Excellent further media coverage for EuroFIT in Portugal

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).

 

EuroFIT central to major new initiative in Portugal

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

Successful EuroFIT plenary in Amsterdam

The EuroFIT consortium enjoyed a fruitful and successful plenary meeting in Amsterdam, on 9 and 10 May. We would all like to thank our kind hosts at VUmc for the excellent organisation.

The meeting focused on process evaluation of the EuroFIT RCT trial, on making EuroFIT attractive to new audiences (particularly women), on the cleaning and analysis of the data captured during the EuroFIT trial, on writing papers, and on replication, exploitation and implementation into the future.

With just over a year to go, we have lots of exciting times ahead!

 

Check out our new Spring 2017 Flash Report

EuroFIT recently released a new Flash Report to our mailing list. You can view it here

Highlights include

– The EuroFIT trial across four countries

– Clarity on the IP model for replicating EuroFIT

– The challenge of Data Analysis.

EuroFIT presents at EU’s Public Health Research Day, Brussels

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.

Sedentary time recognised as a health risk

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 sets up walkingfootball.com

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

Coordinator Sally Wyke presents on interdisciplinary research in Galway

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
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EuroFIT coordinator Sally Wyke presents at ISNBPA

Coordinator Sally Wyke co-led a workshop entitled “Translation and Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions into Policy and Practice” at the ISBNPA pre-conference workshops in Cape Town, South Africa, on 8 June 2016.

The workshop abstract is as follows:

This interactive workshop will address translation and implementation of evidence-based health policies and practices across several countries. Dr. Sally Wyke will discuss policy work at the Institute of Health and Well-being in the UK; specifically the EuroFIT lifestyle programme to attract men to be more active through the loyalty that they feel to the top flight professional soccer clubs. Dr. Tracey Naledi, Director of the Health Programmes, Department of Health in Western Cape Province, will present on local policies to improve health and prevent chronic disease in this region. Dr. Vicki Lambert, University of Cape Town, will present on developing the National Physical Activity Plan throughout South Africa. ISBNPA policy coalition leader Dr. Dawn Wilson and SIG leader Dr. Stefanie Vandevijvere will lead an interactive discussion to address issues of comparing and contrasting different approaches to policy implementation across countries. Future objectives for policy work within ISBNPA will be discussed.

Find out more at www.isnbpa.org

EuroFIT in pro-EU film

EuroFIT featured prominently in a recent film by Glasgow University, supporting the UK’s remaining in the EU.

Please view it here.