Does a confident physical activity facilitator need to be ‘sporty’? A survey of Slimming World behaviour change facilitators
ISPAH ePoster Library. Holloway L. Oct 16, 2018; 225519; 11
Laura Holloway
Laura Holloway
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Abstract BackgroundSlimming World (SW) offers a multi-component approach to weight management, encouraging healthy eating and gradual increases in physical activity, alongside support from group behaviour change facilitators (Consultants). All Consultants have experienced being overweight and losing weight themselves, without necessarily increasing physical activity. This research explored whether Consultants’ own interests and abilities in physical activity/sports impacted attitudes and confidence towards supporting SW members in becoming more active.MethodsSW Consultants were invited to complete a survey investigating attitudes towards physical activity/sports, and supporting members in increasing physical activity.Results Presently, 498 Consultants have completed the survey.Preliminary findings indicate that 77% consider themselves physically active, but 48% of these (58% overall) don’t consider themselves ‘sporty’. 96% feel activity is important for health, 93% feel it improves mood and 64% have made activity habitual.Of the 58% who aren’t ‘sporty’, most still feel knowledgeable (82%), confident (80%), motivated (75%), proud (75%) and determined (71%) in supporting members with their activity goals. Despite not being ‘sporty’, most aren’t embarrassed (80%) nor worried (72%) about supporting/encouraging physical activity.15% report being inactive themselves, yet 83% are still confident in offering support.ConclusionFindings indicate that many SW Consultants consider themselves physically active, but not sporty, yet are still able to confidently support others in becoming more active. Even those not very active themselves are generally confident in supporting others. A non-sporty approach may be a feasible method of facilitating physical activity increases, particularly for those who find the prospect of physical activity daunting.
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