The Finnish Society of Sports Sciences (FSSS) commemorated the centenary of Finland’s independence with a Finish Conference on Sport Science 2017. The Conference was held in Jyvaskyla, Finland, 30 August – 1 September. The conference theme was ‘How does sport science look in 100-year old Finland?’
Prof Dr Glyn Roberts, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences presented ‘Motivational strategies for sustained behaviour change: The case within EuroFIT’ on Friday, 1 September. One of the major concerns for researchers is to have participants sustain an active life style once introduced to weight loss, reduced sedentary behaviour, diet, and fitness strategies within an intervention. EuroFIT employs evidence-based state of the science motivation enhancement strategies based on the contemporary motivation theories of Self-Determination and Achievement Goals. We do not have data lock yet, and the success of the intervention will be determined when we find whether, or not, participants sustained their behaviour at the 12-month testing session. For more information about the conference, please see http://www.sportscience.fi/events/finnish-conference-sport-science-2017
The Conference was organized by FSSS in cooperation with the University of Jyvaskyla, The Ministry of Education and Culture, the City of Jyvaskyla and LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health.
The EuroFIT team continues to actively promote the project. Recent activities include
– Pedro Teixeira is presenting at the International Conference on Childhood Obesity (cioi2017.com) in Lisbon this week.
– Nanette Mutrie presented to the ‘getamoveon’ network‘s workshop on technology and physical activity, in London on 27 June.
– Glyn Roberts is presenting to the International Society of Sport Psychology Congress, in Seville, on the 12th of July. Glyn’s presentation ‘Increasing Motivation for Physical Activity (IMPAct project): Theory development and intervention strategies’ will build on EuroFIT research.
Several EuroFIT partners presented at ISBNPA (International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity) 2017, in Victoria, British Columbia.
The abstracts book can be downloaded here. Check out “IT’S BEEN ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT, NOT ONLY FOR THE TRAINING BUT THE MEETING LIKE-MINDED FELLAS”: UNDERSTANDING WHAT SUPPORTS MEN TO MAKE LASTING LIFESTYLE CHANGE THROUGH GROUP-BASED BEHAVIOUR CHANGE PROGRAMMES, on page 21.
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
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!
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.