How to Talk about Healthy Eating and Weight Gain in Prenatal Classes: Using the Key Messages

Webinar recording in English for service providers : How to introduce healthy eating and weight gain using the key messages in a prenatal class setting. (2017)


The Prenatal Education Key Messages resource is a central source of evidence-based information that can be used for routine universal prenatal education by a range of prenatal education providers. This webinar will focus on using the Healthy Eating and Weight Gain Key Messages in a prenatal class setting to promote the use of consistent, evidence-based messages.

Objectives for this webinar include:

  • To review current knowledge about perinatal healthy eating and weight gain.
  • To review the Healthy Eating and Weight Gain Prenatal Education Key Messages.
  • To provide insight into how to introduce and teach about the various healthy eating and weight gain key messages in a prenatal class setting, and how to best reach those who may need help the most.

Speaker: Zach Ferraro, MSC, PhD, CSEP-CEP

Prior to starting his MD, Dr. Ferraro obtained his PhD in maternal-fetal physiology, held a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health, and was a part-time professor in the school of Human Kinetics at uOttawa. He currently works on a causal basis for the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and is actively involved with research looking at physical activity and nutrition during pregnancy and how prenatal interventions alter placenta nutrient transport and child outcomes later in life. He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and given over 100 public presentations. For more information, please visit his website at