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The Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme has recently been deemed a 'Best Practice' intervention by the Canadian Best Practices Initiative (CBPI) unit at the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Best Practice award for Football Fans In Training

posted on: Jan 7, 2015

The Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme has recently been deemed a 'Best Practice' intervention by the Canadian Best Practices Initiative (CBPI) unit at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Football Fans in training is a weight loss and healthy living programme delivered in Scottish professional football clubs, which was devised and evaluated by researchers led by a team at the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at Glasgow University (http://www.ffit.org.uk/). The programme now appears on the Canadian Best Practices Portal which provides decision-makers with access to published information about proven best practices. The Portal’s intervention section assesses community and population-based interventions according to a set of rigorous and well-tested criteria.  In order to be included on the Portal, an intervention must meet criteria related to: evidence of impact, quality of evidence, adaptability, and credibility of source.

Links to publications relating to the programme can be found below:

Hunt K, Wyke S, Gray CM, Anderson A, Brady A, Bunn C, Donnan PT, Fenwick E, Grieve E, Leishman J, Miller E, Mutrie N, Rauchhaus P, White A & Treweek S (2014). 'A gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for overweight and obese men delivered by Scottish Premier League football clubs (FFIT): a pragmatic randomised controlled trial.' The Lancet. Open access link here.

Hunt K, Gray CM, MacLean A, Smillie S, Bunn C, Wyke S (2014). 'Do weight management programmes delivered at professional football clubs attract and engage high risk men? A mixed-methods study.' BMC Public Health. Open access link here.

Gray CM, Hunt K, Mutrie N, Anderson AS, Leishman J, Dalgarno L, Wyke S. (2013) ‘Football fans in training: the development and optimization of an intervention delivered through professional sports clubs to help men lose weight, become more active and adopt healthier eating habits.’ BMC Public Health. Open access link here.

Hunt K, McCann C, Gray CM , Mutrie N, Wyke S. (2013). 'You've got to walk before you run' positive evaluations of a walking program as part of a gender sensitized weight management program delivered to men through professional football clubs. Health Psychology. Article link here