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The Behavioral Wellness In Pregnancy Study: A Theory-Based Multi-Component Intervention To Promote Appropriate Weight Gain And Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors In Previously Sedentary Pregnant Women, Lyndi Marie Buckingham-Schutt Jan 2017

The Behavioral Wellness In Pregnancy Study: A Theory-Based Multi-Component Intervention To Promote Appropriate Weight Gain And Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors In Previously Sedentary Pregnant Women, Lyndi Marie Buckingham-Schutt

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Obesity is the second largest modifiable cause of preventable death in the United States. Pregnancy is an ideal time to prevent the development of obesity as it offers the opportunity to influence the health of both the current and future generations. The Be-Well, Behavioral Wellness in Pregnancy, intervention is a randomized-controlled, multi-component self-determination theory (SDT)-based intervention designed to help pregnant women meet the current pregnancy weight gain guidelines through diet and physical activity (PA) modification.

Fifty-six women were randomized to either usual care (UC) or intervention; 48 (n = 23 intervention; n = 25 UC) completed the study. The intervention group ...


The Blossom Project Online: Use Of A Behaviorally-Based Website To Promote Physical Activity And Prevent Excessive Gestational Weight Gain In Previously Sedentary Pregnant Women, Katie Marie Smith Jan 2014

The Blossom Project Online: Use Of A Behaviorally-Based Website To Promote Physical Activity And Prevent Excessive Gestational Weight Gain In Previously Sedentary Pregnant Women, Katie Marie Smith

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Obesity and incidence of chronic disease continue to rise in the United States. The current medical paradigm focuses on treatment of chronic disease. A shift from the management of disease to prevention of obesity and its associated co-morbidities including diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease is necessary to protect the health of future generations. Pregnancy is a "teachable moment" offering a time when many women are motivated to make healthier lifestyle choices to optimize the health of their unborn child. This critical stage of the life cycle offers a unique opportunity to influence the health of future generations by modifying the ...


Early Prevention Of Childhood Obesity: Impact Of Maternal Physical Activity On Pregnancy And Child Outcomes, Kai Ling Kong Jan 2013

Early Prevention Of Childhood Obesity: Impact Of Maternal Physical Activity On Pregnancy And Child Outcomes, Kai Ling Kong

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Maternal obesity and excessive gestational weight gain cause a perpetuating "vicious cycle" of obesity, where obese women or women who gain excess gestational weight have a higher risk of giving birth to large for gestational age infants, who then, years later, can become obese adults entering into their own pregnancies. Many observational studies have supported the role of physical activity (PA) in helping pregnant women to minimize, if not prevent, excessive gestational weight gain (GWG). Since maternal PA has potential to prevent excessive GWG and decrease the risk for delivering large-for-gestational-age (LGA) infants, identifying strategies to help pregnant women increase ...