Scale-up and scale-out of a gender-sensitized weight management and healthy living program delivered to overweight men via professional sports clubs: the wider implementation of Football Fans in Training (FFIT)

Hunt, K. , Wyke, S. , Bunn, C. , Donnachie, C., Reid, N. and Gray, C. M. (2020) Scale-up and scale-out of a gender-sensitized weight management and healthy living program delivered to overweight men via professional sports clubs: the wider implementation of Football Fans in Training (FFIT). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(2), 584. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph17020584)

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Abstract

Increasing prevalence of obesity poses challenges for public health. Men have been under-served by weight management programs, highlighting a need for gender-sensitized programs that can be embedded into routine practice or adapted for new settings/populations, to accelerate the process of implementing programs that are successful and cost-effective under research conditions. To address gaps in examples of how to bridge the research to practice gap, we describe the scale-up and scale-out of Football Fans in Training (FFIT), a weight management and healthy living program in relation to two implementation frameworks. The paper presents: the development, evaluation and scale-up of FFIT, mapped onto the PRACTIS guide; outcomes in scale-up deliveries; and the scale-out of FFIT through programs delivered in other contexts (other countries, professional sports, target groups, public health focus). FFIT has been scaled-up through a single-license franchise model in over 40 UK professional football clubs to 2019 (and 30 more from 2020) and scaled-out into football and other sporting contexts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, England and other European countries. The successful scale-up and scale-out of FFIT demonstrates that, with attention to cultural constructions of masculinity, public health interventions can appeal to men and support them in sustainable lifestyle change.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gray, Professor Cindy and Wyke, Professor Sally and Hunt, Professor Kate and Bunn, Dr Christopher and Donnachie, Dr Craig
Creator Roles:
Hunt, K.Conceptualization, Methodology, Validation, Formal analysis, Investigation, Resources, Data curation, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing, Visualization, Supervision, Project administration, Funding acquisition
Wyke, S.Conceptualization, Methodology, Validation, Investigation, Resources, Data curation, Writing – review and editing, Supervision, Project administration, Funding acquisition
Bunn, C.Methodology, Validation, Investigation, Writing – review and editing
Donnachie, C.Methodology, Validation, Resources, Writing – review and editing
Gray, C. M.Conceptualization, Methodology, Validation, Formal analysis, Investigation, Resources, Data curation, Writing – review and editing, Visualization, Supervision, Project administration, Funding acquisition
Authors: Hunt, K., Wyke, S., Bunn, C., Donnachie, C., Reid, N., and Gray, C. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1661-7827
ISSN (Online):1660-4601
Published Online:16 January 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(2):584
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
190418Can a gender-sensitised weight management programme delivered by Scottish Premier League Football Clubs help men lose weight? A feasibility study for a randomised closed trialSally WykeChief Scientist Office (CSO)CZG/2/504S&PS - Institute of Health & Wellbeing (Social Sciences)
190450Football Fans in Training (FFIT):a randomized controlled trial of a gender-sensitive weight loss and healthy living programme delivered to men aged 35-60 by Scottish Premier League football clubsSally WykeNational Institute for Health Research (NIHR)09/3010/06S&PS - Institute of Health & Wellbeing (Social Sciences)
190852...the Football Fans in Training follow up RCT (full title in Abstract)Lucinda GrayNational Institute for Health Research (NIHR)13/99/32S&PS - Institute of Health & Wellbeing (Social Sciences)
727641SPHSU Core Renewal: Setting and Health Improvement Research ProgrammeKathryn HuntMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/12IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
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