CTSI seminar explores electronic healthy lifestyle interventions for pregnant and postpartum women

Pregnancy-and-Weight-Gain-290x193Diana Fernandez, MD, MPH, PhD and Susan Groth, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAANP will be presenting a lecture on “e-Moms Roc:  A Healthy Lifestyle Intervention for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Using Electronic Media” for the Tuesday, October 29th session of the CTSI Seminar Series.  The study focuses on bridging the gap between pregnancy-related weight gain and weight management in women of childbearing age. Dr. Fernandez summarizes the seminar:

The influence of childbearing in the development of obesity is situated within two different but related contexts:  one is pregnancy-related weight gain and the other larger context is weight gain prevention and control in young adult women.  E-Moms, a study that designed and is testing electronically-mediated interventions to slow the accumulation of weight in childbearing women during pregnancy and the postpartum period, fits in the intersection between these two contexts.  A sample of approximately 1700 socio-economically and racially/ethnically diverse women delivering in the 4 major hospitals in Monroe County were randomized to two electronically-mediated behavioral interventions and one control arm.  The study is now in the postpartum phase. We will present an overview of the study design and intervention and discuss the opportunities and challenges of conducting population-based research using electronic media.

The theme of the Fall CTSI Seminar Series is “From Test Tube to Table: Understanding the Evolving Science of Nutrition Research.” The series takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. You can access the full schedule here. Lunch is provided. Please provide your own beverage. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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