“Health is a critical and complicated component of women’s and girls’ lives. Poor health can pose serious obstacles to economic stability, educational attainment, and employment opportunities, just as good health can help women prosper in all of these areas. Yet, health can also be quite hard to control. A person’s health is shaped by personal factors such as genetics, family history, and lifestyle choices, as well as by one’s environment. The contexts in which people live and work play very important roles in determining whether they are protected from or put at risk of disease, as well as the diseases to which they are exposed”.
~ World Health Organization 2008
Fit Haven aims to reduce the health disparity among women and girls through physical, fitness, nutrition education and lifestyle management programs aimed at reducing the prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure and diabetes. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality fitness services, nutrition education, and healthy lifestyle options for women and girls to improve their health and fitness, promote well being and empower its participants with the knowledge and opportunity to lead an active healthy lifestyle for a better quality of life.
Our wellness program request fits well with five of the key health issues that the New Haven Healthy Start has a focus on the health of women of childbearing age and their entire lifecycle and environmental circle of health.
Research has shown the benefit of making healthy lifestyle changes such as increased physical activity and healthy diets, which helps reduce the risk of such conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Fit Haven seeks to raise awareness, educate, and encourage new behaviors that will result in participants pursuing healthy, active lifestyles.
By aggressively targeting preventive measures, our programs seek to instill lifelong healthy habits creating healthier women and resulting in healthy pregnancies. Babies born to obese moms appear to have an increased risk of dying before birth, at delivery, and during their first year of life, according to a new study.
Maternal obesity during early pregnancy was found to double a baby’s risk for death before delivery and up to one year after birth in a new study from Newcastle University in the U.K. Nearly half of childbearing-age women in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and maternal obesity is known to increase the risk for gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, surgical delivery, and other complications of pregnancy.
Creighton University School of Medicine assistant professor of medicine Aimin Chen, MD, PhD, says “it is increasingly clear that obese women have an increased risk for poorer pregnancy outcomes, even if they don’t develop the complications most commonly associated with obesity”.
Clearly pregnancy is not the time to engage in a weight loss program and Prevention efforts should focus on getting women to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight before they get pregnant.
Fit Haven is a researched based weight loss and nutrition education program for women and girls to proactively empower women and girls with the knowledge and resources to maintain a health weight.