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Jasia (Jayne) Steinmetz, RD, CD

Jasia Steinmetz Professor - Food and Nutrition
Director - Didactic Program in Dietetics
Vice President - Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (national organization)
202 CPS

Areas of Expertise

Community Nutrition, Sustainable and Resilient Food and Water Systems

Current Undergraduate Classes Taught

  • FN 151
  • FN 346
  • FN 393
  • FN 438
  • FN 357
  • FN 456

Current Graduate Classes Taught 

  • FN 730
  • FN 751
  • FN 770

Research Interests

Dietetics education in food security and sustainability, collaborative community development, sustainability and resiliency in food and water systems


  • Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences-Nutrition and Nutrition Policy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
    • Minor: Sociology
    • Dissertation: "Nutritional Status of Preschool Children in Haiti Related to Mother's Participation in Women’s Groups"
  • M.S. Preventive Medicine-Epidemiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
  • M.S. Nutrition and Food Science, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1985
  • B.S. Dietetics, University of WI-Stevens Point, 1981
  • Other Credentials:       
    • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration, 1989-current
    • Certified Dietitian, State of Wisconsin, 1996-current

Professional Experience 

  • 2011-present: Professor, Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Promotion and Human Development, UW-Stevens Point
  • 2004-2011: Associate Professor, tenured, Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Promotion and Human Development, UW-Stevens Point
  • 1999-2004: Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Promotion and Human Development, UW-Stevens Point
  • 1992-present: Consulting Nutritionist   

Selected Publications 

Steinmetz J, "Nutrition Education" In: The Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues, Ken Albala, Editor, Sage Publishers, 2015.

Steinmetz J, "Food Pyramids and National Dietary Recommendations." In: The Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues, Ken Albala, Editor, Sage Publishers, 2015.

Steinmetz J, "Cholesterol, LDL and HDL" In:, The Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues Ken Albala, Editor, Sage Publishers, 2015.

Steinmetz J. "An Ethnographic and Culinary Introduction to the Farmers' Market and Seasonal Food." In Harmon A, Wharton C, Sarjahani A, et al. editors. Teaching Food Systems and Sustainability in Nutrition Education and Dietetic Training: Lessons for Educators. 2013.

Steinmetz J, Wavrunek K, Clausen D. "Assessment of Sustainability Using the Green Seal Standards in Small and Large University Food Service Management Systems" Wisconsin Dietetic Association Annual Conference, 2011.

Steinmetz JS. Review of Counseling Tips for Nutrition Therapists: Practice Workbook. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2008; 40(5):327-328.

Chitharanjan JS. Exploring the Ecology of Food Choice. Academic Exchange Quarterly. Winter 2003; 7(4): 255.

Chitharanjan JS. Critical Thinking in Community Nutrition Problems: Utilization of a Key Player Framework. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2003; 103(9):A68.

Chitharanjan JS, Dubuisson S, Clevidence BA, Wiley ER, Woods RJ, and PS Simon. Household and Maternal Determinants of Vitamin A and Iron Status in Preschool Children in Haiti with Special Attention to Participation in Women's Groups. Abstract. In Vitamin A and Other Micronutrients: Biologic Interventions and Integrated Interventions. Report of the XIX International Vitamin A Consultative Group Meeting, 1999. 

Books Published

  • Steinmetz, Jasia. Eat Local. Simple Steps to Enjoy Real, Healthy & Affordable Food. California: New World Publishing, 2011. 

Research Projects 

Issues surrounding local food on a university campus: explore knowledge, perceptions and practices of different key players who are involved with food system sustainability and local food availability.

Impact of EBT machines at farmer's markets: Social safety nets such as WIC, SNAP and Older Adult programs include allocations or coupons for farmer’s market purchases. An EBT machine at the market is necessary for participants of these programs to access their benefits. This research investigates the impact of EBT machines in two farmer's markets amongst SNAP participants. 

Collaborative outreach to the Hispanic Community in a central Wisconsin county agency. Developing effective collaboration and outreach is necessary for programs to reach intended audiences. This research examines the factors that may support or impede outreach programs to the Hispanic community.

Assessment of Food Security Among College Students at a Midwest University: The purpose of this research surveys the extent of hunger within a college campus. 

Previous Courses Taught

  • HPW 312 Epidemiology
  • HPW 360 Nutrition Practicum
  • FN 101 Introduction to the Profession of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • FN 106 Introductory Foods
  • FN 448 Food Service Management
  • FN 457/657 Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism
  • FN 755 Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • FN 758 Older Adult Nutrition
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