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Tackle your weight, get healthier and be happier by joining Argyle’s FIT FANS

Argyle Community Trust are helping fans to tackle their weight, get healthier, and be happier through FIT FANS, a FREE 12-week health improvement programme.

The Trust’s first three years of Fit Fans, a 12-week course in which participants receive nutrition, wellbeing, and health advice alongside a fitness programme, has yielded great results. Over 1,500kg has been lost amongst almost 300 members who have completed the course.

Launched in January 2020 at 30 Clubs in England, and now supported by the Rank Foundation, the EFL Trust’s FIT FANS programme aims to use the magnetism of football to tackle obesity levels in thousands of fans across the UK. The programme shows individuals how to:

  • Improve their eating habits by reducing portion sizes and swapping fatty and sugary foods for fruit, vegetables, and high fibre foods.
  • Achieve at least 45 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days of the week. Participants receive weekly exercise sessions at the football stadium for 12 weeks and follow a personal pedometer-based walking programme that encourages them to fit physical activity into their daily lives.
  • Use tried-and-tested behaviour change techniques to become more active and improve their diet. These include regular self-monitoring of their weight, pedometer step counts and setting SMART goals to make changes that can be sustained long term.

One participant, Adrian Brewer, lost a whopping 30kg across the 12-week programme, now weighing 113.1kg, down from a starting weight of 143.5kg. He said: “The programme has helped me to reach a number of goals. I am so much fitter and can even do 20-plus mile bike rides. Whilst the programme was not as such a competition, I have treated it as such as that is my own method of motivating myself. Having other members around and plenty of people to support you has also been great, and I have met many people who will remain friends after the event.”

As well as excellent weight loss results 96% of group members reported feeling more satisfied with life following the completion of the programme, while 89% reported being happier in general. Seven in 10 group participants also reported feeling less anxious.

Starting in June the Trust will be delivering both male and female programmes. The male programme will be starting on June 5th at YMCA Plymouth with sessions taking place every Wednesday between 6.30pm – 8pm. The female programme will be starting on June 11th at Central Park Hub with sessions taking place every Tuesday between 6.30pm – 8pm. In order to qualify to take part, participants must be aged between 30 – 65, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 or above, and a waist measurement of over 31 inches.

For more information, or to register your interest, please email fitfans@pafc.co.uk.

For further information on the programme please click the below link:

FIT FANS – YouTube

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