Current Award Winners


Award of Excellence

The 2019-2020 Nutrition Education for the Public Award of Excellence has been awarded to Elizabeth Traxler.


Elizabeth Traxler


At the time of application, Elizabeth was a Dietetic Intern at the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University. The Health, Wellness, and You Learning Community was created at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to identify common health issues among first-year college students. The transition from high school to college can be a stressful period in a young adult’s life, which affects many aspects of health. One of Elizabeth’s key role was serving as the instructor’s aide for the freshmen seminar course that emphasized common first-year college health issues. She also served as a mentor to seven students and met with each mentee to discuss their experiences at the university. Data collection was used to track their health wellness during the course. Physical assessments and wellness questionnaires were utilized to assess changes in the student’s health parameters. The results initiated a new health strategy where case study videos were utilized focusing on health data from the first-year student health study and videos that displayed fictional characters acting out the health issues. Congratulations Elizabeth on your involvement and commitment to a project that will enlighten students on their health status.


Outstanding Member

The Nutrition Education for the Public DPG has chosen Vivian Haley-Zitlin to receive the 2019-2020 Outstanding NEP Member Award.


Vivian Haley-Zitlin


Vivian is currently a Professor for Clemson University. For the past 23 years, she has served as an advisor for several undergraduate and graduate students. She is currently the Didactic Program Director (DPD) at Clemson University. During her 14 year tenure as a NEP member, she has served as chair-elect, chair, and is now serving as the external funding chair. Vivian will receive $500.00 and will be highlighted at the Member Showcase at FNCE 2020. Congratulations Vivian on your accomplishments and commitments to NEP!


The NEP team is proud and honored to congratulate these members on such great accomplishments and contributions in the field of nutrition!


Student Award Winners

NEP is pleased to award two student NEP members scholarships to help support their attendance at FNCE® 2019 in Philadelphia. Our awardees are Michaela Breece, a senior at Bowling Green University and Siena Senn, a senior at Marywood University.



Michaela Breece

     Siena Senn