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A weight-loss and healthy living program for men delivered in Swedish football and ice-hockey club (ViSiT): results from the ViSiT feasibility study

Journal article
Authors Matti Leijon
Katarina Åberg
Nadine Karlsson
Janna Skagerström
Petra Dannapfel
Daniel Arvidsson
Published in Health
Volume 11
Issue 10
Pages 1473-1486
ISSN 1363-4593
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science
Pages 1473-1486
Language en
Subject categories Public health science, Sport and Fitness Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics


Background: Men appear less interested than women in engaging in health- promoting programs. We investigated the feasibility and proof of concept of a novel intervention program targeting male supporters of professional sports clubs. Methods: Our intervention is called ViSiT and the target population in this study was overweight male supporters aged 35 - 65 years with a body mass index ≥ 28 kg/m2, recruited through one football and one ice-hockey club. The participants (n = 22) participated in a 12-week lifestyle intervention with a 52-week follow-up. Body fat was assessed using bioelectrical imped- ance analysis. Results: The retention rate was high with 21 participants com- pleting the 12-week program and 17 attending at least 10 of 12 sessions. Mean (standard deviation) body weight and fat reduction after 12 weeks was 8.2 (4.6) kg and 6.6 (3.6) kg, respectively. At 52 weeks, body weight and fat reduction were maintained at 6.4 (6.7) kg and 4.5 (6.5) kg. Even after 52 weeks follow-up, the participants appreciated most components of the ViSiT program and per- ceived the ViSiT program to have high impact on most health-related aspects investigated. Conclusions: The ViSiT program demonstrated a successful re- tention rate and clinically relevant weight reduction in Swedish overweight men. The maintenance of bodyweight reduction and positive experience after 1 year indicate a long-term effect of the ViSiT concept.

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