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Jean Wiecha

Public Health Nutritionist

Jean Wiecha, PhD, is a public health nutritionist specializing in obesity and chronic disease prevention among youth and families. She has been in the field of nutrition for more than 25 years and has extensive research and leadership experience in both academia and state government. Areas of expertise and specialization include community-based participatory research, dissemination and implementation of community and school-based youth health promotion strategies, epidemiology and biology of obesity, physical activity and nutrition science, and intervention design and evaluation.


PhD, Human Nutrition, Tufts University; MS, Human Nutrition, Tufts University; BA (cum laude), Biology, Brown University.

Latest Publications

Wiecha, J.L., Beets, M.W., Colabianchi, N., Ferree, A., Hall, G., Hofman, J., et al. (2014). Promoting physical activity in out-of-school-time programs: We built the bridge-Can we walk over it?. Preventive Medicine, 69 (Suppl 1):S114-S116.
Wiecha, J.L., Hall, G., & Barnes, M. (2014). Uptake of National AfterSchool Association physical activity standards among US after-school sites. Preventive Medicine, 69 (Suppl.):S61-S65.
Waterman, M.R., Wiecha, J.M., Manne, J., Tringale, S.M., Costa, E., & Wiecha, J.L. (2014). Utilization of a free fitness center-based exercise referral program among women with chronic disease risk factors. Journal of Community Health, 39 (6):1179-1185.
Wiecha, J.L., & Hall, G. (2014). Issue editors' notes. New Dir Youth Dev , 2014 (143):1-5.
Wiecha, J.L., Hannon, C., & Meyer, K. (2013). A toolkit to promote fidelity to health promotion interventions in afterschool programs. Health Promotion Practice, 14 (3):370-379.
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  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Youth Health Promotion Strategies
  • Obesity
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition