Greenock Morton Can Play Vital Role in Improving Men’s Health Through Innovative Scheme
MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde Stuart McMillan has today joined forces with Greenock Morton to back an innovative new scheme to promote healthier lifestyles amongst men, at an event in the Scottish Parliament.
The Football Fans in Training project – run by the Scottish Professional Football League Trust along with the University of Glasgow – is a world-leading scheme in tackling male obesity using men’s loyalty to their football team to attract them to a weight management programme at the club’s home stadium.
The scheme is particularly important as even though men are more likely than women to suffer from obesity, they are under-represented at traditional weight-loss programmes.
Commenting, Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“Male obesity is a growing problem across Scotland – and unfortunately we know that men are much less likely than women to take action to tackle their weight problem through established courses.
“That’s why I’m delighted to have backed the innovative Football Fans in Training project – which is delivering real results in attracting men to a weight-loss programme organised through their favourite football club and which new research shows is helping men who take part increase physical activity and eat healthier.
“Here in Inverclyde, local men who’d like to take the first steps to improving their weight can get involved at Cappielow and take part in training drills conducted by club coaches.
“This is just one way in which Morton contributes positively to our local community – and I hope Morton fans across Inverclyde take the opportunity of getting involved with their team and taking the first steps to living healthier lives.”
Academic experts from the University of Glasgow and participants and coaches from the FFIT scheme met with MSPs in the Scottish Parliament to discuss the programme and its outcomes on Tuesday 6th September 2016.
Further information is available here: http://www.ffit.org.uk/
Full list of participating clubs