and running!
In both clubs, the program runs on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm.  Delivered by trained coaches and with the participation of former glories of that clubs, the program has gathered the enthusiasm of participants!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Inger!

In order to welcome Inger Abma based at the Radboud University Medical Center to the EuroFIT project, I asked her a few questions about her background, research interests and PhD. Here is what she reports:

I’m originally from Nijmegen, NL, studied biomedical sciences with a focus on Health Technology Assessment and a consultancy profile. I did my master’s internship at Imperial College London and ended up working and living there for 2.5 years. I worked on a qualitative research project about organizational and financial barriers and facilitators of the implementation of home haemodialysis in kidney care in the UK. Then I came back to The Netherlands to do a PhD and coincidentally ended up back in Nijmegen.

My PhD is about patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs – are questionnaires about a patient’s health status, completed by the patient) and how they can be used to improve healthcare. I developed and validated a PROM for patients with obstructive sleep apnea, and implemented it in the daily clinical practice of three sleep centres for my study. After a patient has completed the PROM, an overview with smileys becomes available for patients and healthcare professionals, showing how well the patient is doing with regard to the different aspects of apnea-related quality of life. The goal is to make patients better aware of which of their health complaints may be related to apnea, to increase the attention to quality of life during consultations, and to monitor a patient’s symptoms and problems. In the last study of my PhD, I interviewed patients and healthcare professionals about their experiences with and opinions of the PROM, and how implementation could be improved. I am currently writing up the last results of this study – and of course, I am now working on EuroFIT.

How does my PhD fit with EuroFIT: I am interested in the barriers and facilitators of the implementation of innovations.

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/inger-abma-83351540/

ResearchGate profile:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Inger_Abma?ev=hdr_xprf

As reported by Danielle Nicholson, Pintail Limited.

 

Update from the Blackburn Rovers EuroFIT programme, April 2018

Dr Matthew Philpott of Healthy Stadia reports on the EuroFIT delivery at the Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire, UK. The Blackburn Rovers Football Club has 20 men participating in their EuroFIT pilot programme. Participants are ready to start Week 6. Thus far, feedback from both the coaches and the participants has been extremely positive.

Below are some new photos and a video from the pilot delivery at the Blackburn Rovers FC. You can read more about Blackburn Rovers’s EuroFIT programme here.