EuroFIT at FNAS/SICAD Forum, Portugal

In the recent past, a presentation of EuroFIT by the University of Lisbon team at the U Lisboa Health Network caught the attention of the President of the National Forum for Alcohol and Health (FNAS). As a result, the University of Lisbon EuroFIT research group was invited to be a part of the Forum. This Forum hosted by SICAD (a department of the Ministry of Health for Addictive Behaviours) engages several key partners from key areas (e.g. scientific societies, other ministries, key social agents/organisations from different fields) to stimulate interaction between these key partners, discuss good practices and produce reports.  The aims of the Forum are to share good practices and to debate further how can lifestyle- and exercise-based programs also serve to “spill-over” to other health behaviours, such as alcohol consumption. If EuroFIT proves to be effective in reducing alcohol consumption they would like us to write a short report on good practices to be followed by interventional programs with the potential to influence behaviour.

On 19th February 2018, Prof Marlene Silva, University of Lisbon presented on EuroFIT for the FNAS Forum and highlighted best practices in this regard. “It was really well accepted by all members who were really enthusiastic about the project and eager to know more about the results (regarding alcohol). This was a fruitful dissemination and networking opportunity for the EuroFIT team going forward and allowed for future potential developments to be explored.”

 

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.

Maximizing EuroFIT’s impact: Dissemination news from Marlene Silva at the U of Lisbon

On January 11, 2018, Prof Doutora Marlene Silva, University of Lisbon gave an invited talk at a conference at Autonoma University (Lisbon, Portugal) in relation to good practices for health behavior change interventions from research to practice. EuroFIT was used as an optimal example, illustrating the main focus of the talk.

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90 Segondos de Ciencia

The University of Lisbon’s Dr Marlene N. Silva discusses EuroFIT on the Portuguese radio programme ‘90 Seconds of Science’ on 4 January 2018.

Have a listen to the segment here https://www.rtp.pt/play/p2936/e322278/90-segundos-ciencia

Portuguese Coach Training at the ‘City of Football’

On November 14th and 15th, coaches from Braga and Rio Ave football clubs received their coach training. Both clubs will start recruitment and plan to begin the EuroFIT program in January 2018.

“It was great training, we learned a lot of new and exciting things but most of all a new way of interacting with participants and facilitating change!” said one of the participants. Some former FMH-University of Lisboa students (now working in the sports arena) also received the training, anticipating future delivery of it. The training occurred at the home of the Portuguese National Team, and was led by Marlene Silva and Hugo Pereira, EuroFIT researchers at FMH-U Lisbon, with the assistance of former EuroFIT coaches from SL Benfica and FC Porto. Examples and assistance from these former coaches were great and much appreciated. Everyone was unanimous in considering that their inputs brought not only applied examples, but also reassurance and inspiration. Team spirit and camaraderie were dominant throughout the training!

Publication- The intervention process in the European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) trial: a mixed method protocol for evaluation

EuroFIT consortium has published a paper: The intervention process in the European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) trial: a mixed method protocol for evaluation by authors Van de Glind, I., Bunn, C. J., Gray, C. M., Hunt, K., Andersen, E., Jelsma, J., Morgan, H., Pereira, H., Roberts, G., Rooksby, J., Røynesdal, Ø., Silva, M. N., Sørensen, M., Treweek, S., Van Achterberg, T., Van der Ploeg, H., Van Nassau, F., Nijhuis-van der Sanden, R., Wyke, S. The paper provides an evaluation of the implementation of the program and appeared in Trials, a BioMed Central open access journal (18:356, 27 July 2017).

‘This paper describes the design of a mixed methods process evaluation embedded within a multicentre pragmatic trial, for which 1000 overweight men, aged 30–65 years, will be recruited in 15 top professional football clubs across the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the UK. EuroFIT is an evidence-based and theory-based, gender-sensitised, health and lifestyle program that aims to attract men who wish to make changes to their physical activity, sedentary behaviour and diet, through an interest in football and their personal connections and loyalties to the football club they attend. The process evaluation is designed to investigate how the implementation is achieved in the various football clubs and countries and the processes through which the EuroFIT program affects outcomes. By publishing the protocol for this process evaluation, we make the methodological choices that we have made explicit.’

Read the paper in its entirety here.

 

 

Profs Kate Hunt and Theo van Achterberg will present research at SPARC 2017

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 Roberts will present EuroFIT at SAICON 2017 in Delhi

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.

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”