EuroFIT PIs will present at SPARC 2017, a conference which will be held at Edinburgh University, UK on Thursday, 23 November. Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections or SPARC is a network of physical activity researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in Scotland. SPARC is organised by the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) at the University of Edinburgh and the Active Scotland Division at the Scottish Government. Two EuroFIT PIs will deliver keynote addresses. Professor Theo van Achterberg (KU Leuven, Belgium) will present Theory and practice in the implementation of health promoting interventions and Professor Kate Hunt (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow) will present Implementation in practice from Football Fans in Training (FFIT) Project. The entire SPARC 2017 programme can be found here.
Prof Glyn C. Roberts of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences on behalf of the EuroFIT Consortium has been invited to give the keynote address: Motivation strategies for sustained behaviour change in active lifestyle interventions: The EuroFIT project at SAICON 2017. SAICON is the International Conference on Sports Medicine and Sports Science organized by the Sports Authority of India.The theme of the 2017 conference is “Scoring Goals in Sports with Science & Technology”. The conference will be held in Delhi, India on December 5-9th. For more information on the SAICON conference, click here.
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).
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 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.
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”.
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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.
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