Dr. Zhen Yan quoted in article from The New York Times, Parents` Diet and Exercise Habits, Even Before Birth, May Contribute to Child`s Well-Being

The New York Times features an article quoting Dr. Zhen Yan about the potential benefits of exercise while pregnant. Dr. Yan headed a study, Exercise during pregnancy mitigates negative effects of parental obesity on metabolic function in adult mouse offspring. You can find the study at the Journal of Applied Physiology located here.

NYTimes Article Excerpts

In other words, the genetic legacies from mothers and fathers `operate through different biological pathways,` says Zhen Yan, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Skeletal Muscle Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, who oversaw the new study.

Perhaps most important, though, when the mothers ran during pregnancy, their children showed almost no undesirable metabolic outcomes as adults, whether the mother or father was obese. These offspring, metabolically and genetically, remained indistinguishable from animals born to healthy parents.Click here to read the full article at https://www.nytimes.com