Our latest Flash Report gives an update on development of the EuroFIT programme, preparation for our randomised controlled trial and an update on our technologies (SitFIT and MatchFIT).
You can find the report here.
At the Everton Pilot, Goodison Park are (l to r) Alan Pollock, Christopher Bunn, Lisa Macaulay, Ian Macleod
The EuroFIT pilot study, which is taking place at Everton Football Club, reached the half-way point on 25th June. A regular group of eight men are participating in the pilot. The men have all received SitFITs to help them keep track of their daily step count, the amount of time they spend sitting and the amount of time they spend upright. The Everton coaches have encouraged the men to use the information from the SitFIT to practice self-monitoring and to set step and upright time goals each week.
Amongst many activities, the first six weeks of the programme has seen men go on a walking tour of Goodison Park, carry out physical activity in the stands and beside the pitch, play a game of walking football, discuss healthy eating, and think about the things that can prevent them from being as active as they would like to be.
The research team are using the study to assess how men and coaches respond to the programme and to reflect upon the time that is allocated to each of the activities. The learning we take from this study will be used to refine and finalise the programme before it is applied in the EuroFIT Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) later this year.
In the Netherlands, ADO Den Haag and PSV participated in specially developed EuroFIT workshops in May 2015. The clubs invited coaches, local sport partners, fans, sponsors and other stakeholders to take part. The aim of the workshop was to let the participants experience a part of the EuroFIT program and prepare them for recruitment. Using the SitFIT device, participants self-monitored standing time and step count during the class room session and a tour of the pitch. The meeting closed with a match of walking football. This workshop enabled the EuroFIT team to involve important stakeholders to improve recruitment for the EuroFIT program within the clubs. We received useful feedback and the enthusiasm of all participants was heart-warming.
EuroFIT was well represented at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 14th Meeting in Edinburgh (03 – 06 June). EuroFIT Coordinator Prof. Sally Wyke and Prof. Kate Hunt (Glasgow University) gave a keynote lecture ‘Enhancing the social and cultural relevance of interventions: the inter-disciplinary science of behaviour change’. Lessons from FFIT, the successful predecessor of EuroFIT, were shared and the aims of EuroFIT were presented.
Glasgow University researcher Cindy Gray also presented a poster ‘European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): a socio-psychological approach to the development of a healthy lifestyle programme to engage an at-risk group in sustained behaviour change’. The poster presented the results of the research we have undertaken to develop the EuroFIT programme.
In a public event at the Universidade de Lisboa, FC Porto, Sporting CP, and SL Benfica signed formal partnership agreements with the host institution, the Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMH).
EuroFIT researcher Pedro Teixeira gave a presentation about the project to an audience that included researchers, government and sporting officials, former athletes, and FMH staff and students. The clubs will deliver the EuroFIT programme on club grounds starting later in 2015.
The team had a very productive meeting in Oslo, 06 – 08 May 2015, hosted by the Norweigan School of Sport Sciences. We discussed how to help men ‘sit less and walk more’, how to best use the SitFIT device for self-monitoring and how to integrate the MatchFIT app into the EuroFIT programme. Plans for the feasibility assessment of the programme with Everton in the Community, which starts 14 May 2015, were shared. Our international RCT is due to start soon, with recruitment starting in the Netherlands.
We’ll start our feasibility work in Everton in the United Kingdom on 14 May.
We’ll be working with Everton in the Community to test out the EuroFIT programme before launching the full-scale trial later in the year.
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