In May and June 2014, the EuroFIT team held face-to-face interviews with our key stakeholders to identify ways in which we can improve our health promotion programme. You can find a summary of what we learned here.
EuroFIT researcher Annie Anderson (Dundee University) is organising an ISBPNA satellite meeting ‘Challenging Interventions with an obese society – engaging without enraging’ on 08 June 2015 in St. Andrews, Scotland. EuroFIT researcher Cindy Gray (Glasgow University) will speak at the meeting. Click here to see the event brochure.
The ISBNPA Satellite Meeting “Determinants of sedentary behaviour through the Life Course” will be held 8 -9 June 2015 in Glasgow. This meeting is organised by Glasgow Caledonian University and the European Joint Programme Initiative on Determinant of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC) and aims at developing a consensus framework of the determinants of sedentary behaviour and identify societal systems that influence sitting behaviour.
The objective is to enable harmonisation and prioritise research. During the meeting, there will be presentations by key note speakers (Neville Owen, Genevieve Healy, Jo Salmon, John Reilly, David Conroy, Stef Kremer and Dawn Skelton) and state of the online consensus and interactive technology so that all participants can provide their opinion and view the consensus unfold in real time.
Registration and further details can be found by clicking here.
Early bird registration fee is available until 31st January.
The Canadian Best Practices Initiative (CBPI) unit at the Public Health Agency of Canada has selected our predecessor “Football Fans In Training (FFIT)” as a Best Practice. Check it out on the Canadian Best Practices Portal – http://cbpp-pcpe.phac-aspc.
EuroFIT researcher Cindy Gray of Glasgow University presented at UKSBM 2014 in Nottingham on 04 Dec 2014. Cindy’s talk was titled ‘European Fans in Training: a socio-psychological approach to the development of a healthy lifestyle programme to engage an at-risk group in sustained behaviour change.
EuroFIT partner Healthy Stadia hosted representatives from clubs in the Netherlands, UK, Portugal and Norway on 22 Sept, 2014 in the Premier League Offices in London. The meeting was an opportunity for EuroFIT researchers and club representatives to discuss how to make sure the EuroFIT programme works in practice. Coaches agreed on the importance of rigorous evaluation and talked about cultural-sensitisation’ of EuroFIT to their club. They shared learning around recruitment and began to develop a sense of being part f the EuroFIT team.
A second meeting is planned for March 2015 to continue the discussion.
The first preliminary tests of the EuroFIT feasibility study have been completed by the VUmc EuroFIT team in collaboration with PSV.
PSV is very enthusiastic about EuroFIT and they agreed to run the Dutch preliminary tests of the EuroFIT feasibility study. As a result, 15 voluntary men joined the measurement sessions. Men were excited about taking part in the study. One man said:
‘It is great that our club offers the possibility to conduct these health tests and we can help them to improve the protocols at the same time’.
Men provided very useful feedback to improve the measurements.
At the moment, the EuroFIT teams in Portugal, Norway and UK are in the middle of their feasibility study. The EuroFIT team looks forward to benefit from the results of this feasibility study.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 602170. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.