We were delighted to have a substantial article by our own Marlene Silva (partner FMH) published by the Portuguese Society of Cardiology. The article was titled “The football club as a promoter of health in the population: the example of the EuroFIT program” and can be viewed here (Portuguese language). RFR_art693
EuroFIT received extensive media coverage, in the context of the ECO 2017 Conference. The following links are all Portuguese media (ECO took place in Porto), and highlight the commitment of major football clubs to the project, and the benefits that fans enjoy from the project.
EuroFIT presented at ECO 2017 (http://eco2017.easo.org/ , May 17-20, 2017, in Porto, Portugal) on the Power of Football to Promote Behavioural Change for better health.
The poster is titled “The power of football: A socio-psychological approach to promotE behaviour change in overweight and sedentary men in the European Fans in Training project” – click to download it.
EuroFIT continues to gain great media attention in Portugal, even before its starring role in the new Programme for Physical Activity, launched on World Physical Activity Day.
On RTP1, on 11 April 2017: A feature on EuroFIT Portugal
On RTP3, on 12 April 2017, A feature on EuroFIT in Portugal
On SPORT-TV, on 12 April 2017, a feature on the EuroFIT programme and its new role in the national initiative to reduce physical inactivity and promote activity
..and on TVI, a feature on the signing of the protocol between the Portuguese Football Federation and the Directorate General of Health and (EuroFIT partners) the Faculty of Human Motricity (FMH).
On 11 April 2017, World Physical Activity Day, EuroFIT played a key role in the launch of the Portuguese government’s National Physical Activity programme.
A formal partnership to roll out the EuroFIT programme was signed between the Portuguese government’s Directorate-General for Health and the Portuguese Football Federation.
Full details of the day are published (in Portuguese) at http://dia-atividade-fisica-2017.fmh.ulisboa.pt
This partnership places EuroFIT and its programme within the core activities of the national initiative, and demonstrates the important value that EuroFIT is delivering to the wider population. This development is an important result for EuroFIT, and reflects the commitment of Portuguese government and football to the health and well-being of football fans.
The launch event was supported by the Portuguese government’s Directorate-General for Health, the Portuguese Football Federation, the University of Lisbon-Faculty of Human Medicine, the EuroFIT consortium, and the World Health Organisation.
image courtesy FMH
EuroFIT was ably represented by Dr Marlene Silva from partners FMH, at the recent Public Health Research Day, organised by the EU Commission in Brussels. Marlene’s presentation focused on the long-term sustainability of health-related behavioural change, and on scaling-up research-based interventions, to achieve population impact. Both of these are critical issues for public health research projects.
Below: Marlene presenting.
More media coverage of the dangers of long periods of sedentary time – here .
The importance of standing and moving about regularly throughout the day is a key message for EuroFIT – an innovative feature of our SitFIT technology is the ability to detect and provide feedback on sedentary time.
EuroFIT participant Ian Henry, from Stoke, has set up a great new website dedicated to the growing walking football community. Visit him at www.walkingfootball.com
Sally Wyke presented at the IRC Interdisciplinary Research Workshop for Health, in Galway – focusing on how to set up and lead a successful interdisciplinary research project….especially for EU projects.
Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPrubwiIiAg
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.