Early life is a critical time of risk, but also an opportunity for primary health professionals to act and thereby prevent future disease. This ‘window of opportunity’ begins in preconception, continues into pregnancy up to the first 1,000 days of post-natal life.
There is now substantial evidence that GPs can implement simple strategies and lifestyle changes within this window that can have profound benefits for the future health and wellbeing of the child.
Many of these factors have long been recognised: unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol. Others are only now being identified: stress, altered patterns of microbial exposure, and environmental pollutants, for example. Importantly, the mechanisms and magnitude of their effects are much more profound than previously expected.
The aim of this seminar is to provide GPs and any health professional with evidence-based strategies and practically useful information about what they can do in their practice to make the most of this important, new and emerging health paradigm.