Judith Jelsma reports: Dutch coach-the-coach training completed

The Dutch coach-the-coaches training was facilitated by Judith Jelsma and Harm Oppers (former EuroFIT coach PSV) on 30-31 October 2017 at SC Heerenveen.  In SC Heerenveen EuroFIT will be led by a former first-team player and a student from CIOS, a national sports training institute.

It was a fruitful two-day training session in which a lot of practical information and examples on delivering EuroFIT were shared. Attendants felt it was really valuable to receive information on how to deal with this specific population and to receive more information and practical ideas on how to deliver the sessions.

‘It was a great day and I am confident the coaches of SC Heerenveen will deliver a great implementation delivery. During the mock deliveries, the coaches really did a good job, with giving some nice club related examples and framing the mock delivery in a football context,’ commented Judith Jelsma of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute, VU University Medical Center.

SC Heerenveen will start on 9 November with the first EuroFIT introduction session. SC Heerenveen received expressions of interest from 40 men within 1.5 days! They invited 20 men to participate and might organize a second round in March (if funding is available).


EuroFIT’s Eivind Andersen ‘coaches the coaches’ at SK BRANN, Bergen

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, SK Brann presented a collaboration with Norway’s Sports College, which will make motivated supporters more physically active and in better shape.
 
Dr Eivind Andersen, a researcher in the Department of Coaching and Psychology in the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences facilitated a ‘coaching of the coaches’ session at the new club, SK Brann in Bergen, Norway.
 
During the coaching session, four coaches were in attendance. The training entailed key elements of EuroFIT; physical activity, diet, weight reduction and group dynamics. These training sessions are embedded in a study on the implementation of the EuroFIT health promotion program for supporters of football clubs.
 
Andersen comments, “SK Brann is a professional and dedicated club in which I have full confidence will deliver EuroFIT in a good way”
 

New EuroFIT publication in ‘BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine’

The EuroFIT consortium published “Feasibility of a real-time self-monitoring device for sitting less and moving more: a randomised controlled trial” in the BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine journal on the 29 August 2017.

 

The study authors were Anne Martin, Jacob M Adams, Christopher Bunn, Jason M R Gill, Cindy M Gray, Kate Hunt, Douglas J Maxwell, Hidde P van der Ploeg, Sally Wyke, and Nanette Mutrie.

 

Trial objectives: Time spent inactive and sedentary are both associated with poor health. Self-monitoring of walking, using pedometers for real-time feedback, is effective at increasing physical activity. This study evaluated the feasibility of a new pocket-worn sedentary time and physical activity real-time self-monitoring device (SitFIT).

Methods: Forty sedentary men were equally randomised into two intervention groups. For 4 weeks, one group received a SitFIT providing feedback on steps and time spent sedentary (lying/sitting); the other group received a SitFIT providing feedback on steps and time spent upright (standing/stepping). Change in sedentary time, standing time, stepping time and step count were assessed using activPAL monitors at designated time intervals. Semistructured interviews were conducted after 4 and 12 weeks.

Results: The SitFIT was reported as acceptable and usable and seen as a motivating tool to reduce sedentary time by both groups. On average, the two groups of participants reduced their sedentary time by 7.8 minutes/day and by 8.2 minutes/day. They increased their standing time by 23.2 minutes/day and 16.2 minutes/day. Stepping time was increased by 8.5 minutes/day and 9.0 minutes/day.

Conclusion: The novel real-time self-monitoring device, the SitFIT, was perceived as a useful and practical tool for changing sedentary time, upright time and step count. The SitFIT, in combination with other behaviour change techniques, encouraged small improvements in the number of steps and time spent sedentary and standing in a short intervention. Our fully powered trial will further investigate this. The SitFIT seems a promising tool for integration in more intensive intervention programmes.

Prof Nanette Mutrie, Chair in Physical Activity for Health, Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (SPEHS) at the University of Edinburgh commented, ‘The results from this pilot trial gave us confidence in the use of the SitFIT and guided us to the best displays for this device for the main trial.’

Read the entire open access paper here.

Prof Pedro Teixeira presents EuroFIT at EHPS 2017 in Padua

Prof Pedro Teixeira

Prof Pedro Teixeira from the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Group in the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana at the Universidade de Lisboa presented at the 31st Conference of European Health Psychology Society which was hosted by the University of Padova in Italy. The theme of the EHPS 2017 meeting was “Innovative ideas in Health Psychology”. The presentation ‘The EuroFIT Project: Promoting Physical Activity and Reduced Sedentary Time in Football Clubs’ and was delivered on 31 August 2017.

The European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) promotes empirical and theoretical research in and applications of health psychology within Europe as well as the interchange of information related to health psychology with other associations throughout the world towards an international achievement of these aims. Learn more about the EHPS 2017 conference here.

 

 

Public Consultation: Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market

Please participate in a public consultation in preparation of a European Commission Communication on Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market (“DigiCare”) exploring public opinion regarding portability, access to, and sharing of personal health data.
This public consultation will “define the need and scope of policy measures that will promote digital innovation in improving people’s health, and address systemic challenges to healthcare systems. This must be aligned with legislation on the protection of personal data, patient rights and electronic identification”.
The deadline for participation is on 12th October 2017. To participate: http://ow.ly/Zcgc30fepqg

Prof Dr Glyn C. Roberts presents EuroFIT at FSSS Conference, Jyvaskyla

Prof Dr Glyn Roberts, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

The Finnish Society of Sports Sciences (FSSS) commemorated the centenary of Finland’s independence with a Finish Conference on Sport Science 2017. The Conference was held in Jyvaskyla, Finland, 30 August – 1 September. The conference theme was ‘How does sport science look in 100-year old Finland?’

Prof Dr Glyn Roberts, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences presented ‘Motivational strategies for sustained behaviour change: The case within EuroFIT’ on Friday, 1 September. One of the major concerns for researchers is to have participants sustain an active life style once introduced to weight loss, reduced sedentary behaviour, diet, and fitness strategies within an intervention. EuroFIT employs evidence-based state of the science motivation enhancement strategies based on the contemporary motivation theories of Self-Determination and Achievement Goals. We do not have data lock yet, and the success of the intervention will be determined when we find whether, or not, participants sustained their behaviour at the 12-month testing session. For more information about the conference, please see http://www.sportscience.fi/events/finnish-conference-sport-science-2017

The Conference was organized by FSSS in cooperation with the University of Jyvaskyla, The Ministry of Education and Culture, the City of Jyvaskyla and LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health.

June 2016 Flash Report Available!

Check out our latest flash report to see what we’ve been up to!

EuroFIT Flash Report May 2016.1 EuroFIT Flash Report May 2016.2

EuroFIT – Rosenborg in newspaper in Norway

EuroFIT received some great press coverage today in Norway – you can read the story in Norwegian here!

Rosenborg media Jun2016

Premier League clubs turn ‘losers’ into winners at inaugural 5-a-side EuroFIT tournament

A new health project entitled European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) working with overweight football fans from top clubs across Europe celebrated the achievements of UK men participating in the first year of the project at an inaugural 5-a-side tournament.

Teams from Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Stoke City battled it out to be crowned champions of England at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus on the afternoon of Saturday 4th June.

In the searing Manchester heat, Arsenal prevailed despite a difficult start in their final fixture against rivals Stoke. The Gunners looked to be strolling to victory after winning their first three games without conceding a single goal. However two early goals from the Potters put them on the back foot and with Newcastle ahead against Everton, goal difference looked to be the only thing separating the top two teams in the inaugural EuroFIT tournament.

A controversial decision for the Toffees earned them a late draw to hand Arsenal the title but not before Arsenal’s superior passing ability had shone through with the London club eventually seeing off Stoke in a thrilling 7-3 victory.

Many of the players involved in the tournament led inactive lifestyles before joining the EuroFIT programme, but with a little help from club coaches, they have been given the opportunity to score goals for their favourite team at iconic stadiums such as St James’ Park and Emirates Stadium.

Over the course of the 12 week programme, which started in Autumn 2015, men learnt new skills to make changes in their everyday life, aiming to become more active, reduce sitting time and improve their diet. They also learnt how to make these new behaviours stick for good. To kick off these changes, men were given a new device called a SitFIT™ which provides real-time feedback on how much time individuals spend sitting and how much time is spent moving around.

Researchers from 12 European academic institutions and SME’s are currently evaluating EuroFIT in a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial in football clubs across the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and the Premier League clubs mentioned above, to verify its impact on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, physical and mental health.

Dr. Matthew Philpott, Executive Director of the European Healthy Stadia Network, comments:

“A huge congratulations to all the clubs and players for taking part in today’s tournament. The afternoon was filled with excitement and celebration, and went right to the wire.”

“Men are less likely to engage in positive lifestyle change, but EuroFIT harnesses the already established loyalty and attachment many men feel towards their football clubs to encourage significant levels of behaviour change.”

“The EuroFIT project is helping fans to improve their physical activity levels, decrease the amount of time they spend sitting down, and improve their diet. Healthy fans make healthy clubs.”

Professor Sally Wyke, Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, comments:     

“The guys that have done the programme are making huge progress to a healthier life.  The tournament was testament to their commitment to making healthy lifestyles a reality for them and their families.  The clubs’ community organisations are doing great work.”

Note to Editors:

  • EuroFIT is funded by the EU’s Framework Programme Seven: 602170, and is supported by leading professional football clubs including Dutch Eredivisie, English Premier League, Portuguese Primeira Liga, and Norweigian Tippe-ligaen. The project bid was developed by the consortium over 12 months and received backing from UEFA and the World Heart Federation. The project will conclude in late 2018.
  • The UK tournament has been coordinated by the European Healthy Stadia Network and funded by the University of Glasgow’s Knowledge Exchange Fund and the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account.
  • In the WHO European Region physical inactivity accounts for around a million deaths per year (about 10% of the total). High levels of sedentary behaviour are associated with adverse health outcomes and increased mortality. Inactivity and sedentary behaviour cluster together with other risk factors for ill health such as poor diet and obesity.
  • For more information on the EuroFIT project and the different partners involved, please visit http://eurofitfp7.eu or follow them on Twitter @eurofitFP7

Final Table:

eurofit_tableThe Teams: 

eurofit_teams

Further photos from tournament available on request

For more information, please contact:

Matthew Philpott, Executive Director Healthy Stadia

E: matthew.philpott@healthystadie.eu

T: 0151 237 2686

W: www.healthystadia.eu

Tw: @healthystadia