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We recognize that ‘one-size-fits-all’ nutrition advice often fails to optimize health. We all spend time looking the quickest solution to becoming the fittest, healthiest, and even thinnest person we can. We try all the new trends (Keto, Cleanses, Paleo, Low-Carb, etc.) yet we are still searching for a solution. The good news is the solution exists and the even better news is the YMCA can provide it to you. Our Nutrition Programs provide individualized nutrition plans using your body’s metrics, your goals, and your lifestyle. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists will support your wellness journey – both virtually and in person – as well as provide accountability, support, and strategies specific for you to help you achieve your goals.

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Would you like to lose weight or gain muscle and improve your eating habits? Are you interested in learning about sports nutrition to improve on field performance? Are you looking to learn more about nutrition for general health to supplement your exercise program? Our sessions will help you develop realistic and sustainable plan to help you achieve your goals based on your current lifestyle.

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Marissa joined the Y in 2013 after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in exercise science. She worked as a personal trainer and lifeguard while earning another Bachelor’s Degree, in nutrition. During that time, she resumed taking karate classes, achieving a brown belt, and started running 5Ks. Just recently, she obtained a new certification as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.


  • Certified NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified NCSF Personal Trainer
  • Certified TRX Suspension Trainer
  • NYS Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Certified in CPR & AED Pro, and first aid
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Lisa has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 2008. She started teaching group exercise in 2003 and became a Registered Yoga Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer in 2009. Lisa joined the Guilderland YMCA in 2015. Lisa is currently working towards becoming a Yoga Therapist.


  • MS in Applied Nutrition, Sage Graduate School
  • BS in Nutrition, Russell Sage College
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Commission of Dietetic registration, American Dietetic Assoc.
  • Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist, NYS
  • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500), Yoga Alliance and Yoga Vidya Inc
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
  • SilverSneakers Yoga & Classic Instructor
  • CPR, AED and First Aid

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) = Nutrition Expert. Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts who can help translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDNs use their nutrition expertise to help their clients make unique, positive lifestyle changes. An RDN can promote wellness by helping you gain clarity around nutrition information, improve your results, and save you time trying to figure out what to do.

Everyone’s goals and journey are specific to them. Each client will receive an individualized plan and care depending on their personal and physical goals. Depending on your goal of weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain or overall health. Together, will find markers of success as you reach different milestones and find new and more efficient ways for you to reach those results.

As our bodies begin to change with age, the nutrition recommendations also change with age. As an Active Older Adult, we can highlight your current nutrition status and promote the idea successful aging: positive social, mental and physical health.

Whole body health is a 360-degree view of one’s health, acknowledging that there are physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual factors that contribute to a person’s overall health. Health will look different for each person as we navigate the individuals needs and long-term goals.

There are many different ways to eat healthy, which means choosing a variety of nutritious foods in the right amounts for you – and making these choices a part of your everyday routine. Healthy eating can fit all schedules, tastes, and personal goals. By getting a variety of nutritious foods and beverages into your diet, such as eating a mix of foods across all food groups, you can achieve your own personalized version of healthy eating.

Yes! Depending on the medical issue, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can play a key role in helping manage your specific disease or medical issue. Diabetes, Heart Health, and Blood Pressure management to name a few. Ask our RDN to help you manage your health today!

A popular saying is that “Abs are made in the Kitchen”, and finding the right healthy eating pattern for you can make a huge difference in your body, both physically and mentally. Exercise can improve overall help, boost mood, reduce the risk of disease, and help manage your weight. We have special discounts for those who are enrolled in Personal Training and Nutrition, please see the front desk to learn more!

At the Y, we believe in the philosophy that All Foods Fit, and the focus on mindful eating is key in long term weight loss and healthy goals. The RDN will help guide you in finding a balance in your daily life that is sustainable. Focusing on neutral food language helps foster a positive relationship with food, which in turn empowers us to make mindful decisions that nourish our body and soul.

Depending on your personal diet, there are a variety of ways one can obtain their daily intake of protein. From both animal and plant-based options, one can focus on more lean protein to help build lean muscle and keep its nutrient density high. Try the following to switch things up a bit!

  • Eggs (and Egg Whites!)
  • Chicken Breast or Thighs
  • Greek Yogurt and Cottage Cheese
  • Lentils & Beans
  • Lean Beef
  • Fish
  • Whole Grains & Seitan
  • Tofu & Tempeh
  • Edamame
  • Lentils
  • Protein Supplements, like Protein Powder

Yes! All content discussed in session will be completely confidential, and all Telehealth consultations will be conducted over a HIPAA compliant program. All of your information will stay between you, and our Registered Dietitian.