Bring in the New Year with Our Themed Support Group Meetings!

Why not make us your New Year’s Resolution and join us for support. These support groups are tailored by our patient’s specifications and needs. Groups are held at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY and Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor, NY. We host support groups at the DeMatteis Center in Greenvale and Online in the comfort of your own home.

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Themes include cooking classes, meetings on stress management and changing habits, exercise specialists with programs designed for the bariatric patient. We listen to the needs of our patients and do our best to answer them. Please feel free to reach out to us with topics you would like to hear about!

For themed support groups scheduled in Suffolk County please contact Danielle Mandracchia at [email protected]. For themed support in Westchester County please contact Monica Mimoso at [email protected].

We hope to see you there. Family and friends are always welcome to attend. To view a full schedule of all our upcoming seminars and support groups please visit us at

Newsletter - January 2014

Newsletter - January 2014

Newsletter - January 2014

Newsletter - January 2014

“No More New Year’s (Weight Loss) Resolution” Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Shenna, Darleen, Joy and Lori for winning our “No More New Year’s (Weight Loss) Resolutions” contest! Thank you to all that participated and sent your inspiring weight loss stories.

If you did not enter the contest, but meant to, or feel that your weight loss story could help inspire other people, please feel free to submit your before/after pictures and stats to us ANYTIME: [email protected].

If you would like to be considered for our TV commercials, social media, subway posters, brochures, etc. Please submit your pics and stats to the email above. In both cases, you will be required to sign a legal release. Keep up the healthly lifestyle! Happy 2014!

Eat Your Water!

According to many experts, it is recommended to drink eight glasses of water per day! Some even recommend drinking more! It may seem like a daunting task to drink that many glasses of water a day, but don’t forget, that you don’t necessarily have to drink all that water. Approximately 20% of our daily water intake comes from solid foods. Check out the top hydrating foods below that pack in the most water!

Top 10 Hydrating Foods

  • Cucumber (96% water)
  • Watermelon (96% water )
  • Romaine Lettuce (95% water)
  • Pineapple (95% water)
  • Blueberries (95% water)
  • Celery (95% water)
  • Tomato (94% water)
  • Cantaloupe (92% water)
  • Grapefruit (90% water)
  • Pear (89% water)

Monthly Recipe: Chicken Casserole Recipe

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving

  • Calories: 346
  • Fat: 6 grams
  • Protein: 21 grams
  • Carbohydrate: 52 grams
  • Cholesterol: 55 mg
  • Sodium: 1457 mg
  • Sugar: 2.5 grams
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  • 1 cup cubed, cooked skinless chicken breast
  • 3 cups Schwan’s Summer Garden Pasta Blend (shells, carrots, peas, green beans)
  • 10 ¾ oz Campbell’s 98% fat-free Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 cup Fat-free Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 oz canned mushrooms
  • ¾ cup water
  • Salt substitute, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook pasta blend as directed
  • Mix soup, water and remaining ingredients (reserve ½ cup cheese to sprinkle on top)
  • Add salt/pepper/garlic powder/onion powder to taste
  • Bake in casserole dish sprayed with non-stick spray at 350 degrees until bubbly, about 25-
  • 30 minutes


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Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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