$3M grant to aid researchers testing pregnancy weight-management platform

June 7, 2023

By Aaron Wagner 

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Penn State News. It mentions Constantino Lagoa, professor of electrical engineering in the College of Engineering.  

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For women whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is high before they get pregnant, gaining excessive weight during pregnancy is associated with serious health problems for them and their babies, according to the Institute of Medicine. To help women with high BMI stay within healthy weight-gain ranges, a team of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State will test the Healthy Mom Zone, a personalized intervention that adapts to each woman’s needs and is delivered via a novel digital platform. This research will be supported by a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 

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