This e-learning programme examines the processes before, during and after pregnancy that can influence a child's later risk of developing obesity and non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, allergies and some cancers.
It explores the latest scientific evidence and shows how a mother's nutrition and physical activity can affect the metabolic, physiological and neurological development of the unborn baby and the infant's long-term wellbeing, as well as the ongoing health of the mother.
The course then examines the practical advice and recommendations, including Ministry of Health guidelines, that stem from this knowledge.
- Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and non-communicable diseases.
- The importance of fetal nutrition for a healthy life: the scientific basis.
- The links between maternal and fetal nutrition and life-long health outcomes.
- Healthy eating during and after pregnancy: the evidence for current recommendations.
- Physical activity during pregnancy.
- Breastfeeding: the benefits of nature's super-food for infant development and maternal health.
- Introducing complementary foods.
- Creating a SMARTER Plan to help strengthen your practice.
The course has been provided with thanks from the Healthy Start Workforce project