Nicole Larizza, MS
Founder and Chief Nutrition Officer
Nicole Larizza 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 protocols are built upon a concept of positive nutrition, which focuses on inclusion of wholesome nutrient-rich foods rather than dwelling on the exclusion of unhealthy or taboo foods or food groups.
Nicole holds a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Founded on principles of biochemistry and physiology, this program equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of how nutrition impacts health and disease. She also possesses a secondary graduate degree in Health Education from Hawthorn University. Nicole received her Bachelors of Arts from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Nicole’s graduate research at UB 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 Nourish Our Girls©.
In conjunction, Nicole serves on the consulting board of the Get In Touch Foundation. Their mission is to encourage girls of all ages to get in touch with their bodies by performing regular breast self exams early and often, all in hopes of reducing the spread of breast cancers.
In addition to her private practice, Positively Nourished, LLC, and current work to advance Nourish Our Girls, Nicole works as an in-store nutritionist for a large grocery store cooperative. In this role, she works with a team of 40+ dietitians and other nutrition professionals to communicate nutrition information directly to consumers in a practical setting. She also serves on the board of directors for FISH of Greater New Haven, the only local food pantry that services the community by delivering groceries to those in crisis.
Director of Development
Grace Castellazzo, BSN, began her career in nursing. She worked in numerous capacities in the nursing profession including hospital based medical nursing, intensive care nursing, clinical supervision and teaching undergraduate nursing students and private duty nursing. She also worked in the career development field, consulting in business and personal image enhancement.
Grace moved into the medical research field working with companies on their health programs and then became involved in research studies at Yale University. There, she developed proposals for case ascertainment studies and subsequently implemented and coordinated these programs.
Her most recent work at Yale University was as a Research Associate administering a large grant from the Health Program of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This position was multi-faceted and included working with scientists on the preparation of proposals for funding, creating effective strategies of communication, and dissemination of material. She assisted in the preparation of manuscripts for publication and administered the funding of $1.5 million/year from the MacArthur Foundation.
Pamela is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) in NYC. As a trained chef with a passion for making delicious food using only the purest ingredients, her goal is to help people easily achieve optimal health through education, services and products. She is collaborating with Nourish Our Girls to help guide families toward a healthier foodstyle that may protect their young girls from future breast cancer, while benefitting the entire family's health.
Pamela desperately looked for alternative approaches to rid her daughter of chronic allergies and dependency on ineffective medicine. She discovered The Natural Gourmet Institute which bases its curriculum on the philosophy that food has a direct impact on overall health. That was her lightbulb moment. Pamela eliminated dairy from her family’s diet. They started consuming less animal protein, eating more plant-based foods and introducing the healthiest foods Pamela could find.
Sophie, is now medicine free. Pamela is convinced that changing her family’s
eating habits has made them the healthiest they’ve ever been. She passionately
wants to share her knowledge with others who desire to eat healthier but just
don’t know where to begin.