with Laura O’Reilly RN MSM
Laura O’Reilly RN MSM, owner of FTG Wellness, is a published author, registered nurse and a health advocate, with a background in fitness management, personal training and nutrition counseling.
As the Executive Director of the North Jersey Health Collaborative, a public health 501C3 non profit organization, she led community health needs assessments and community health improvement plans for 5 counties in northern NJ, making preventive care a priority in community health. In that role she led a Project ECHO series for Rutgers University titled, "Addressing Barriers to Care for Individuals with I/DD" to advocate for health needs of adults with disabilities.
Laura was the Director and AVP of Health and Wellness at Easterseals NJ where she managed programs in all 21 counties of NJ. She created Be Well & Thrive, the first ICE accredited health and wellness programs for individuals with special needs in the U.S. and served as a health and wellness program mentor and trainer for national Easter Seals affiliates. She was the coalition leader in N.J. for the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, and the Community Inclusion Index, U.S. CDC funded initiatives.
O’Reilly serves on the NJ Department of Health Rural Health Advisory Council and the HealthyNJ 2030 Advisory Council. She served as president of the New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association, and was on the NJ Division of Aging Chronic Disease Self Management Committee.
Laura wrote hundreds of articles for a weekly column, “Keeping Fit With Laura O’Reilly” for Gannett Newspapers, and is the author of “Get Fit to Go: Motivation to Exercise and Get Healthy” and “Well? What are you Waiting For?” as well as several health and wellness program guides.
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