Meet Laura

Dear Prospective Client,

Thank you for taking the time out of your day (which, like mine, may be overwhelming) to learn more about me. By virtue of the fact that you’re here, you are embarking on your journey to optimal wellness. I firmly believe that food and other lifestyle choices can dramatically alter your health status. After studying and practicing the healing art and science of nutrition, I recognize the interaction between your lifestyle habits, of which food choices are major big time, and genetics. The food you eat, the air you breathe, the personal products you use,  your relationships, how you exercise your body and your mind interact with your genes to influence your health — positively or negatively. This means that genetics is NOT destiny! You have the power to change how you feel.

Health & Happiness,

Laura’s Bio

Laura Lagano, MS, RD, CDN, is a nutritionist and health educator who integrates her classic background as a registered dietitian with cutting-edge training in functional medicine. Laura brings a range of experience in the food and nutrition world to the table. Early in her career she worked in the trenches for the New York City school system, for a home health aide training service, and for a settlement house in the South Bronx. While those experiences educated Laura about the politics of food (long before The Omnivore’s Dilemma), she polished her communications skills while employed in public relations and marketing. Privileged to have been part of seminal nutrition marketing campaigns, Laura was solely responsible for the creation of the dietary fats comparison bar graph chart. The chart, which is one of the most reproduced nutrition education tools, has become the gold standard for teaching about fatty acids. Laura’s combined experiences in grassroots education and mass media provided her with the foundation to deliver effective nutrition counseling and communications services.

Laura entered the field of functional medicine and nutrition organically — she followed the path set by her children. Raising a child with a seizure disorder (knock on wood: no seizures since age three!) and apraxia (from two word sentences at age four to chatterbox) has provided Laura with deep insight into life as both a parent and a health professional. This experience and Laura’s own holistic health journey (triggered by a root canal)  have informed her style of nutrition and health counseling. Her personal experiences resonate with her clients’ health stories, making the expression “I understand” more than lip service. Laura’s inspiring story combined with her nutrition expertise and communications know-how form a winning combination for her clients.

Recognized as a nutrition expert, Laura has written for periodicals as diverse as Cooking Light, Environmental Nutrition, and The American Nurse and been quoted in publications such The New York Times, Child, Glamour, and Food Arts. Equally competent on-camera, Laura was a former New Jersey Dietetic Association media rep and food spokesperson, appearing on CNN, NJN, Food Network, Fox, as well as network affiliates around the country. She is a seasoned speaker who has presented to consumers, executives, chefs, educators, and health professionals.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from SUNY Oneonta and Master of Science in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in Nutrition & Health Education. She is both a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (New York State). Laura has immersed herself in the world of food, nutrition, and healing for over 30 years and continues to do so. She received advanced training in clinical nutrition and  biochemistry from the Institute of Functional Medicine, which enabled Laura to bridge her formal nutrition education with functional medicine to provide integrative clinical nutrition services. She will be among of handful of dietitian/nutritionists certified in functional medicine when the certification becomes available in 2014.

Laura is proud to have served on the boards of both Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine (DIFM) and Developmental Delay Resources, which represent forward-thinking nutrition healing ideology. Laura is a member of several food, nutrition, and communications communities including the Institute of Functional Medicine, the Weston A. Price Foundation, the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), DIFM, Dietitians in Business & Communications, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and Women in Communications.

Laura was dragged across two rivers from her beloved Brooklyn (where 1 in 7 Americans can trace his or her roots), becoming a Jersey girl the day she literally collided with Bruce Springsteen on the Asbury Park boardwalk. When not communicating about nutrition, Laura can be found cooking, practicing Pilates, travelling, and screenwriting. Most days, she basks in her role as mother of three teenagers and wife to a soccer-obsessed husband!