Ongoing

Innovative exergame program to increase physical activity for pregnant women

Project Details

STATUS

Ongoing

START

2021

END

2024

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Innovative exergame program to increase physical activity for pregnant women

This collaborative project (with academics from UTS Collective of Midwifery, Child and Family Health, UTS School of Sport, Exercise and Rehab, the NSW Ministry of Health and the Faculty of Engineering and IT) explores the views of women and assesses its success in encouraging regular physical activity and reducing pregnancy and birth complications.

  • PhD completion and conferral by Gemechu Kumera Wirtu thesis entitled ‘Antenatal exercise using an innovative exergame program’. Supervisors A/Prof Deborah Fox, Prof Rob Duffield, Dr Jaime Garcia and Ms Justine Salisbury. This feasibility study achieved the following outcomes:​

    – developed a Nintendo program aligned with guidelines for safe physical activity in pregnancy ​

    – investigated associations of exergame programs with pregnancy and birth outcomes​

    – explored women’s views and experiences of exergaming during pregnancy​

  • Ongoing work in parallel project: ‘Project Natal’, aiming to develop a bespoke exergame that does not require extra commercial equipment, designed specifically for pregnancy.​