Ms Karen Inge

Accredited practising dietitian Ms Karen Inge is an author and nutrition commentator. Ms Inge is widely recognised for her ground breaking work in sports nutrition in Australia. As the first...

Accredited practising dietitian Ms Karen Inge is an author and nutrition commentator.

Ms Inge is widely recognised for her ground breaking work in sports nutrition in Australia.  As the first dietitian appointed to a VFL/AFL club in 1981 she developed innovative nutrition strategies to help Hawthorn Football Club achieve their dominant position over eight seasons.  

Ms Inge’s sports nutrition work included Nutrition Advisor to the Australian Ballet Company for seven years and Victorian Elite Gymnastics Program for 10 years, founding Head of Nutrition at the Victorian Institute of Sport for 21 years, inaugural Vice President and later President of Sports Dietitians Australia and culminated in her role as Sports Nutrition Co-ordinator for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

She was the first dietitian to be made a fellow of Sports Medicine Australia and an inaugural Fellow of Sports Dietitians Australia.

Well known as the nutrition writer for the Australian Women's Weekly for over 17 years and regular nutrition presenter on Melbourne‘s 3AW for 14 years, Ms Inge is asked to present to the medical and dietetic professions, corporate, legal, academic and sporting communities as well nutrition commentating to the media and general public.

Ms Inge won the Food Media Club Award for best nutrition writing for her book 'Let's Eat Right for Families' and also wrote ‘Food Fitness and Feeling Good’.  She co-authored the award winning book ‘Food for Sport’ and ‘Food for Sport Cookbook’ and has contributed to several other books including state of the art text books on clinical sports nutrition and medicine.

Ms Inge has a passion for culinary nutrition and has worked extensively with food producers and the hospitality industry to consider nutrition quality a priority.

Ms Inge is committed to community service and philanthropy, through her voluntary positions including board member of St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, Ambassador for Fareshare, a food rescue organisation, member of the Deakin University Postgraduate Nutrition Advisory Board, Director Zig Inge Foundation and Director Janko-Inge Foundation and previous Ambassador for Vic Health and Director of the Coeliac Research Fund.