Fit4Two: Pregnancy, Fitness & Entrepreneurial Research
Producer: Michael Schubert
Research is not a business. Think again, Dr Melanie Hayman has taken an entrepreneurial approach to researching fitness during pregnancy. It involves marketing strategies, a seven foot tall, hot pink, pregnant cardboard woman called Sophia and an innovative online program delivered via your GP or midwife.
Dr Melanie Hayman is a physical activity researcher based at Central Queensland University [CQU], Australia, where she is the Head of the Bachelor of Health Science course in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences.
Melanie’s research is focused on women’s health, more specifically the health and fitness during pregnancy, as well as the successful integration of e-Health and m-Health interventions into clinical care.
Melanie’s work culminated in an activity-during-pregnancy intervention project titled Fit4Two. Melanie’s presentation at the 2016 5 Minute Research Pitch was so successful that she won both the sciences category and the overall best presentation.
FIT4TWO RESEARCH PROMOTION
PUBLICATIONS – PDF
An investigation into medical practitioners’ knowledge of
exercise during pregnancy guidelines, in the Australian Journal of Rural Health.
Confusion surrounds physical activity prescription
for pregnant women, in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.
Regionally based medical practitioners may need support
when prescribing exercise to pregnant women, in the Australian Journal of Rural Health.
An investigation into the exercise behaviours of regionally based
Australian pregnant women, in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
Position Statement: Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period, Sports Medicine Australia