Meet Cathy Riva Cohen

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Cathy Riva Cohen, MA, MPH, CLC

Assistant Director/Site Coordinator/Nutritionist


Primary Site
Ossining, NY

Specialties Areas
Weight management, exercise and physical activity, childhood obesity, the psychology of food and eating

Masters in Nutrition (MA), Masters of Public Health (MPH), BS in Psychology, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)


What do you like about the WIC Program?

The babies and children are wonderful! I am so grateful for the opportunity to help them get a healthy start in life and empower moms to adopt healthy behaviors for long-term health and well-being. I love to get to know our families, understand their challenges, and support them in achieving a healthier lifestyle.

What do you love about Open Door?

Open Door provides an amazing service to our community, providing a multitude of health services – including medical, pediatric, behavioral health, vision, dental and nutrition – that our families may not be able to find elsewhere. The pediatricians and patient advocates here are so dedicated and compassionate; it is a pleasure to collaborate with them. Open Door is a hub of community activity, social engagement and support.

What is your history with Open Door?

I started with Open Door in June of 2014 as a Nutritionist and have been hooked since!

What accomplishments (personal/professional) are you most proud of?

I completed 2 Masters degrees over the age of 40 and have won awards during my MPH for a research project and academic excellence; I created and copyrighted a teen overweight/obesity program that was piloted in area schools; I had a part-time writing career and regular health column in a local weekly; I was a certified exercise trainer for over 25 years; I briefly had a local cable TV show called Focus on Fitness; I am currently an adjunct professor for graduate students enrolled in the MPH program at New York Medical College.

Where do you reside? For how long?

My husband and I live in the Westchester/Putnam area and I have lived in this area for 50 years!

Tell me something about your family.

My best accomplishment is my beautiful and talented daughter, now an adult, whom I have so much to learn from.

What is one thing you want the community to know about nutrition?

You will hear all kinds of nutrition claims in the media about certain foods you should or should not eat. The most important contributor to health is not individual foods, but a focus on overall eating patterns. If you eat a generally healthy diet, with lots of plant foods, some lean protein (especially plant protein) and some healthy fats, you can help manage weight, reduce disease risk, and have room for a few indulgent treats without sabotaging your health or weight goals. Sometimes small changes can make a huge difference in your health!

Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-406-8150.