Developing a Healthy Lifestyle Course: A Needs Analysis to Investigate Preferences of Physical Activity, Health and Well-Being in Sport Fans

Loughren, Elizabeth A, Baker, Colin ORCID: 0000-0001-8971-2829, Flannery, Orla and Spry, Joe (2014) Developing a Healthy Lifestyle Course: A Needs Analysis to Investigate Preferences of Physical Activity, Health and Well-Being in Sport Fans. Project Report. University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester.

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Background In the UK, the proportion who are categorised as obese increased from 13% of men in 1993 to 25% in 2011 and from 16% of women in 1993 to 26% in 2011, and it is predicted that 60% of adult men and 50% of adult women will be classified as obese by 2050 (The Information Centre for Health and Social Care, 2013). While the health risks associated with obesity and physical inactivity are borne by the individual, it is society that shares the costs, whether direct i.e. treatment, or indirect i.e. premature mortality and disability (Lee et al., 2012; Trogdon et al., 2008). Aim and objectives The aim of this project was to understand physical activity, health and well-being preferences of sports fans. To achieve the aims this project focused on two objectives; to investigate sports fans’ perceptions, attitudes and opinions of sports clubs as settings for health promotion programmes, and To identify aspects of health promotion programmes that are important for sports fans and how these should be delivered. Findings Overall 246 respondents completed the survey (n= 76 females; n= 177 males) ranging in age from 18-74 years old (M= 37.85; SD= 15.15). Of these respondents 172 (70%) (n= 55 females; n=117 males) ranging in age from 18-69 years old (M=34.43; SD=13.48) with a median age of 31 indicated interest in participating in a healthy lifestyle programme. Fans felt friends (89.5%), family (84.9%) and facilities (e.g., parks, leisure centres) (80.6%) are important in helping to lead a healthy lifestyle. Most fans felt support from players/sport professionals would attract them to the programme (92.4%), would like the programme offered on weekday evenings (87%), and perceived barriers to participating was too little time (77.1%), work commitments (73.7%), and cost (71.6%). Physical activity was the highest rated subject fans wanted included in programmes (98.6%) followed by health check (87.0%), and dietary advice (81.7%). Overall 84% of fans owned a smart phone or smart technology (e.g, ipad), with 79.1% using apps daily, and 82.7% indicated apps could help them be healthy.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Colin Baker
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 12:04
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:10

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