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We are very pleased to announce that Mary Grace (Sucholet) Webb has joined our professional complement.  Her offerings will appear periodically in the appropriate category over the signature 'MGW'

Mary Grace Webb, MA, RD, CDN

Clinical Nutrition Manager, New York Hospital Queens

Ms. Webb is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BS (Cum Laude) in Clinical Dietetics. She also holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration from Hofstra University.

As Clinical Nutrition Manager, Ms. Webb is responsible for the nutritional care of all in- and out-patients at a teaching hospital affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She has been actively involved in the development of a successful Gastric Bypass Surgery program, and is a popular community speaker on topics including obesity management, oncology, and geriatric nutrition.

Prior to joining the staff at New York Hospital Queens in 1999, Ms. Webb worked at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City as a Patient Services Manager. There she coordinated quality assurance programs for the Food and Nutrition Department and developed special meals and services for the Cardiac Transplant Unit. She also held positions as a Clinical Dietitian in various hospitals in Connecticut and California.

Aside from her experience in health care, Ms. Webb was also a Nutritionist and Service System Developer for Weight Watchers International (at the time a division of the HJ Heinz Company). For eleven years she helped create the Weight Watchers Program used throughout North America. Ms. Webb is one of the developers of the popular Weight Watchers "Point System."


With the participation of registered nutritionists and dietitians, we offer here more detailed information and reasons for choosing foods that satisfy, please and work to maintain a healthy weight. With such foods, with the Rule of Half...portions one/half the size that you have been used to, and eating whenever you are hungry (rather than once or twice per day), calorie counting becomes much less important. What becomes vital, and an integral part of the Mediterranean Diet, is regular daily exercise. Nothing fancy is necessary, unless you enjoy it: brisk walking (3 or 4 miles per hour for 30-45 minutes), stair climbing (2 to 3 flights per minute for five to ten minutes, etc. Of course, check with your physician before beginning a significant change in your exercise life-style.


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Recent News

August 22, 2007

  • A July, 2007 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine provides evidence that diet counselling works in the long run only by regular repetition and reinforcement.  Otherwise, the weight returns within one to three years. 
  • Currently, over 65% of the American population is at least overweight, if not obese.  That is the major health issue for this country - and for each overweight individual. 
  • Beware of your social network.  Obesity can be "catching" from your obese friends. 
  • Know about bad and good fats.  Saturated fats, trans-fats and partially dehydrogenated oils are bad.  Poly-unsaturated fats like olive and canola oil are good fats.  Read labels...and avoid the "Gorilla Glue". 
  • Sodas, including "diet sodas" have been found to promote weight gain.  Stick with water, low fat milk and.unsweetened fruit juices, together with the modest intake of wine in appropriate circumstances. 
  • It has been reported that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.  In fact, thirst can be mis-interpreted as hunger.  So, aim for two quarts of water intake daily under ordinary circumstances, and much more during heat spells. 
  • Children these days are too fat.  However, weight loss and traditional dieting is not recommended during years of growth.  Instead, measure height and weight regularly (eg. monthly), motivate the child to maintain stable weight while demonstrating some growth in height, encourage the right foods, eliminate the wrong foods, and increase regular exercise.  All this should be part of a comprehensive education in healthy living from an early age.  And TV and other advertisements about foods...usually sweet and high-fat foods...should be avoided and counter-balanced in the home and in school.  There is a lot at stake here besides an unhappy childhood.  Obese children are developing enlarged hearts and even heart failure. 
  • Fat-blocking drugs like Alli and Xenical are certainly not the answer.  And they can give rise to a lot of embarassing increased intestinal gas, oily anal discharge, and frequent and loose stools. 
  • See the article by Betsy McKay entitled "When Buying Organic Makes Sense - And When It Doesn't" (WSJ Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, Personal Journal, pD1). 
For a steady dose of good nutrition information and advice (besides ours), check out the regular Health Journal of Tara Parker-Pope published in the Personal Journal section of the Wall Street Journal.

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