DTP’s History

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1979

•Found­ed by Ann F. Cowl­in, MA. CSM, CCE

•Research and Devel­op­ment at West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­si­ty Med­ical Cen­ter

•Spon­sor: Improved Preg­nan­cy Out­come Project, West Vir­ginia Health Depart­ment

1980

•Pilot pro­grams offered at Women’s and Infants Cen­ter, Mor­gan­town, WV, and out­ly­ing towns

1981

•DTP head­quar­ters relo­cat­ed to New Haven, CT

•Con­tin­u­ing Research and Devel­op­ment

•Addi­tion­al pro­grams opened in New Haven, CT

1982

•Addi­tion­al pro­gram opened at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty

•DTP incor­po­rat­ed as a Con­necti­cut cor­po­ra­tion

1983

•Addi­tion­al pro­gram opened in Guil­ford, CT

•Direc­tor Cowl­in receives Arts Award from the Arts Coun­cil of Greater New Haven for her work in chang­ing the image of preg­nan­cy and moth­er­hood through dance

1984

•First instruc­tor train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

•New pro­grams opened in Ham­den and Green­wich, CT

•First licensee, Green­wich YWCA

1985

•Sec­ond instruc­tor train­ing

•Pro­gram expand­ed through­out south­ern CT

•DTP devel­ops the first pro­to­col for med­ical screen­ing for pre/postnatal fit­ness clients

1987

•Year­ly train­ings begin

•Reg­u­lar sales of licens­es begin

1990

•Mul­ti­ple train­ings each year begin and become accred­it­ed as con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion Sem­i­nars

1991

•First out-of-state Sem­i­nar is giv­en, in Hawaii

1994

•Reg­u­lar mul­ti-state Sem­i­nars begin

1995

•Web­site goes up

•Instruc­tors and per­son­al train­ers from out­side the U.S. begin to attend Sem­i­nars

1996

•Sem­i­nars pass the 1 dozen per year mark – AZ, CA, CO, FL, KS, MD, ME, OH, TN and WA, in addi­tion to CT

•Pub­li­ca­tion of Cowlin’s “Women and Exer­cise” in Varney’s Mid­wifery, 3rd ed.

1998

•Menopause Sem­i­nar added

•Work begins with the U.S. Army to devel­op their Pre/Postnatal Phys­i­cal Train­ing pro­gram to train-the-train­ers

1999

•Growth of the inter­net prompts the “Find a Class” ser­vice on our web­site

2000

•First out-of-coun­try Sem­i­nar is giv­en, for the U.S. Army, in Vicen­za, ITALY

2001

•U.S. Sem­i­nars are held only in 2 sites now:  New Haven and San Fran­cis­co

•Par­tic­i­pants now will­ing to trav­el to these sites

2002

•Pub­li­ca­tion of Cowlin’s Women’s Fit­ness Pro­gram Devel­op­ment

•Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion renew­al by cor­re­spon­dence course first becomes avail­able

2003

•Pub­li­ca­tion of Cowlin’s “Women and Exer­cise” in Varney’s Mid­wifery, 4th ed.

2005

•Pub­li­ca­tion of Cowlin’s “Exer­cise and Preg­nan­cy,” in Amer­i­can Dietet­ic Association’s Sports Nutri­tion Prac­tice Man­u­al, 4th ed. (Marie Dun­ford, Edi­tor)

2005

•Pro­gram expands to South Africa and Turkey

•Robyn Bran­ca­to becomes DTP’s first research asso­ciate

•Web­site redesign brings inno­va­tion in pre/postnatal fit­ness edu­ca­tion with the intro­duc­tion of Cowl­in & Brancato’s meta­bol­ic maps of preg­nan­cy and exer­cise

2006

•Sec­ond train­ing in South Africa

•DTP’s research & devel­op­ment pro­gram gives birth to the Women’s Health Fit­ness Insti­tute, a 501 © 3 non-prof­it with a research and pub­lic edu­ca­tion out­reach mis­sion. The Insti­tute (also referred to as WHFI) col­lab­o­rates with researchers to study the impact of woman-cen­tered phys­i­cal activ­i­ty on women’s health, and the health of her off­spring, fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty, and cre­ates and imple­ments woman-cen­tered com­mu­ni­ty phys­i­cal activ­i­ty pro­grams

2007

•DTP begins to draw down its licens­ing and sem­i­nar pro­grams to pre­pare for a greater inter­net focus and to move research and pub­lic edu­ca­tion pro­grams to WHFI

2008

•Focus moves to expand­ing Yale-New Haven Hos­pi­tal based pro­gram­ming

•Busi­ness plan­ning begins on inter­net project

•Pre­sen­ta­tions of research data at Soci­ety for Gyne­co­log­ic Inves­ti­ga­tion and ACSM con­fer­ences

2009

•Prepa­ra­tion of “Women and Exer­cise” for the next edi­tion of  Varney’s Mid­wifery

•Revamp­ing of train­ing pro­grams and ren­o­va­tion of web­site

•Pre­sen­ta­tion of research find­ings in the Nether­lands (IADMS con­fer­ence)

2010

•DTP’s Total Preg­nan­cy Fit­ness web­site goes live!

•Pre­sen­ta­tion at IADMS, Birm­ing­ham, UK

2011

•Pre­sen­ta­tions to the Mid­wifery Spe­cial­ty at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty School of Nurs­ing and AOASM