NORWICH – At a recent program at Chenango Memorial Hospital, Dr. Christine Olson, professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, presented information about healthy weight gain in pregnant women and its influence on future obesity. Dr. Olson is director of the Healthy Start Partnership which targets childbearing women and their infants in eight counties: Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, and Schoharie. “The Healthy Start Partnership envisions communities that promote and support healthy lifestyles for women, their children and all young families,” according to Dr. Olson. Dr. Olson has been studying the relationship between pregnancy weight gain and obesity since the early 1990s and she shared what the research data suggests with local health care providers at the gathering on Thursday, May 29. She stressed that prenatal women need to gain a healthy amount of weight for a healthy baby and pointed out that the data show that 41% of women are gaining more than the Institute of Medicine recommends. She also explained and offered two resources to help providers help their patients set and maintain weight gain goals developed by the Institute of Medicine.