Blackburn Rovers season ticket holder Mike Graham believes in the Community Trust’s EuroFIT programme.
“I have lost the equivalent to 16 bags of sugar so EuroFIT has certainly worked for me! I saw the programme advertised on Twitter and it appealed to me straight away as I have been a Blackburn Rovers supporter for 54 years.
“The programme has been a challenge and it has helped me focus on my diet and fitness. It has been all about taking small steps because quite often by taking too much on, there is a tendency to give up after a few weeks.
“The [EuroFIT] programme was super and the staff at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust worked really hard to make sure the sessions were fun. We had a wide range of people continuously attending and it has helped not only change people’s lives but add a few years on to their lives.”
Read Blackburn Rovers’ and Mike’s entire success story here.
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Several partners of EuroFIT presented at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) meeting held in Hong Kong. The meeting ran from 3-6 of June 2018. EuroFIT-focussed symposia and presentations included: “European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): The power of football in living a healthy lifestyle”, “Using Motivational Theory to Promote Health Behaviour Change in the European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) Project”, “Effectiveness of the EuroFIT Lifestyle Program Delivered to Male Football Fans Across Europe”, “A Mixed Methods Process Evaluation of the EuroFIT Intervention” and “Impilo Nezenkolo: Adaption of Football Fans in Training/ EuroFIT Healthy Lifestyle Programmes to Low-income Faith-based Settings in Urban and Rural South Africa”.
Read the entire list of abstracts presented at ISBNPA 2018 here.
Pictured above, L to R: Front row: Kate Hunt, Femke van Nassau, Douglas Maxwell, Judith Jelsma
Back row: Hugo Pereira, Hidde van der Ploeg, Glyn Roberts
Following the successful delivery of their first EuroFIT programme earlier this year, Leicester City Community Trust will begin their second programme later this month.
Healthy Stadia alongside partners from the EuroFIT steering group have been working hard to develop a licensing model for clubs – and Leicester City is one of the first clubs in Europe to take advantage of this.
LCFC Community Trust will be recruiting fans with a BMI of 27 and above to take part in their second programme which will get underway with an information session on 26 June 2018 at King Power Stadium, Leicester. You can read more about the Leicester EuroFIT programme below.
“I am a postdoctoral researcher within the Faculty of Science, Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment at Vrije Universitat in Amsterdam. Prior to moving to Amsterdam, I graduated from the London School of Economics/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine joint MSc programme “Health Policy, Planning and Financing”. I worked for one year as a White Helmet for the Caritas Brasileira Regional do Piaui in Brazil, and for two years as a research fellow at Bocconi University in Milan.
As you can see, I love travelling, meeting new people and discovering new cultures. I also love my postdoc research, of which EuroFIT is a part!
I am originally from Rome. My undergraduate degree was in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs, from the University of Bologna. The third year I passed in Lisbon, thanks to the Erasmus Exchange program. After obtaining my BSc I went to work for the Italian Chamber of Ministries in Piaui, Brazil. Working in Brazil influenced my interests profoundly, leading me to develop a marked orientation towards health-care issues. This is why I decided to pursue the MSc joint programme in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (Health Economics) at The London School of Economics and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
I did my PhD under the supervision of John Brazier at the University of Sheffield. This was a quantitative investigation of methods to identify bolt-on dimensions for generic preference-based measures. I decided to do my PhD with John Brazier because while conducting research for my MSc dissertation on quality of life measures I repeatedly came across John’s publications, and I really enjoyed learning from his book. I found the area of measuring and valuing health and wellbeing extremely interesting to me, as it involved multidisciplinary research. Psychometric assessment draws upon psychology to estimate the appropriateness of questionnaires, scales and instruments. This involves considering variables such as attitudes, personality traits and educational levels. At the same time, investigating quality of life and wellbeing measures requires a sound knowledge of the underlying bias of these instruments that derive utilities through direct-elicitation instruments based on the expected utility theory. Last but not least, the output of multi-attribute psychometric assessment has a practical application in managerial sciences, informing health care providers of the preferred instruments to use in different decision-making contexts. This is why, when it came to choosing a PhD, I had no doubts I wanted to work in this area, and that John was the perfect supervisor.
During the first year of the PhD, while conducting a literature review I noticed that all bolt-on studies published to date claimed the relevance of a bolt-on dimension based on experts’ opinion or qualitative methods. Moreover, I noticed differences in the steps undertaken between these studies, which highlighted a lack of methodological guidance. This is why I proposed to compare different quantitative methods in order to inform the identification and selection of bolt-ons. The PhD resulted in 4 papers: An overview of systematic reviews on the validity and responsiveness of 5 generic preference-based measures which has been published in the European Journal of Health Economics; An exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis for identifying bolt-ons, and a regression study on selecting bolt-ons using their ability to predict differences in HRQoL which are published in RnR in Value in Health; and a study on using preferences from discrete choice experiments for selecting bolt-ons. Aspects of the PhD have been presented in numerous international conferences, such as ISPOR, Health Economics Study Group and Advances in Patient-reported outcomes.
My PhD relates to economic evaluations as it provides methods for improving the consistency of decision and the cross-program comparability of health technology assessments. I am thrilled to work on the EuroFIT project, as it will allow me using other quantitative methods for informing decision making in the healthcare sector.”
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aureliano-finch-33646942/
During the “Increasing physical activity in overweight football fans” symposium at the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) 2018 congress, EuroFIT will present “Development and implementation of the EuroFIT intervention program in 15 professional football clubs across Europe”. ISPAH 2018 aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice, bringing a wealth of learning into one place.
The 7th ISPAH meeting will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London from the 15 to 17 October 2018. The meeting is co-hosted by Public Health England and Sport England – two agencies that lead the physical activity and health agenda in England. This forum has three main themes:
- addressing inequalities within and through physical activity
- evidence into policy and practice to achieve population change
- physical activity and the wider determinants of health.
The aim of the EuroFIT presentation will be to describe the development and implementation of the EuroFIT intervention in 15 football clubs across four countries.
The study “Effectiveness of European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): randomised controlled trial in England, Portugal, the Netherlands and Norway” by Sally Wyke, C Bunn, E Andersen, J Gill, CM Gray, K Hunt, A McConnachie, F van Nassua, MN da Silva and HP van der Ploeg will be presented at the 62nd Society for Social Medicine meeting which will be held in Glasgow this year. The UK conference runs from the 5-7 September 2018.
The three-day academic and professional conference programme offers a mix of high quality, peer-reviewed oral presentations, posters and workshops and the opportunity for networking. Thematic oral presentations will fall under the categories: Health Inequalities, Health Services Research, Lifecourse, Neighbourhoods & Communities, and Mental Health & Wellbeing.
One of the two keynote lectures will be delivered by Professor Kate Hunt, a EuroFIT PI of the Institute of Social Marketing at the University of Stirling.
The final EuroFIT consortium meeting was hosted by the University of Lisbon in Lisbon on May 8th and 9th 2018. The meeting entailed work package updates, publication planning, presentations on the latest results, discussions on implementation of the project findings, and final reflections and future priorities.
A symposium entitled: ‘European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): results from research to develop and evaluate a lifestyle program for men delivered in professional football clubs in four countries’ will be facilitated at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity annual meeting. The conference will be held in Hong Kong from 3- 6 June 2018. The chairs of the session will be EuroFIT PI Prof. Sally Wyke of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK and Prof. Greet Cardon of the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
The purpose of the symposium is to present results of the European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) project funded by the EU in order to generate discussion about the impact on public health.
Developed with the goal to change the social norm in Portugal, and encourage the football clubs to be seen also as agents of health promotion, the Portuguese Football Federation it is hosting the EuroFIT program at their facilities in the City of Football (home of Portuguese national football team).
By hosting the program (and sponsoring the pilot clubs) the FPF aims to lead by example and influence others!
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