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Empowerment through digital health trackers: an exploration of Indigenous Australian women and physical activity in leisure settings

Maxwell, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4698, O'Shea, M, Stronach, M and Pearce, S 2019 , 'Empowerment through digital health trackers: an exploration of Indigenous Australian women and physical activity in leisure settings' , Annals of Leisure Research , pp. 1-18 , doi: 10.1080/11745398.2019.1674677.

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Abstract

Drawing on a strengths-based empowerment approach and Indigenous traditions of ‘yarning’, this research explores how digital health technologies might contribute to Indigenous Australian women’s increased participation in physical activity in leisure settings. While people have long controlled their bodies, conventionally through diaries and weight scales, digital self-tracking of one’s bodily states and activities continues to expand. No previous studies have addressed how these technologies influence physical activity among this population and there is limited research about Indigenous Australian people’s leisure experiences and the meanings they attribute to them. Accordingly, this research contributes to an under researched area of health and leisure studies concerned with understanding the social, narrative and affective facets of individuals’ practices and experiences. Key findings from the pilot study include intersections between the use of health trackers and Indigenous women’s prioritizing time for leisure, increased physical activity, enhanced health literacy, and greater personal accountability for lifestyle choices.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Maxwell, H and O'Shea, M and Stronach, M and Pearce, S
Keywords: digital health tracker, physical activity, Indigenous health
Journal or Publication Title: Annals of Leisure Research
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1174-5398
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/11745398.2019.1674677
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© 2019 Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies

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