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'Football Fans in Training' (FFIT) is an imaginative men's health initiative that will see top flight football clubs help Scottish men get fit and lose some weight.

Men, health...and how not to score an own goal.

posted on: Sep 13, 2010

 

'Football Fans in Training' (FFIT) is an imaginative men's health initiative that will see top flight football clubs help Scottish men get fit and lose some weight.

Supporters are being encouraged to sign up for free sessions at their local Scottish Premier League (SPL) club with a view to becoming more active, feeling better and getting back in shape.
 
Behind the initiative lies an exciting partnership, including the SPL clubs, the Scottish Premier League Trust, the Football Pools, Scottish Government and experts in men’s health, physical activity and nutrition from the NHS and several of Scotland’s leading Universities (Stirling, Strathclyde, Glasgow and Dundee).   Dr Cindy Gray and Prof Sally Wyke of the University of Stirling's Department of Nursing & Midwifery, and Prof Kate Hunt from the Medical Research Council's Social and Public Health Sciences Unit are leading an evaluation of the project. 
 
Dr Gray explained "when it comes to weight-related health complaints in men, risks are significantly reduced by just a 5% weight reduction. This exciting male-only programme is aimed at bringing an accessible, male-orientated and enjoyable programme to men in an environment (football clubs) that many of them enjoy being in".
 
Volunteers:  We are looking to recruit volunteers. If you are: a man; aged  between 35-65 years, with a both coaches and participants and go after the food diary page or whose belly is 38+ inches, please contact:  Cindy on 01786 466401, email lmg1@stir.ac.uk . If you know someone who could fit this bill then please pass this on to them and encourage them to call.