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Zing Nutrition Grants – More Highlights!

October 18, 2016

Last week we announced the winners of our first annual Zing Nutrition Grants. We at Zing Nutrition Bar are grateful for the entrepreneurial opportunities we have been afforded and we were excited to recognize efforts within the dietetic community – a community that provided the knowledge, skills and inspiration for our exciting careers.

Now we’d like to gush about some of the amaZing entries that deserve honorable mention. We wish we could have awarded a million dollars in funding; there were so many deserving entries!

Submissions varied from creation of e-books to cookbooks; from a focus on chronic diseases such as diabetes to chronic kidney disease; and from addressing childhood nutrition to nutrition for the elderly. Dietitians told us how they wanted to collaborate with other healthcare providers to improve access to nutrition counseling. They want to share their skills and their time at schools, clinics, shelters and more.

Please join us in recognizing the entrepreneurial spirit of the following professionals!

Honorable Mentions

Chrissy Carroll, MPH, RDN of Snacking in Sneakers, has eaten reindeer and chocolate-covered crickets, thus it came as a surprise to her when her three-week-old son presented with a dairy and soy intolerance. Chrissy plans to develop a dairy-free and soy-free e-cookbook specifically for nursing moms who are in need of convenient recipes that won’t have a negative impact on their nursing child. 


High schoolers team up with Dr. Jennifer Bowers, PhD, RDN to teach students in grades 2 through 6 about nutrition as part of her “Tasty Kids!” club. Dr. Bowers aims to teach 10-20 children weekly about funky fruits, our digestive system, fun with fiber and unusual vegetables. 

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, of Nourishing Balance, proposed bringing information, education and inspiration to women who reside at a local shelter in her area where Mary has provided several workshops to date focused on healthy eating and healthy cooking.


As a physician herself, Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA, RDN, LD, CLT, “The DocRD,” wants to meet with and motivate her fellow physician colleagues in San Antonio, TX to refer their patients to dietitians to help their patients get healthier, be more productive and feel better.


The Real Food Dietitians Stacie Hassing and Jessica Beacom have a goal of creating a team of contributor RDNs who will provide recipes and author nutrition and lifestyle-focused pieces based on real food. They are eager to post this much-needed content on their website for all to read!  


Alissa Rumsey, MS, RDN, CDN, CSCS, owner of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition & Wellness, plans to create an online weight management coaching program with a focus on mindful eating. Her program will allow for improved access to a dietitian to address clients’ healthcare needs and goals.


Pretend you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes – where do you turn for easy-to-understand information? Anita Bermann, MS, RDN, CD, owner of Ideal Feast Nutrition Counseling, dreams of using her background in the arts to create visually-appealing, easy-to-understand educational diabetes materials for her clients and patients.

We aim to continue the grant opportunity in 2017 and look forward to reading your entries!

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