Nicole Larizza, MS, is a clinical nutritionist in private practice, and founder of the Nourish Our Girls campaign. Nicole is passionate about the importance of good nutrition across the lifecycle, and believes in the power of smart dietary choices to enhance health and well-being and reduce the risk of disease. Her practice and protocols are built upon a concept of positive nutrition, which focuses on inclusion of wholesome nutrient-rich foods rather than exclusion of unhealthy or taboo foods or food groups.
Nicole holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, having graduated Summa Cum Laude. This science-based program equipped her with a strong foundation in the biochemistry and physiology of how nutrition impacts health and disease. She also possesses a secondary graduate degree in Health & Nutrition Education, providing her with complementary knowledge on practical aspects of nutrition counseling such as community health education and goal-oriented coaching catered to the individual. Nicole received her BA from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Nicole’s graduate research focused on the role of childhood and adolescent diet in breast cancer risk reduction. Based on this research and subsequent publication of her Masters thesis, Nicole founded and developed an educational initiative known as Nourish Our Girls. This campaign comprises a series of lectures paired with practical resources, and is aimed at raising awareness about how specific dietary habits during puberty may reduce a girl’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer later in life.
In addition to her private practice and current work on Nourish Our Girls, Nicole works as an in-store nutritionist for a large grocery store cooperative, giving her the opportunity to counsel customers and affect positive food purchasing decisions at the point of sale. In this role, she works with a team of 30+ registered dietitians and nutrition professionals to simplify and communicate nutrition information directly to consumers in a practical setting.
Nicole is currently accepting new clients for personalized nutrition counseling, and is available for lectures and educational workshops on a variety of nutrition topics. Recent presentations include Brain Food: Nutrition for Memory Preservation, The Future is in Your Hands: Nutrition & Breast Health Awareness, Nutrition Detectives: Teaching Kids to Make Healthy Choices, Food-Drug Interactions, The WHOLE Story on Whole Grain (lecture and cooking demo), and an 8-week Healthy Weight Workshop Series. Events have been conducted for groups including the Yale Healthy Aging Study, Saint Vincent’s Hospital, Saint Mark’s School, Milford Senior Center, and Wesley Heights Retirement Community.