Dana Harrison, MS is a nutritionist and educator based in Central MA and Greater Boston. With an undergraduate degree in biology from Vassar College, Dana was on the pre-med track until she took two classes senior year (one in education and the other in nutrition) and had an “aha” moment. Upon entering graduate school at University of Massachusetts Amherst for nutrition science (with a community nutrition concentration), Dana gained a strong interest in health promotion via combined nutrition and exercise efforts. Her graduate coursework, teaching experiences, and fascination for nutrition as a science reinforced her desire to pursue nutrition education.
Dana has a love/love relationship with food and promotes positive nutrition behavior changes that are simple and sustainable. For Dana, food serves more than its main purpose of nourishing the body; it represents something that she is eager to learn and teach about, something she is truly passionate about. Her interest in nutrition intervention reconfirms her genuine desire to break down food as a science and examine various factors influencing one’s diet, including biological, cultural, and environmental components.
Her nutrition niche is designing nutrition education programs for firefighters. When she’s not working with the firefighting community or individual clients, she enjoys teaching spin and scoping out new fitness classes. Her philosophy for a balanced outlook on healthy living: eat, move, love, and learn.