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Public Health England have launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment of health, and the EFL Trust FIT FANS programme is part of the campaign.

Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity (1) and this extra weight can cause pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer and heart disease. By reducing your weight within a healthy range, you can also cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID-19.

Throughout the season, EFL Clubs and Club Community Organisations (CCOs) deliver a number of programmes to help individuals reduce their weight and improve their overall physical health.

This includes FIT FANS, a 12-week programme currently run by over 30 Clubs, that has continued throughout the Coronavirus pandemic with many sessions adapted to be delivered online. Thousands of participants have taken part across the network and over 10,000 people have tuned in to the FIT FANS online campaign that was launched in April and is still available here.

FIT ROBINS: Brian’s story

Upon receiving the diagnosis of type two diabetes, City fan, Brian Packer made the decision to take action and make changes to his lifestyle in order to improve his health.

At the beginning of 2020, Brian joined the Foundation’s FIT ROBINS programme and was part of the first cohort on this new health and wellbeing project. Just 6 months - and three and a half stone later - the City fan is feeling fitter and healthier than ever before.

During the first 12 weeks of the FIT ROBINS programme, Brian lost a staggering 10% of his starting weight and continued on this positive trajectory after lockdown restrictions were implemented, losing a further stone.

“FIT ROBINS has really helped me in my weight loss and fitness journey. It’s great that the team I support and love has put so much time and effort into helping its fans to improve their health."
- Brian Packer 

The health benefits of the FIT ROBINS programme have not stopped there for Brian. Thanks to the initiative and the healthier lifestyle that Brian now leads as a result of the programme, his blood sugar level has returned to a healthy range and Mr Packer is no longer diabetic. 

Brian said: “FIT ROBINS has really helped me in my weight loss and fitness journey. It’s great that the team I support and love has put so much time and effort into helping its fans to improve their health.

“The coaching team have been superb, making exercise fun through sporting activities and giving us the knowledge to make better food and lifestyle decisions. I’ve lost more than 10% of my weight since the start the programme and feel much healthier and more energetic as a result.”

Brian Packer before and after taking part in FIT ROBINS

The next cohort of FIT ROBINS will be a female only group commencing in the middle of September, to find out more and to sign click here or contact: lee.gillett@bcfc.co.uk

To improve health and wellbeing, individuals should aim to have a BMI below 25 and above 18.5. (2) NICE recommends that Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups should aim to have a BMI below 23 and above 18.5 to avoid risks to health. (3)

To support people to live healthier lives, Public Health England’s Better Health campaign provides a variety of tools and apps to help you make healthier food choices, become more active and prevent future weight gain. One of these tools is a Weight Loss Plan app, which provides 12 weeks’ worth of engaging content that can be personalised and tailored to the goals and needs of the individual.

For help and support to lose weight, visit nhs.uk/BetterHealth.

To find out more about how to make a long term and sustainable lifestyle change, go behind the scenes at your club, learn about healthy eating and take part is an exercise programme, find your local FIT FANS session here.

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