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Canada

Michelle Mottolla, PhD, FACSM

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Perinatal 2017
  • Country: Canada
Biography:

Dr. Mottola is a Professor with a Joint Position in the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. She is the Director of the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation – Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory (www.uwo.ca/fhs/EPL ), a Scientist of the Children’s Health Research Institute and a Fellow and a Board of Trustees Member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She is an anatomist (embryologist) and exercise physiologist who has conducted research on the effects of maternal exercise on both the mother and the developing fetus, with follow up into the postpartum period. Her current research focuses on the impact of a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy on chronic disease risks such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease for both mother and her offspring. She was a research participant in her own studies when pregnant with her two daughters.

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Maternal lifestyle intervention to prevent obesity in both mom and baby
The importance of physical activity among women of childbearing age will be discussed as physical inactivity during pregnancy and postpartum may be one potential pathway for obesity development by excessive pregnancy weight gain and postpartum weight retention. There is also a robust link between the fetal environment and the long-term influence on health and future chronic disease in the offspring. Promotion of active living and lifestyle change, while potentially overcoming barriers to a healthier lifestyle during this time period will be presented. Participants will be able to promote physical activity for pregnant women to help them exercise safely and be more active by using the Canadian guidelines for exercise during pregnancy: the PARmed-X for Pregnancy; http://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/publications/parq/parmed-xpreg.pdf . The PARmed-X for pregnancy is a tool for medical screening before beginning or continuing an exercise program and also contains guidelines for aerobic and muscle conditioning exercise prescription. Targeting pregnant women with a healthy lifestyle approach may help slow down the obesity epidemic for both mom and her child. Healthy moms = healthy babies!
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