Eliana Carraça represented PANO-SR research group in the “30th Escola da Pneumologia” organised by Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia
PANO Research Group was represented at the 30th Escola da Pneumologia, held by Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia, under the theme Respiratory Rehabilitation. In a communication entitled “Estratégias de Manutenção de Estilos de Vida Ativos” (Strategies to Promote Sustained Adherence to Active Lifestyles), Eliana Carraça highlighted the importance of using need-supportive interpersonal strategies and motivational interviewing techniques to support sustained adherence to active lifestyles in general, and more specifically to respiratory rehabilitation programs, in chronic pulmonary disease patients. It was a great opportunity to disseminate PANO's evidence-based expertise among students and professionals!
New national campaign for PA promotion: follow the whistle!
PANO Research team at 18th ISBNPA Annual Meeting in Prague (4-7 June)
PANO research group was represented at the 18th ISBNPA Annual Meeting that took place at beautiful city of Prague, from June 4th to 7th. Presentations were diverse in scope of research: a systematic review of psychological correlates of recreational running (Hugo Pereira), a systematic review of the existing weight control registries in europe (Inês Santos), the use of newly developed digital tools for physical activity promotion in the portuguese national health system (Catarina Silva), a discriminant analysis of psychological variables among weight losers from the NoHoW Trial (Jorge Encantado), the framework for new ontologies in behavioural science (Marta Marques), and also the perceptions and behaviours of oncologists regarding physical activity promotion (António Palmeira and Bruno Rodrigues).
Marta Marques was also recognized by ISBNPA with the first ever “One to Watch” award!
PANO at the 7th Self-Determination Theory Conference
Between May 21-24, PANO researchers participated in the 7th Self-Determination Theory Conference in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands. Taking place only once every 3 years, it is an important event to network with other researchers and experts on this theory.
More information about the event HERE.
EuroFIT "Tasting Session" with Sweetfootball participants
On May 10 a further "tasting session" of EuroFIT took place. This time the session was presented to a group of participants with diabetes that are integrated into the Sweetfootball follow-up program.
The session was held in a positive environment with high interaction and a good learning climate.
Jorge Encantado represented PANO-SR research group at "Jornadas da Psicologia: Psicologia, Movimento, e Bem-Estar" (Instituto Piaget)
PANO Research Group was represented at the XIII Jornadas da Psicologia, held by Instituto Piaget Almada. In a communication titled "Physical Activity Promotion and Health: From evidence to intervention”, Jorge Encantado highlighted the importance of motivational and self-regulatory determinants for behaviour change to sustain healthier lifestyles. It was a great opportunity to disseminate PANO's research projects among students and professionals!
PANO collaborated in the annual event of Portuguese Cardiology Foundation
Supervised by PANOS's junior researchers and in collaboration with the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity, students of the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana volunteered to help in the dynamization of the event organized by the Portuguese Cardiology Foundation: May, Month of the Heart.
PANO disclosed in SÁBADO magazine
PANO was featured in SÁBADO magazine on a piece regarding healthy lifestyles. Marlene Silva resumed some of the main research findings of the group.
PANO at the ECO 2019, EASO's annual congress, held in Glasgow
With the support of EASO, the EU H2020 NoHoW Project organised a workshop at the conference that aimed to put together experts on behaviour change and obesity to discuss a series of position statements on behavioural approaches to longer term weight management.
Marta Marques was also involved in a NoHoW symposium: NoHoW EU Project, four-years into the intervention perspective.
Regarding another project, Rui Jorge, PANO's PhD student, presented a poster titled: Pretreatment profiles of 6- and 12-month weight change among women with overweight and obesity involved in a commercial weight management program.
NoHoW Consortium meeting at Newcastle University
The University of Newcastle held another NoHoW consortium meeting in the first week of April to discuss user engagement, process evaluation, and scientific dissemination strategies. The consortium also presented the workflow of current deliverables and plans for future work packages accomplishments to the European Commission Review Panel. More information about NoHoW HERE.
Marlene Silva interviewed on the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity
Marlene Silva, PANO researcher and director of the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity, was interviewed for the Saúde+ TV program and presented the lines of action of this intervention project of the general health directorate. To see the full interview click HERE.
Lifestyle change programmes run for fans by football clubs score health goals
A European programme, delivered in Portugal by PANO researchers Pedro Teixeira, Marlene Silva and Hugo Pereira, which targeted the lifestyles of male football fans of 15 European football clubs has been more effective in improving physical activity than other physical activity intervention programmes, according to research just published in PLOS Medicine. Read the paper here.
The European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) programme, an EU-funded randomised control trial of 1113 men aged 30-65, carried out across 15 professional football clubs in England, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal, also led to important improvements in diet, weight, wellbeing, self-esteem, vitality and biomarkers of health risk. EuroFIT is delivered by club’s community coaches in football club stadia in 12 weekly, 90-minute sessions which are aimed at increasing physical activity, reducing time spent sitting and improving diet in a way that maintains change over the long term. A novel pocket-worn device (SitFIT) developed for EuroFIT by the Glasgow company PAL Technologies allowed self-monitoring of time spent sitting and daily steps, in real time while a game-based app encouraged between-session social support.
For more information about the results of EuroFIT click HERE.
PANO Research Group at the 22nd Portuguese Congress on Obesity (SPEO)
PANO Research Group was massively represented at the 22nd Portuguese Congress on Obesity (SPEO), in Lisbon. António Palmeira, Inês Santos, Jorge Encantado and Catarina Luís organised a Symposium on behalf of the NoHoW Consortium, where last years' efforts conducting a Randomised Controlled Trial using Digital Tools for supporting weight-loss maintenance were presented. Additionally, Inês Santos participated in a Symposium, organised by the SPEO’ Special Interest Group in Nutrition, on the nutritional intervention in non-surgical obese individuals; Marlene Silva presented the subject of "Obesity and Social Stigma" and was also involved in the Symposium dedicated to the Portuguese National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity (PNPAF-DGS). Eliana Carraça also participated in a Symposium dedicated to Psychology with a presentation entitled "Treatment Predictors: clues to the intervention".
EuroFIT Launch Event in Brussels
The EuroFIT Launch Event held at Scotland House in Brussels on 31 October 2018 to celebrate the success of the research project and to learn how the ground-breaking programme will be rolled out across Europe.
EuroFIT Coordinator Prof Sally Wyke commented, “The launch of EuroFIT into the real world of football and public health was a great success. Over 70 people from different countries and organisation came together. We have scientific evidence of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness and research-based guidelines on how to deliver the programme in football clubs. We have a pragmatic, inexpensive, not-for-profit licensing system that will protect the fidelity of the programme and ensure that outcomes are the same. All in all a great investment from the European Commission.” For more information click HERE.
EuroFIT Consortium at ISPAH 2018 Congress
On October 16th, Marlene Silva and EuroFIT Consortium presented a Symposium at ISPAH congress entitled "Increasing physical activity in overweight football fans: The role of motivational theory in promoting physically active lifestyles in the EuroFIT program". The purposes of this talk were to describe how constructs from motivational theory (Self-Determination and Achievement Goal Theories) were used to inform EuroFIT intervention strategies, and to report on whether the program impacted motivational targets. More information about the congress HERE.
Jorge Encantado at the EASO NIU Autumn School 2018
On October 1-3 the New Investigators United Autumn School organised by the European Association for the Study of Obesity took place at Palma de Mallorca. Jorge Encantado was selected to participate in this event focusing on ‘Hot Topics in Obesity’ with sessions addressing the key issues in research, treatment and public health. Teaching was delivered by European experts and included both lectures and practical training. More information about this event HERE.
NoHoW Consortium meets at Leeds University
NoHoW consortium meeting at Leeds University
The University of Leeds hosted one more NoHoW consortium meeting during the last month (September 11-13). The meeting outline involved data handling, publication planning, discussions on the dissemination of the project findings, and funding priorities. More information about NoHoW HERE.
EuroFIT delivered at the City of Football
The Portuguese Football Federation, as a sponsor of the EuroFIT Portuguese pilots, and to establish the social norm in Portugal by being an example to football clubs, hosted the EuroFIT program at the City of Football facilities. Eighteen participants, overweight and sedentary men, managers and staff from small football clubs, participated in the program. The feedback was extremely positive. Reed more on this HERE.
Successful EuroFIT pilot deliveries in Rio Ave FC and SC Braga
Rio Ave FC and SC Braga finished their EuroFIT deliveries. The initiative was a success, with coaches and participants asking for the continuation of the programme. Both clubs decided to include women and this decision couldn't have given better results from the participants' perspective. Find out more about what coaches and participants said in this VIDEO and click HERE and HERE to see how the programme went in both clubs.
EuroFIT featured in "Dependências" magazine
EuroFIT recently featured in Dependências magazine, an institutional magazine that typically publishes news on topics relating to poor health habits and alcohol consumption. The project was described in detail and exemplified as a set of best practices to be followed in interventional programs with the potential to influence behaviours, besides physical activity. Access the full article HERE.