WA footy fans tackling obesity

More than 100 overweight male AFL fans have committed to getting fit as part of a new WA-first project run by qualified coaches using their favourite WA team’s training facilities.

The Aussie-FIT project, funded by Healthway, is being run in partnership with the Fremantle Football Club, Curtin University, West Coast Eagles Football Club, Edith Cowan University, Glasgow University and The University of Newcastle.

The program involves a 90-minute fitness and educational session once a week, either at a club training facility, or at associated club facilities in Cockburn and Leederville.

The project aims to help the fans reduce their weight and waistline, increase their knowledge of healthy eating and different types of physical activity and learn how to sustain their new lifestyle.

The unique footy club experience builds on the highly successful Football Fans in Training program (FFIT), which now operates in more than 30 premier league soccer clubs in Scotland. The program was further developed and rolled out across Europe, as well as for other sports in other countries, such as rugby in New Zealand and ice hockey in Canada.

To find out more about this project or register your interest in taking part in future programs visit here: http://www.aussiefit.org/.

To calculate your BMI, visit here: https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/know-your-risks/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator.