I-engage: A multicomponent intervention using human-centred technology to enhance knowledge and skills in self-monitoring physical activity and food choices in adolescents

Summary

This project aims to develop a unique intervention designed to increase participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity (PA) and to guide food choices in adolescents. Implemented in a school context, this multi-component intervention supported by an e-platform will use engaging learning activities, PA data and a team challenge to build tailored health-related knowledge, engage adolescents in self-monitoring toward individual goals, and improve their physical competence.

Supervisor(s)

Associate Professor Corinne Caillaud

Research Location

Exercise, Health and Performance Research Group

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

About 80% of children and adolescents living in Australia and the Pacific Region are currently at risk of developing non-communicable disease (NCD) due to insufficient participation in physical activity (PA). This is particularly true for moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA), which is the most effective to prevent metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. We aim to build a unique intervention using an eHealth platform connected to activity sensors, which will provide an interactive environment with a particular focus on gamification.

Additional Information

The project will take place in Australia and in the Pacific region in a school context. It will involve some travelling to the various sites and to work in collaboration with industry partners and Information technology engineers developing the platform. Ideally the candidate will have a background in Exercise and Sport Sciences/dietetics or Public Health with a special interest into indigenous community health. Primary research location will be at Charles Perkins Centre. Dr Olivier Galy from University of New Caledonia will be co-supervisor.

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Keywords

sport, mobile technology, diet, adolescents Fitness field tests, good communication skills

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2084

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