Projects and Collaborations


Outline: Development of an evidenced based infographic resource for medical, health and fitness professionals to support women returning to running postnatally. Project led by PPARG associate members (Donnelly & Brockwell), in collaboration with directors (Mills & De vivo), and additional authors (Rankin & Goom).

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  1. As part of a collaboration between ukactive’s This Mum Moves programme and Sport England’s Join the Movement campaign, ukactive with PPARG co-director Dr De Vivo developed a new website showcasing online workouts for antenatal and postnatal women.
  2. PPARG directors Dr Mills and Dr De Vivo were invited onto the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMO) Physical Activity “expert rapid review” service for public and professional materials and resources - During and After Pregnancy.
  3. Following the Active Pregnancy Foundation and This Mum Moves large survey of pregnant women's physical activity behaviour during the Covid -19 restrictions, PPARG are analysing and disseminating these insights.

Outline: Development of first national guidelines for Physical Activity for Women after childbirth. The Directors of PPARG both chaired and contributed expertise to this Expert Working Group that created these new guidelines and infographic.

Partners: Project led by Dr Charlie Foster, University of Bristol.

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Outline: This Mum Moves is an initiative that aims to support pregnant women and new mothers to stay active by providing healthcare professionals (specifically midwives and health visitors) with the training and resources to facilitate the delivery of clear, consistent and confident messages regarding physical activity engagement as part of routine care.

Partners: Project led by ukactive, in partnership with PPARG directors, Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP), and Best Beginnings charity, and Aston University, with local delivery partners the London Borough of Bexley and National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (Sheffield).

Funded: Sport England

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Outline: Mums' Zone is a holistic health and wellbeing intervention targeting inactive mums at risk of poor mental health.

Partners: Project led by Get Berkshire Active & Places Leisure, partnership with Slough Borough Council, Wokingham Borough Council.

Funded: The Sports Council Trust

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Outline: Group developed to further knowledge and reach of the psychological issues involved in societies engagement and acceptance of physical activity behaviour during pre-conception, pregnancy and post-natal periods.

Partners: Led by PPARG directors in partnership with Kings College London, City, University of London Aston University, University of Stirling, Newcastle University, Leeds Trinity University and The University of Manchester.

Funded: British Psychological Society (BPS), Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP).

Outline: Pregnancy and post-partum physical activity module authored by co-director of PPARG Dr DeVivo, to educate and train the health and social care workforce.

Partners: Programme led by Health Education England (HEE)  in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies that support patient care and ukactive.

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OutlineThree research projects conducted utilising advanced echocardiography techniques in females with term preeclampsia, obese pregnancy and gestational diabetes. Additional work has investigated the reversal of postpartum cardiovascular dysfunction in an animal model of preeclampsia.

Partners:St George’s University Hospital, London UK; Department of Cardiology and Nephrology, Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), Berlin, Germany; University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

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Outline: Project to embed physical activity in the UK undergraduate healthcare and medicine curriculums. Pregnancy and Postnatal slide set of this resource updated by PPARG directors.

Partners: Multi- partner project led by Ann Gates.

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Outline: Charity aims to remove traditional barriers and social stigmas, ensuring there is easily accessible provision in expertise, information and support for women who choose to be active throughout pregnancy and motherhood. 

Partners: Project led by CEO Sally Kettle, co-founded by PPARG directors, Claire Bradbury and  FittaMamma maternity wear (Alex McCabe & Deborah Hazeldean).

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Title: You’re pregnant are you sure you should be doing that?

Written and presented by PPARG directors, in association with British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) & Human Kinetics.

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