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 (c) 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