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Nutrition

The world of food and nutrition can be an overwhelming one! In an age where social media is king, it can be very difficult to decipher what is reliable information and what can be potentially harmful or dangerous. Adolescent female athletes can be a particularly vulnerable population; dispelling nutrition myths and providing proper information to our girls supports the development of a healthy relationship with both food and body.  Proper nutrition is essential for growth, hormonal functioning, not to mention optimal performance.  Our approach emphasizes moderation, balance, and enjoyment of a variety of foods with a special focus on performance. We do not believe in diets, “good foods”, or “bad foods”.   We take an individualized approach with our clients that focus on meeting their unique needs and challenges. We believe in empowering our girls to make choices that they feel good about that will nourish and support their bodies!

 

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Laura Moretti MS RD CSSD LDN

Laura Moretti completed Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition as well as her didactic program in clinical dietetics at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. She completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital including intensive training at the Weill Cornell Medical Center inpatient eating disorder treatment program. Laura recently moved to Boston from New York City to join the Sports Medicine Team at Boston Children's Hospital where she is also the Dietitian for the Female Athlete Program. She previously worked as the Primary Nutrition Therapist at Columbus Park Collaborative and Appleman Nutrition in New York City. She possesses a specialty in sports performance based nutrition as well as treating low energy availability, disordered eating and eating disorders in athletes.  Laura has an extensive amount of experience in consulting and collaborating with local colleges, universities, professional sport and dance facilities. She also is the consulting RD for the Boston Ballet Company. Laura is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Academy of Eating Disorders, Massachusetts Dietetic Association, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association, Co-Chair of the AED Sport and Exercise SIG, and the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. On a personal note, Laura is a competitive triathlete as well as a Boston Marathon Qualifier. 

Find out more about Laura on her personal website or email her at laura@lauramorettird.com. To schedule with her, please email her directly or contact her via her website.

 

 


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Mental Skills Training

Girl Fit is so happy to provide access to Mental Skills Coaching with Kelsey Griffith of the Micheli Center every Friday. Feeling confident in sport leads to success, especially when recovering from an injury. Through mental skills training, athletes learn to navigate the maze of mental challenges associated with sport to better reach self-determined goals and perform optimally both on and off the field. 

The goal of mental skills training is to help athletes develop techniques to maximize performance, reach self-determined goals, and build confidence in their fields of play. Mental conditioning helps athletes reach the top of their game and feel confident returning to sport after recovering from injuries. In addition to being physically prepared, it is important that athletes are equipped with the right tools to handle the mental stresses that can come with playing sports or being injured.

Kelsey works with athletes on their mental skills with the goal of helping them achieve optimal sport performance and cope with any injuries they may be experiencing. Topics that may be addressed include: mental toughness, goal setting, stress management, mental imagery, performance consistency, cognitive restructuring, and positive self talk.

Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Muhlenberg College in 2011.  After two years in New York City, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Springfield College. While at Springfield, Kelsey worked with athletes, teams, and coaches at the NCAA Division III collegiate level.  She has also worked with the Massachusetts Olympic Development elite soccer program and Broadway performers. Additionally, she completed a thesis examining the effects of training on the mood states of professional ballet dancers. 

Kelsey currently serves as the Performance Enhancement & Rehabilitation Specialist at The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, an affiliate of Boston Children's Hospital--Division of Sports Medicine.  Having danced all her life, Kelsey has a personal understanding of the demands placed on athletes -- mentally, physically and emotionally.  

For pricing options and to learn more please visit: http://www.themichelicenter.com/our-services/mental-skills-training/

Interested in setting up an appointment with Kelsey? Contact her at kelseygriffith@themichelicenter.com.