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Fetal programming is likely playing a role in the alarming increase in childhood obesity and will result in increased diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer during adulthood. However, the majority of research in this field has focused on negative outcomes associated with unhealthy or stressful pregnancies.

Instead, we hope to provide evidence that the reverse can also be true. Our goal is to provide new information on the positive impact that maternal exercise or other interventions can have on offspring health. Such an intervention provides a realistic mechanism to improve insulin sensitivity in the next generation and positively impact insulin-resistant states that are associated with a plethora of age-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. If translatable to humans, healthcare costs would be significantly reduced by a short-term intervention like maternal exercise positively influencing long-term health in offspring. Education and public health campaigns were successful for the majority of women when the scientific community provided data that alcohol and drug use during pregnancy negatively impact the developing fetus, and we predict that women will exercise or try other safe interventions for the short-term duration of pregnancy if it translates into long-term beneficial effects for their children.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Cincinnati

2005

Bachelor of Science, Univ Of Pittsburgh

1999

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