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Women in the Workplace: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Mitigating Weight Gain during the Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Periods

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School of Health Sciences, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania, Newnham 7248, Australia
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Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Level 1, 43-51 Kanooka Grove, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(3), 821; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030821
Received: 9 December 2019 / Revised: 20 January 2020 / Accepted: 22 January 2020 / Published: 28 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Current Trends in Health and Disease)
Overweight and obesity before, during, and after pregnancy are associated with adverse outcomes for mothers and their offspring. Workplaces have been identified as important settings for improving health and wellbeing. However, the value of workplace interventions for women across the reproductive life stages has yet to be realized. This paper aims to explore the potential of workplaces to facilitate healthy lifestyle behaviors, prevent further weight gain, and devise tailored interventions for working women, specifically during the preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum periods. Workplaces can be used to engage women, including preconception women, who are detached from clinical settings. Potential benefits of workplace health promotion for women and employers include improved employee wellbeing, productivity, and corporate competitiveness. However, workplaces also need to overcome implementation barriers such as activity scheduling and availability. A systems approach may address these barriers. Consequently, designing and implementing workplace health promotion interventions to meet the specific needs of working women of reproductive age will necessitate collaboration with a range of key stakeholders across all stages of intervention design. Given that these women make up a considerable proportion of the workforce, workplaces can help optimize the health status of employees and prevent excess weight gain during the preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum periods. View Full-Text
Keywords: pregnancy; preconception; postpartum; women’s health; obesity; weight management; workplace pregnancy; preconception; postpartum; women’s health; obesity; weight management; workplace
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Madden, S.K.; Skouteris, H.; Bailey, C.; Hills, A.P.; Ahuja, K.D.K.; Hill, B. Women in the Workplace: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Mitigating Weight Gain during the Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Periods. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 821. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030821

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Madden SK, Skouteris H, Bailey C, Hills AP, Ahuja KDK, Hill B. Women in the Workplace: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Mitigating Weight Gain during the Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Periods. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(3):821. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030821

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Madden, Seonad K.; Skouteris, Helen; Bailey, Cate; Hills, Andrew P.; Ahuja, Kiran D.K.; Hill, Briony. 2020. "Women in the Workplace: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Mitigating Weight Gain during the Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Periods" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 3: 821. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030821

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