Our Saving Mothers Lifestyle Modification Program kicked off a new series of events at Mount Sinai’s Prenatal Clinic entitled Small Changes that Make a Big Difference. Many patients of this clinic population have an above-average body mass index (BMI) and are at risk for developing medical complications during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and pre-eclampsia. To combat this issue, Saving Mothers volunteers mentor these pregnant women, specifically obese patients, on how lifestyle changes can help them achieve a healthy target weight.
At our most recent event, we provided nutrition information and samples of the healthier options offered at local fast food restaurants. Based on socioeconomic factors and their busy lives, we understand that many clinic patients can’t avoid dining at McDonalds, Subway, and Dunkin’ Donuts. But we hope with a little education and modification, our patients can make the big changes they need to live healthier lives for themselves and their children.