The dietitians behind Zing Bars (Seattle, WA) have announced the recipients of the 2016 Zing Nutrition Grants. The purpose of the grants is to support registered dietitians in launching or growing their nutrition businesses or bringing new nutrition products or services to market.
The company received more than 60 entries and introduced the winning entrepreneurs at the recent annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Boston, MA.
The three winners are:
- Jodi Danen, RDN and owner of Create Kids Club, who was awarded $1,000 to bring her childhood nutrition education club’s products and services to life. Her first project with Create Kids Club is the launch of Lunch Bites lunch box cards. These cards get kids laughing and learning at lunch with positive sayings, acts of kindness, recipes, jokes and fun food facts. All are food and nutrition-themed. Danen is launching Lunch Bites this month to lunch boxes across the world and intends to use grant funding toward printing, distribution and marketing costs.
- Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RDN, LD, CEDRD and owner of Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, has been awarded $500 to help fund her plan to train new dietitians on establishing a private practice. She has been in private practice for nearly 30 years and employs eight RDNs. She aims to use grant funds to increase the success and business-savvy of future private practice RDNs by distributing training materials and conducting business-focused training sessions with dietetics students and interns in the D.C.-metro area.
- Mascha Davis MPH, RDN, owner of Nomadista Nutrition. Davis was awarded $500 to help fund the creation of her e-book debunking nutrition myths and conveying what it means to truly eat healthily and sustainably. She will enlighten on how to make an impact on our food systems both locally and globally. Davis has spent the past five years working in humanitarian aid, mostly in Africa, with a focus on the treatment and prevention of childhood malnutrition.
“As four practicing dietitians, we created Zing Bars and launched our company because we couldn’t find a nutrition science-based bar on the market that met the needs of our patients. Now, with the growth of Zing Bars into markets across the country, we wanted to ‘give back’ and support the entrepreneurial initiatives of other dietitians who are trying to close the ‘awareness gap’ in better nutrition and build their businesses,” noted Zing Bars Co-founder and CEO David Ingalls.
For more information, visit www.zingbars.com.