Health Counseling at Calzaretto Chiropractic Center
My name is Laura Wald and I am a Certified Health Counselor by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I received my B.A. from Temple University and then went on to study at the Insitute for Integrative Nutrition, which is affiliated with Columbia University.
I’ve been involved with food in some way, shape, or form for most of my life. My father was a cook when I was growing up, and even though I learned how to prepare food from a young age, the most valuable thing I learned from him was the mysterious quality and depth of food that cannot be measured by a cup or spoon. He had his moments of quietude, but the ones that are most poignant in my memory are the times of meditation that came over him in the kitchen. He was a musician before he started our family, and I think he carried that fervent concentration any great artist must have over into the preparation of his meals. I would watch how he rarely measured anything, somehow knowing just what was right, carefully and intently stirring a stew, flipping with a precise science, and delicately placing his creations on our plates. Just like his music, it was an art. He could cook anything and it would taste wonderful.
My professional career has revolved around food, education, and the arts. I always enjoyed the power of food; the concept of a shared meal and what it can provide emotionally and spiritually as well as physically. During my undergraduate career I worked in the inner-city public school system of Philadelphia. There, I saw a discouraging trend of poor education on proper nutrition, and more importantly a lack of outlets to get healthy food. Upon visiting many other schools and neighborhoods, it wasn’t long before I realized it wasn’t only the underprivileged getting a less than mediocre education on health and wellness, but society as a whole.
It seems that almost every day I meet someone who says they’ve lost themselves in the daily shuffle. The dynamic of caring for a family, a household, and a career has changed dramatically over the years. High stress as a result of too much to do and not enough time to do it, an array of mixed media messages on health, and a new fad diet everyday is enough to confuse anyone on how to take care of themselves. How did something as simple as food become so difficult?
I’ve seen on a very personal level illness or disease affect both of my parents and other members of my family who I love very much. This has caused me to dedicate my life to the prevention of disease, proper education on health, and guiding people to discover the power they all possess to take control of their health and happiness.
I can’t wait to work with you!
Laura Wald CHC, AADP