Meet Dara Giglio!

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Name: Dara Giglio What is your role at SNACC?

Executive Director of SNACC, Head of SNACC Curriculum, Co-Founder What is your background?

After graduating from Lehigh University in 2016, I was a Kindergarten teacher in Greenwich, Connecticut for two years. In 2018, I moved to NYC and began pursuing a masters degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics. I am a Volunteer tutor for Reading Partners, a program in title 1 schools that helps reduce barriers to learning.  What makes you passionate about the work that SNACC does? I am passionate about SNACC because I have seen the power of nutrition first hand. After being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2014, I was unable to achieve clinical remission until I combined traditional medicine with nutritional therapy. Having the ability to impact my own health status through what I put into my body dramatically improved my quality of life. Access to treatment that employs nutrition is extremely limited within many communities throughout NYC, a reality that deeply resonates with me. I feel passionate about the need for individuals to have the knowledge and opportunity to use diet as a tool to reach optimal health. As our nation faces the rising prevalence of chronic disease associated with diet, we need to improve access to proper nutrition. This critical health barrier must be reduced. As a tutor through Reading Partners I have seen the way student learning is impacted by food, and I am hopeful for the chance to address this challenge through the creation of SNACC. I bring my experience as an educator and nutritional knowledge from my masters studies to this program, helping me to design meaningful curriculum for students.  What is your favorite healthy ingredient and what is your favorite dish to cook with it? Lentils, hands down. They are high in protein, fiber, and many essential vitamins. They are also filled with polyphenols- compounds linked to cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention. Lentils have amazing versatility and can be prepared in a salad, soup, or side. Try some pasta made from lentils with your favorite sauce as a delicious alternative to wheat pasta!   

What is your favorite Quote?

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. –  Benjamin Franklin

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