Dr. Yeo: Exercise During Pregnancy Differs for Each Woman

, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, spoke with the Fayetteville Observer about exercising during pregnancy.

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It differs for each woman, said Dr. SeonAe Yeo, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing.

As a general rule of thumb, Yeo said, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that healthy women with healthy pregnancies should have moderate intensity exercise about 30 minutes a day, while avoiding contact sports, scuba diving and horseback riding…

…”How much is too much is really dependant on what kind of sports and exercise they are accustomed to,” she said.  It would be a mistake to begin a hard-core program during pregnancy, she said. It’s also dangerous for pregnant women to become overheated, she said…

Schutzer and Yeo said many physically fit pregnant women tend to go to lower impact workouts, such as walking or yoga, during pregnancy. “Many pregnant women in my exercise studies often express that they switch to yoga, and they feel much better,” Yeo said. “In one study, I found that stretching exercises prevented (pregnancy-induced hypertension) more than walking.”

Read the full story: Pregnant women try to balance fitness, safety.

Dr. Yeo studies the physiologic effects of physical activities and exercise on the prevention of gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia among previously sedentary pregnant women, obesity and depressive symptoms during pregnancy, and has performed randomized clinical trials of exercise.

Students and Faculty Volunteer at Project Homeless Connect

Eric Hodges (left) was one of the School of Nursing faculty members that volunteered at Project Homeless Connect. Photo by Laura Shmania, http://www.butterflites.com

The UNC School of Nursing served the community through Project Homeless Connect on Nov. 4. This one-stop event at the Hargraves Community Center in Chapel Hill provided services such as job-readiness resources, health and dental care, mental health assistance, social services, legal services and  housing to people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Project Homeless Connect  is a key initiative of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness and has served nearly 600 guests since 2007.

SON Associate Dean for Community Partnerships & Practice, Sonda Oppewal, acted as a Co-Chair for Project Homeless Connect’s Health Committee. She solicited ideas from SON faculty about how the School might be involved, bringing some new ideas and services to the event.  For example, guests were guided to relevant health services using new health intake forms developed by SON. The forms facilitated the use of clinical judgment based on interviews with the guests about past and current health problems.

Oppewal also helped assure there were sufficient health care providers, a need that SON helped meet with three nurse practitioners — Clinical Instructor Carrie Palmer, Clinical Assistant Professor and MSN Coordinator Jean Davison and Clinical Assistant Professor Victoria Cryer. Guests with high blood pressures, high cholesterol or glucose were directed to the nurse practitioners for counseling and referral (if needed).

Clinical Instructor Louise Fleming served as an active member of the Health Committee and recruited students to participate. Other faculty who participated included Clinical Associate Professor Eric Hodges, Clinical Assistant Professor Liska Lackey, Clinical Assistant Professor Diane Yorke, Dean Kristen Swanson, and Clinical Instructor Angela Clark. Clinical Assistant Professor Megan Williams also supported the project as the advisor to ANS.

Before the event SON Association of Nursing Students helped collect toiletry kits that were distributed before Nov. 4 as part of outreach efforts to tell homeless people about Project Homeless Connect.  During the event 27 students assisted with intake forms, providing health information, helping with eye exams, and assisted in escorting guests to various stations. Students also gave manicures this year, which provided a new opportunity for therapeutic communication and health education reinforcement. A health bingo game was another new feature that  reinforced  health education.

Sara Smith, a senior BSN student helped give manicures. She said that the event was a great opportunity to help and volunteer. She had not participated before and was surprised by the number of children and women that made up the the homeless population of Chapel Hill.

UNC faculty and students helped with many of the stations at the Project Homeless Connect event. They assisted with health histories and intake, provided health information, gave manicures, took blood pressure, and assisted in escorting guests to various stations.

Sara Smith, a senior BSN student helped give manicures. She said that the event was a great opportunity to help and volunteer. She had not participated before and was surprised by the number of children and women that made up the the homeless population of Chapel Hill.  She said it was an eye-opening experience.

Sara Smith, a senior BSN student helped give manicures. She said that the event was a great opportunity to help and volunteer. She had not participated before and was surprised by the number of children and women that made up the the homeless population of Chapel Hill. She said it was an eye-opening experience.

 

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SON Faculty Receive Awards From Graduating Class

Clinical assistant professor Donna Helen Crisp and clinical associate professor Theresa Raphael-Grimm both received awards from this year’s graduating class. Students awarded Crisp the Award for the Most Influential Leader, recognizing her outstanding guidance, inspiration and nursing excellence. Raphael-Grimm received the Excellence in Teaching Award, highlighting her outstanding teaching, merit and mentoring. Congratulations to both faculty members!

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