Tuesday, 15 September 2020
For ECU sports science graduate and international entrepreneur Dr Dee Dee Mahmood, her study and career choices were motivated by highly personal reasons.
“I was battling obesity and bulimia, and had many failed attempts to reduce my weight successfully and in a healthy way,” Dr Mahmood said.
“Thus my quest to understand how the body works in terms of human physiology.”
Originally from Singapore, Dr Mahmood completed a Bachelor of Science (Sports Science) with ECU in 2000, majoring in Sport Management.
She later studied postgraduate in Nanyang Technological University/NIE and undertook a PhD at the University of Malaya in Malaysia with an obesity research project supported by the National University of Singapore. Subsequently, she has written several books on fitness and health, and released two fitness DVDs.
Now back in Singapore, she is focusing on new approaches in helping to promote exercise within the community and learning to live with the presence of COVID-19.
“Regular exercise may reduce risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus,” Dr Mahmood explained.
“Brisk walking, jogging/running protects our tissues helping to prevent disease. We must mobilise the community to keep healthy during this COVID crisis.”
Dr Mahmood says initiatives such as the #BoostImmunityChallenge2.4km where participants are encouraged to tag friends and exercise as well as the global ShoutOut Clap for Healthcare Workers help create meaning within the community around this global health crisis.
With a CV packed with vast and varied experience – including work as a consultant, lecturer and researcher, health ambassador, television presenter and international TEDx speaker – Dr Mahmood said her ECU experience stood her in good stead for an international career.
“My career has turned out much better than I expected,” she said.
“Initially, I thought I would just have a fitness career in Singapore. However, I have been able to bring my experience to countries across Asia and the international stage, with the chance to travel internationally to promote health and wellness.
“What is exciting is that my position helps with expanding my horizons in the world of health and fitness.”
Dr Mahmood said her role as Academic Adjunct and Regional Head (RAAN) with ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences, combined with her appointment as Visiting Lecturers to several universities around the region offers her the chance to bridge international collaborations including research collaborations.
A well-known media personality, in Singapore and Malaysia, she is also the Founder and Mentor of Fat2Fit Asia, and hosts a reality TV show on RTM TV1 using her expertise in fitness and sports science to make an impact on community health.
Another signature programme by Dr Mahmood is Walking Football4Health Asia, a community-empowering movement in health through the ages, which has travelled extensively, the last of which was the International Communities Games held in Perth at ECU in 2019.
“It is a special feeling being able to affect lives through good health practices – helping people to change behaviours and in turn, seeing it change their family’s health,” she said.
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