There are still a few places left on FIT FANs 12 week Programme at Middlesbrough F.C. Enrol now and make a life changing start to 2020 – course starts next Monday.

MFC Foundation are helping fans to tackle their weight, get healthier and be happier by joining FIT FANS, a free 12 week programme at the Riverside Stadium.

Launching in January 2020 at 30 Clubs in England, the EFL Trust’s FIT FANS programme will be supported by over £2.25 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England and will aim to use the magnetism of football to tackle obesity levels in over 10,000 fans across the UK.

36.4 million people (61.4% of England’s population) live within 10 miles of an EFL ground, with four in 10 residents within this catchment area falling into the most-deprived population groups.

Sport England has identified lower physical activity participation rates among people living on low incomes and that is why they have joined forces with the EFL Trust network to help people create a long-term healthy and active lifestyle. FIT FANS is one of a number of initiatives to tackle lower physical activity participation rates among people living on low incomes, which is one of Sport England’s key priorities.

FIT FANS is the operating name in England and Wales for Football Fans in Training, which was created in a Scotland by the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Professional Football League Trust.

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. They receive weekly exercise sessions at their club 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 and pedometer step counts and setting SMART goals to make changes that can be sustained long term.

The 12 week programme gives fans unprecedented access to their Club and a look behind the scenes.

In 2011/12, a large scale randomised, controlled trial study showed that 12 months after the programme, men had lost an average of 5% of their starting weight by making gradual practical changes to their physical activity and diet that they could keep up in their everyday lives.

“We are delighted to be a part of the FIT FANS programme. MFC Foundation uses the power of the football club badge to inspire confidence and inspire hope in the people of Teesside and FIT BORO encapsulates these aims. After delivering the programme for four years, FIT BORO has been proven to support weight loss and increase physical activity less and sustain them.”

The first programme starts Monday January 27th in the Hardwick Suite, East Stand 6.00-7.30pm. MFC Foundation is looking to have a group of up to 25-30, still places left but not many

NB: There is a requirement to get on the course are that you need a waist size of 38inches or stomach 40inch. Aged 35-65

For more info and/or to sign up mail Paul South -

Or log on the website here -

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