Postpartum Weight Retention: Importance of Quality Interventions

Course Summary:

Postpartum weight retention can contribute to lifelong development of obesity and increasing cycles of obesity and diabetes in mothers and children.  This course will review background information on BMI classifications, the prevalence of obesity in women, health consequences of postpartum weight retention, and components of effective community based postpartum weight loss programs.


•Define overweight and obesity in the postpartum period and safe weight loss recommendations.
•Identify health risks associated with postpartum weight retention, maternal overweight, and obesity.
•Evaluate components of effective community based postpartum weight loss programs.

Continuing Education Information:  0.5 CECH for CHES; 0.5 CNE for RNs, 0.5 CPEU for RDs

This educational activity is jointly provided by the Western Region Public Health Training Center and the University of Arizona Continuing Nursing Education.

University of Arizona Continuing Professional Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Continuing Nursing Education Group, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


CHES Provider number:  99036

CPEU Provider number: 21216

Disclosures:  The planners, reviewers, and authors have no declared conflicts of interest

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