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Reaching perinatal women online: the Healthy You, Healthy Baby website and app.

Hearn L, Miller M, Lester L - J Obes (2014)

Bottom Line: The outcome was the development of the Healthy You, Healthy Baby website and smartphone app.This clinically-endorsed, interactive online resource provides perinatal women with a personalised tool to track their weight, diet, physical activity, emotional wellbeing, and sleep patterns based on the developmental stage of their child with links to quality-assured information.One year since the launch of the online resource, data indicates it provides a low-cost intervention delivered across most geographic and socioeconomic strata without additional demands on health service staff.

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Affiliation: School of Dentistry, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6009, Australia ; School of Exercise and Health Science, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia.

ABSTRACT
Overwhelming evidence reveals the close link between unwarranted weight gain among childbearing women and childhood adiposity. Yet current barriers limit the capacity of perinatal health care providers (PHCPs) to offer healthy lifestyle counselling. In response, today's Internet savvy women are turning to online resources to access health information, with the potential of revolutionising health services by enabling PHCPs to guide women to appropriate online resources. This paper presents the findings of a project designed to develop an online resource to promote healthy lifestyles during the perinatal period. The methodology involved focus groups and interviews with perinatal women and PHCPs to determine what online information was needed, in what form, and how best it should be presented. The outcome was the development of the Healthy You, Healthy Baby website and smartphone app. This clinically-endorsed, interactive online resource provides perinatal women with a personalised tool to track their weight, diet, physical activity, emotional wellbeing, and sleep patterns based on the developmental stage of their child with links to quality-assured information. One year since the launch of the online resource, data indicates it provides a low-cost intervention delivered across most geographic and socioeconomic strata without additional demands on health service staff.

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Topics of Ngala Healthy You, Healthy Baby app self-assessments and antenatal and postnatal website views.
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fig4: Topics of Ngala Healthy You, Healthy Baby app self-assessments and antenatal and postnatal website views.

Mentions: The most popular HYHB app self-assessments completed over the year were weight (25%) and sleep (18%), followed by nutrition (15%), physical activity (15%), emotions (13%), and social life (13%) (Figure 4). Aside from weight assessment, assessment topics were in similar proportions across the pregnancy but with increasing emphasis on sleep until 9 months postpartum. The highest website page views related to the antenatal period featured nutrition content (40% of views) followed by weight (33%), physical activity (14%), sleep (6%), emotions (5%), and social life (2%) (Figure 4). For page views related to the postnatal period and compared to antenatal, nutrition was again the highest focus (49% of views), with less views for weight (9%) and similar views for physical activity (16%), sleep (11%), emotions (11%), and social life (5%) (Figure 4).


Reaching perinatal women online: the Healthy You, Healthy Baby website and app.

Hearn L, Miller M, Lester L - J Obes (2014)

Topics of Ngala Healthy You, Healthy Baby app self-assessments and antenatal and postnatal website views.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4020447&req=5

fig4: Topics of Ngala Healthy You, Healthy Baby app self-assessments and antenatal and postnatal website views.
Mentions: The most popular HYHB app self-assessments completed over the year were weight (25%) and sleep (18%), followed by nutrition (15%), physical activity (15%), emotions (13%), and social life (13%) (Figure 4). Aside from weight assessment, assessment topics were in similar proportions across the pregnancy but with increasing emphasis on sleep until 9 months postpartum. The highest website page views related to the antenatal period featured nutrition content (40% of views) followed by weight (33%), physical activity (14%), sleep (6%), emotions (5%), and social life (2%) (Figure 4). For page views related to the postnatal period and compared to antenatal, nutrition was again the highest focus (49% of views), with less views for weight (9%) and similar views for physical activity (16%), sleep (11%), emotions (11%), and social life (5%) (Figure 4).

Bottom Line: The outcome was the development of the Healthy You, Healthy Baby website and smartphone app.This clinically-endorsed, interactive online resource provides perinatal women with a personalised tool to track their weight, diet, physical activity, emotional wellbeing, and sleep patterns based on the developmental stage of their child with links to quality-assured information.One year since the launch of the online resource, data indicates it provides a low-cost intervention delivered across most geographic and socioeconomic strata without additional demands on health service staff.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Dentistry, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6009, Australia ; School of Exercise and Health Science, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia.

ABSTRACT
Overwhelming evidence reveals the close link between unwarranted weight gain among childbearing women and childhood adiposity. Yet current barriers limit the capacity of perinatal health care providers (PHCPs) to offer healthy lifestyle counselling. In response, today's Internet savvy women are turning to online resources to access health information, with the potential of revolutionising health services by enabling PHCPs to guide women to appropriate online resources. This paper presents the findings of a project designed to develop an online resource to promote healthy lifestyles during the perinatal period. The methodology involved focus groups and interviews with perinatal women and PHCPs to determine what online information was needed, in what form, and how best it should be presented. The outcome was the development of the Healthy You, Healthy Baby website and smartphone app. This clinically-endorsed, interactive online resource provides perinatal women with a personalised tool to track their weight, diet, physical activity, emotional wellbeing, and sleep patterns based on the developmental stage of their child with links to quality-assured information. One year since the launch of the online resource, data indicates it provides a low-cost intervention delivered across most geographic and socioeconomic strata without additional demands on health service staff.

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