Meet LMP’s New Program Coordinator, Maris Altieri!
Let’s Move Pittsburgh had the pleasure to sit down with Maris Altieri and discuss her new role as Let's Move Pittsburgh’s Program Coordinator. Read on to learn about Maris!
LMP: Tell us about your background.
Maris: I just finished my dietetic internship with the California Polytechnic State University in the beautiful county of San Luis Obispo. After one quick exam, I’ll be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist! Exploring the social, cultural and economic context of food has always been a fascination of mine, which lead me to pursue a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Pittsburgh. During my undergrad, I worked with urban agriculture and nutrition education nonprofits to tackle barriers related to food insecurity. It was the perfect combination of my passions: nature, nutrition and food justice. As someone who grew up in a neighborhood where food insecurity and obesity went hand in hand, I feel like it’s my calling to educate and provide resources to the communities that need it most.
LMP: How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
Maris: Passionate, creative, empathetic, reflective, and determined.
LMP: What’s your favorite food?
Maris: Nothing beats the flavor of an heirloom tomato just picked off of the vine, especially if you grew it yourself. Pair it with a little sea salt and avocado and you have perfection.
LMP: Why did you choose to work for Phipps?
Maris: Two years ago, I had the honor of working for the Homegrown Garden Program as a community outreach intern. During this time, I fell in love with the mission of Phipps. Phipps exemplifies the three pillars of sustainability (social, environmental, economic), which is why its programs are so impactful. I view the Let’s Move Program as the perfect opportunity to support and collaborate with communities to make wellness oriented policy changes.
LMP: What do you hope to accomplish in your new role?
Maris: I hope to empower families to use food as a tool to nourish the mind, body and soul. I’m looking forward to working compassionately, collaboratively and creatively with the Pittsburgh community!