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Pregnancy weight gain recommendations for overweight women

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks being overweight or obese during pregnancy at nearly the same risk level as uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, or drinking.

Danielle Symons Downs, professor of kinesiology and obstetrics and gynecology at Penn State, provided recommendations to clinicians regarding the management of obesity in pregnancy.

The Department of Kinesiology at Penn State is committed to providing outstanding instruction and educational opportunities for our students; Our central focus is the study of physical activity as it ranges from basic mechanisms of human movement to the complex dynamics of physical activity in the context of human health and well-being. Our scholarship is pursued from multiple perspectives, i.e., cells to societies, using basic, clinical, social science, and humanities methodologies; and providing outstanding service and outreach to the field of kinesiology and our community.

Think Summer. Think Penn State.

Summer is a great time to be at Penn State.

Get ahead and stay ahead in your program with smaller classes and those classes that fill up quickly during fall and spring.

Plus, Penn State is alive during the summer with events, like Arts Fest and Spikes Baseball, and tons of outdoor recreation.

Get to know State College and University Park during the summer when the crowds are smaller and the vibe is a bit more relaxed.

What are you waiting for? Make Penn State your summer destination.

The Department of Kinesiology values diversity in all of its forms. Learning about kinesiology involves developing an appreciation for people from different backgrounds, understanding movement from a wide range of perspectives, and fostering diverse types of thinking. Department faculty expertise reflects considerable breadth and diversity. Faculty teaching and research interests touch on biomechanical, historical, neuromotor, pedagogical, philosophical, physiological, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives of human movement, physical activity, and exercise.

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