2018-07-06 / Community

Cape native earns top award


Meridan (Davidson) Zerner receives the 2018 national Excellence in Practice Award from the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Courtesy photo) Meridan (Davidson) Zerner receives the 2018 national Excellence in Practice Award from the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Courtesy photo) Meridan (Davidson) Zerner, 1988 graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School, won the 2018 national Excellence in Practice Award from the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The organization has more than 7,000 members.

The award is for innovation and expertise in the areas of sports nutrition and cardiovascular health. Most recent recipients have national reputations in their specialties. Criteria included visibility of practice, professional accomplishments demonstrated to advance and impact the profession and outstanding leadership/service to the profession.

Zerner is employed as a nutrition and fitness specialist at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas, where she also uses her broadcast skills to represent the clinic regularly on local television to inform and advise viewers on nutrition issues.

Zerner received her bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Newhouse School of Broadcast Journalism at Syracuse University and later earned her master’s degree in nutritional science (emphasis in health promotion) from Oklahoma University. Subsequently she has also earned the following credentials in her field: registered dietitian nutritionist, certified specialist in sports dietetics, licensed dietitian and certified wellness coach.

She is the daughter of Edie and Dan Davidson of Cape Elizabeth and daughter-in-law of Dr. John and Libby Zerner of Little Diamond Island. Her husband, Dr. Jay Zerner, graduated from Deering High School and is currently a radiologist in Dallas.

Return to top