Online course in active health and fitness technologies

The University of Tasmania is offering a free online course covering how new fitness technologies can enhance health and lifestyles.

The Foundations of Technology for Healthy Living course, thought to be the first of its kind in Australia, will cover technologies such as smartphones, activity monitors and video games that are increasingly being used to measure and understand daily activities.

Devised by Stu Smith, director of UTAS's Centre for Research and Education in Active Living, the 10-week course is free and is being offered by the Faculty of Health.

In addition to understanding how new technologies can be used to live a healthier lifestyle, the course will also cover the concept of gamification and how it can be used to elicit behavioural change.

Associate Professor Smith has been involved in developing video games for both rehabilitation and improving health outcomes.

"The use of games in health is a huge area of growth; they are now widely accessible, as well as portable via tablets and smartphones," he said.

“We want students to understand the benefits of physical activity, the strengths and limitations of the devices that are coming on to the market, and how they can be used to change behaviours for a healthier lifestyle and reduced risk of disease.”

The course includes a free Fitbit to participate in certain aspects of the coursework.

The part-time course begins on October 20, with applications due by October 13. All HECS fees for the course have been waived. Online enrolments are open now.

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