Laura Feinblum, MS, RD, CDN
Laura believes prevention is the best recipe for healthy living.
Don't wait to change your eating behaviors until after you develop a chronic disease.
Nutrition is a big buzz word these days. But what does it actually mean? Everyone sets out with certain assumptions and expectations about what constitutes good nutrition. For some, it’s maintaining a healthy weight. For others it’s managing a chronic health condition through diet. And still for others it means striving for optimal health through food and, perhaps supplements, to feel at their peak.
Incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle
Nutrition counseling teaches you how to incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle. Laura creates a customized, healthy eating plan based on your health status, medical history, social needs, and daily caloric and nutrient requirements. It is very much a collaborative effort between the nutritionist and the patient, as the best eating plans are only successful if you enjoy the recommended foods AND the plan fits into your daily routine. Together you adjust the meal plan to suit your needs versus adjusting your needs to fit the plan.
Foods not supplements
Laura does not support fad diets nor does she promote excessive supplement use (except when deemed medically necessary such as Vitamin D, iron or fish oil). Instead, she promotes foods that are easily accessible to optimize your nutritional status.
Laura Feinblum is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). Known as the “realist dietitian,” Laura teaches her patients how to incorporate healthy eating habits into their current lifestyle. She promotes ordinary foods that are easily found in non-specialty markets.
Her experience in the dietetics field is diverse and spans numerous nutritional concerns within the adult and pediatric populations, including: weight management and obesity, diabetes (Types 1 & 2 and gestational), cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and bariatric surgery.
Laura has worked in a variety of settings—private practice, corporate, inpatient acute care, outpatient, and rehabilitation—and is especially skilled at tailoring diet plans appropriate to an individual’s particular needs. Laura offers nutrition counseling on a one-to-one basis and in group sessions. She teaches her patients how to peacefully co-exist with food and demonstrates that healthy eating and good-tasting food are not opposites. She particularly likes to “tweak” a patient’s existing diet to optimize its nutritional impact while simultaneously maintaining its original spirit.
In addition, Laura frequently lectures on various nutrition topics and provides nutrition counseling at Fortune 500 companies including Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, Time Warner, and New York Life Insurance. Laura also provides nutrition expertise to administrators, teachers, and parents at area schools, churches, and synagogues. She enjoys giving presentations as she can educate and impact large groups.
For over seven years, Laura served as a corporate dietitian for Con Edison. In this capacity, she counseled employees on an individual basis, give presentations on nutrition topics of particular relevance to the employee population, introduced new foods and preparation methods through food demonstrations, and served as a liaison with the corporate catering and vending concerns.
Laura headed "back to school" to provide nutrition counseling to students and staff at Monroe College, Bronx.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University. For the past two years, Laura has served as Treasurer for the Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association.
Laura lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, two children and one dog. (And, yes, they all eat their carrots!)
Individualized counseling for different needs
Individual nutrition counseling can be short-term or long-term. New patients can expect to have an initial appointment that lasts approximately 60-75 minutes with three to five follow-up visits (35-45 minutes each). Dietary modifications take time and patience. Most people do not develop undesirable eating habits in a year or two and, therefore, may need ongoing education, guidance and support. For patients with chronic diseases that require an acute change in the way they eat (i.e., diabetes, celiac disease, elevated cholesterol), more sessions may be necessary depending on medication and blood test results. Emotional eaters may benefit from ongoing sessions with Laura and the coordinated work of a psychotherapist to address the issues behind their eating.
Learning Outside the Classroom
Shopping trips, home visits, recipes, and more
In addition to office visits, Laura offers learning outside the "classroom." This may take the form of trips to the supermarket, specialty food market or farmer's market. Laura also specializes in home visits where the patient's refrigerator and food pantry offer ideal nutrition learning opportunities. Laura enjoys recommending new foods, cooking methods, and recipes to her patients.
Employee sickness and absenteeism cost American businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue.
Expertise provided by a Registered Dietitian yields the biggest individual and corporation payoff.
It’s no secret that employee sickness and absenteeism cost American businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue. Among the top reasons for skyrocketing costs include doctor appointments, hospitalizations, and costly medications for chronic conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. These diseases are often inter-related and share an underlying nutritional component.
Administrators and corporate executives spend a lot of time and money strategizing on how best to combat these issues. One solution that’s been gaining momentum the last few years centers on corporate wellness. There are several established paths that companies have instituted: health fairs, nutrition seminars, and quasi-partnerships with health insurance companies and online medical providers. While these initiatives can be successful, the expertise provided by a registered dietitian in a one-to-one setting yields the biggest individual and corporate payoff.
An on-site dietitian can decrease medical costs and increase your company's bottom line without any additional expenditures to the company.
Results-oriented: Employees are satisfied as they receive top quality nutrition counseling without leaving their office. Employees don't need to take a day or partial day off from work for a nutrition office visit and, due to convenience, appointments are rarely canceled. Companies are satisfied because they offer a “value-added” service to their employees with little, or oftentimes, no financial outlay.
In addition to individual counseling, group lectures, cafeteria tours, and healthy cooking demonstrations are available.
Areas of Laura's nutritional expertise include:
Individual private payment plans are also available.
Laura is a provider on many medical insurance plans, however, not all plans include nutrition services coverage. Please call your individual insurance plan for coverage details. You may also contact Laura directly for more information.
Laura is a provider with:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
MVP (formerly Hudson Health)
45 Popham Road, Suite 1E, Scarsdale, New York
Evening and Saturday appointments available.
1910 Pelham Parkway South, 1B, Bronx, New York