MS in Public Health Nutrition, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University
BS in Foods and Nutrition, University of Vermont
Registered Dietitian, The American Dietetic Association
A woman who started her own business when women “just didn’t do that,” Thelma founded Green Mountain at Fox Run at the age of 50 after an illustrious and prolific career as a nutritionist, diabetes educator, teacher and author. Considered by many as one of the visionaries who founded the non-diet movement (diets don’t work), Thelma espoused an approach for preventing and ending weight struggles based on lifestyle change and self-care, rejecting popular diet remedies of ‘being good,’ counting calories, daily weighing, good food/bad food and more.
Scorned by many in the professional community for her convictions, Thelma forged ahead and opened Green Mountain at Fox Run as a summer program in 1973 during her sabbatical from Long Island University. Shortly thereafter, Thelma and Green Mountain landed a full-page story in the New York Times and the rest was history.
As a creative and original thinker, Thelma was a media star. Within three years, she and Green Mountain had been featured in almost every media outlet in the US, including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Magazine, Vogue, Psychology Today, International Journal of Eating Disorders, Glamour, Town & Country, SELF, Women’s Wear Daily, Medical Times and many broadcast television outlets, including the Donahue Show, Women Are Talking and others.
Prior to Green Mountain, Thelma was a nationally recognized diabetes educator and consulting nutritionist for the US Public Health Service. Her textbook Applied Nutrition (MacMillan) is considered a classic in the field. Thelma often said that her greatest achievement was helping women give themselves permission to eat, empowering them to take greater responsibility for their health, and most importantly, helping them begin to feel good about themselves, regardless of their body size. Strong, independent and visionary, Thelma earned the respect and attracted the support of luminaries in obesity research for her ‘radical’ approach to weight struggles.
Now 95 years strong, Thelma finds great joy in seeing how her vision of redefining weight issues as health, self-care and lifestyle problems has finally gained momentum with both professionals and the public alike.