Current Research

Pau Te Hau: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) & Mental Health in Adolescents

HPC Researchers: Dr Nigel Harris, Associate Professor Scott Duncan

Collaborators: Professor David Lubans (University of Newcastle, Australia), Dr Isaac Warbrick (AUT University), Dr Robert Borotkanics (AUT University), Dr Denise Atkins (AUT University), Dr Theresa Fleming (Victoria University, Wellington)

Partnering with schools and teachers to integrate HIIT into the curriculum represents a potentially scalable and sustainable way to facilitate adolescents with the understanding that a personal exercise habit for holistic wellbeing need not be based on high duration commitment. In our Aotearoa New Zealand context, with an underpinning of a mātauranga Māori enhanced approach, we may have an option that provides a unique combination of potency, palatability, practicality, and translatability to reach our youth in a school environment. Our aim is to contribute to a reduction in mental health problems of adolescents through determining the effects of embedding a mātauranga Māori enhanced, teacher-delivered HIIT programme within the school health and physical education (PE) curriculum in socioeconomically deprived neighbourhoods. We also seek to determine the potential for its broader implementation via determination of the overall acceptability of such an approach to participant students, their schools, and the teachers involved in its delivery.

Pau Te Hau: Curriculum based high-intensity interval training for young adolescents

HPC Researchers: Dr Nigel Harris, Associate Professor Scott Duncan

Collaborators: Professor David Lubans (University of Newcastle, Australia), Dr Isaac Warbrick (AUT University), Dr Robert Borotkanics (AUT University), Dr Denise Atkins (AUT University), Associate Professor Alain Vandal (AUT University)

The aim of this study is to determine the preliminary efficacy and feasibility of embedding a teacher-delivered HIIT exercise programme within the school health and physical education curriculum at Year 8. A range of health, fitness, and academic measures will be used to determine effectiveness. This novel research would contribute towards the goal of understanding, maintaining and enhancing the health of our youth. Funded by HRC (Health Research Council) the project started in July 2017 and will be completed in December 2018.

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Understanding job demands and recovery from work**

HPC Researchers: Dr Lisa Mackay, Professor Grant Schofield, Dr Tom Stewart, Anantha Narayanan

A workplace study to test the feasibility and utility of ecological momentary assessment tools (i.e., dual-sensor accelerometry, SMS affect mood state) to capture 24 h behavioural profiles of time use. This research is being conducted to better understand the physical, emotional and cognitive demands of various jobs, and the role of recovery behaviours (e.g., sleep and physical activity) in mediating the relationship between job demands and burnout. Participants are 100 Auckland-based employees of Air New Zealand.