The Aussie-FIT process evaluation: feasibility and acceptability of a weight loss intervention for men, delivered in Australian Football League settings

Kwasnicka, D. et al. (2022) The Aussie-FIT process evaluation: feasibility and acceptability of a weight loss intervention for men, delivered in Australian Football League settings. Psychology and Health, 37(4), pp. 470-489. (doi: 10.1080/08870446.2021.1890730) (PMID:33719789)

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Objective: This process evaluation aimed to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of Aussie-FIT, a group-based weight loss intervention for men with overweight and obesity in Australia. Design: Process data and data collected from: (1) six-participant focus groups (n= 24), (2) coach interviews (n = 4), (3) audio recordings of Aussie-FIT sessions and (4) post-program participant surveys (n= 93) were analysed. Main Outcome Measures: We explored the feasibility and acceptability of program setting and context, recruitment strategies, factors impacting implementation and mechanisms of impact. Results: Recruitment via Australian Football League (AFL) clubs was highly effective; 426 men expressed interest within 3 days of advertising, 130 men took part. Program attendance was not consistently recorded by coaches. Coach interviews indicated a ‘core group of men’ participated in each session (typically 10–12 of 15 men). Program delivery proved feasible in the AFL context. Program acceptability and satisfaction were high. Internalisation of autonomous motives was identified as driving behaviour change. Behaviour change to support maintained weight loss was facilitated through habit formation, goal setting and effective management of multiple goals. Conclusion: Aussie-FIT sets a blueprint for future weight loss interventions that utilise behaviour change strategies and principles of self-determined motivation to support men to lose weight. Trial Registration: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12617000515392.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wyke, Professor Sally and Gray, Professor Cindy and Hunt, Professor Kathryn and Donnachie, Dr Craig
Authors: Kwasnicka, D., Donnachie, C., Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C., Hunt, K., Gray, C. M., Ntoumanis, N., McBride, H., McDonald, M. D., Newton, R. U., Gucciardi, D. F., Olson, J. L., Wyke, S., Morgan, P. J., Kerr, D. A., Robinson, S., and Quested, E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Psychology and Health
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1476-8321
Published Online:09 March 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Psychology and Health 37(4): 470-489
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
656581Gender and HealthKathryn HuntMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/3IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
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 WykeOffice of the Chief Scientific Adviser (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)