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Health Awareness

Lose Weight and Regain Your Health

Did you know that losing 5-10 percent of your current body weight may lower your blood pressure, decrease your chances of developing diabetes, decrease your cholesterol levels, lower your risk of cancer and improve your quality of life? With these health benefits in mind, now is the time to take action.

WESTMED’s Weight Management Program (WMP) helps people who are motivated to lose weight for better health. The program gives participants a medically based, structured and coordinated approach as well as personalized attention and frequent follow-ups to meet your weight loss goals.

Team members are Dr. Nitya Sharma, an internist and weight management specialist, Jennifer Schaeffer, RD, a dietician; and Joanne Santos, program coordinator.

“Some of our patients have gone on to lose over 100 pounds, have maintained it and have avoided contracting a life-threatening disease,” said Dr. Sharma. “This achievement can save a life and improve quality of life.”

Treatment Options

The WMP offers treatment options ranging from low-calorie diets to meal replacements to medications that are delivered either through the physician or dietician. Office visits may be billable to insurance if the patient meets certain health risk indicators.


We share the following testimonials from satisfied program participants:

“On May 22, 2012, I began the Weight Reduction Program at WMG, having registered in at 280 pounds on the day before. Now, as Thanksgiving Day approaches … I can celebrate a loss of 50 pounds (that I will surely not miss) in exactly a six month period… I must commend the staff at WMG for their care and concern in monitoring my progress so systematically. Jennifer Schaeffer, Dr. Sharma and Joanne Santos deserve particular recognition for sensitizing me to a healthier lifestyle predicated on a viable regimen of diet, exercise and medication.”

"The low glycemic food plan that the dietitian, Jennifer Schaeffer, had me follow has been exactly the direction I needed to lose 50 pounds in 9 months. With her guidance and support, I have been able to develop and maintain healthy eating behaviors. I also now exercise regularly, and I feel better than I have felt in many years. The staff members at the Weight Control Program are all very welcoming and caring. I recommend this program to anyone struggling with eating and weight issues."
--Anonymous by Patient Request

“When I started coming to Dr. Sharma and the group at WESTMED, I weighed 270 lbs. I was at my last straw, I …. felt that surgery was going to be my only hope…Well I just made up my mind that I was going to try anything because I was done being overweight…. When I told Dr. Sharma the amount of food that I was eating throughout the day, which wasn't much, she said she would put me on a low glycemic diet. I said sure and just figured I would go along with it and it wouldn't work, but week after week, I lost weight. It has been a year and I have so far lost 95 pounds, I went from a size 20 to a size 8. …There are no gimmicks! The staff at WESTMED will work with you to come up with a plan that fits you, but you need to want it.

For more information, contact the Weight Management Program at (914) 831-4100 

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