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Fitness and nutrition are student’s priority

Lauren Manganiello is doing her part to make the campus community healthier.

The 21-year-old psychobiology major from Montague, N.J., has been a personal trainer and part of the floor staff for the past year at FitSpace. Manganiello stresses physical fitness and proper nutrition to students, faculty, staff and community members at the 5,200-square-foot facility in the East Gym.

“One of the things the East Gym promotes is gradually getting in shape, not just crash-dieting or going to the gym the week before spring break,” said Manganiello, who will be a senior this year. “It’s more of a lifestyle than someone going on a diet for a few weeks.”

Manganiello’s efforts do not stop there, though. She is the vice president of the Eating Awareness Student Subcommittee, works with the Pre-Health Student Advisory Committee and has interned with the Southern Tier Eating Disorder Network. The eating awareness group has helped bring whole wheat pasta to campus and Manganiello said she would like to see a farmers’ market come this year.

Jennifer Hunter, program coordinator for Campus Recreational Services, is impressed with Manganiello’s “passion for health and fitness.”

“Her knowledge base and genuine, friendly personality make a difference in the lives of those she interacts with on a daily basis in our fitness center,” Hunter said.

Manganiello wants to continue wellness in the future: She hopes to go to graduate school for sports nutrition.

“There are different things that people don’t know about with eating and training,” she said. “I think it would be fun to work with athletes. It’s also a good way to combine my love for nutrition with my love of personal training. You can’t work out and not eat right. The two go hand-in-hand.”

Manganiello followed older brothers Andrew ’07 and Michael ’09 to Binghamton. Activities such as FitSpace and playing with the field hockey club have enabled her to make a wide variety of friends across all majors, she said.

“This is a second home to me,” she said. “I’ve met some of the best people. My family’s not here, but I’ve made such good friends that they are like family to me.”
 

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Last Updated: 10/14/08