- About the Healthy Start Workforce online education programme
- Enrolment information
- Professional development hours/points
The Healthy Start Education Programme examines the processes before, during and after pregnancy that influence a child's later risk of developing non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, allergies and some cancers.
It explores the latest scientific evidence and shows how the mother's nutrition and physical activity affect the metabolic, physiological and neurological development of the unborn baby and the infant's long term well-being, as well as the ongoing health of the mother.
This e-learning programme gives attendees a rich background knowledge and rationale to reinforce discussions with mothers and their families about why nutrition and physical activity are such critical factors during pregnancy and an infant’s early life.
Details about guidelines and resources for sharing with families are also provided.
The programme includes:
- An introduction to the research area of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and non-communicable diseases
- An exploration of the role of maternal and fetal nutrition on a child’s lifelong health, including discussion on epigenetics
- An examination of the importance of nutrition for the mother’s health during pregnancy and post-partum, including a discussion of key macro and micro nutrients
- An investigation of the benefits of physical activity for the health of both mother and baby
- An assessment of the latest research on breastfeeding and its impact on infant development and the long-term health of both mother and baby
- The introduction of complementary foods and diet during infancy, including a discussion of palate development and hunger and satiety cues.