Eastern Michigan University

Heather Hutchins-Wiese

Assistant Professor

308 Marshall




PhD Food and Nutrition - Purdue University

MS Allied Health and Health Promotion - University of Connecticut

BS Dietetics - University of Connecticut

Teaching Interests

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Hutchins-Wiese HL, Kleppinger A, Annis K, Liva, E, Lammi-Keefe C, Durham H, Kenny AM. The impact of supplemental long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and dietary antioxidants on physical performance in older postmenopausal women. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, In Press.

Hutchins-Wiese HL, Li Y, Hannon K, Watkins BA. Long chain omega-3 PUFA and hind limb suspension upregulates the endocannabinoid system in skeletal muscle. J Nutr Biochem. 2012 Aug; 23(8):986-93.

Hutchins HL, Li Y, Hannon K, Watkins BA. Eicosapentaenoic acid decreases expression of anandamide synthesis enzyme and cannabinoid receptor 2 in osteoblast-like cells. J Nutr Biochem. 2011 Feb;22(2):195-200.

Mills JD, Bailes JE, Sedney CL, Hutchins H, Sears B. Omega 3 dietary supplementation reduces traumatic axonal injury in a rodent head injury model. J Neurosurgery, 2011 Jan;114(1):77-84.

Watkins BA, Hutchins HL, Li Y, Seifert MF. The endocannabinoid system: a marriage of PUFA and musculoskeletal health. J Nutr Biochem. 2010 Dec;21(12):1141-52.

Sorgi PJ, Hallowell EM, Hutchins HL, Sears B. Effects of an open-label pilot study with high-dose EPA/DHA concentrates on plasma phospholipids and behavior in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Nutrition Journal 2007 July;6(1):16.

Duffy VB, Lanier SA, Hutchins HL, Pescatello LS, Johnson MK, Bartoshuk LM. Food preference questionnaire as a screening tool for assessing dietary risk of cardiovascular disease within health risk appraisals. J Am Diet Assoc 2007 Feb:107(2):237-45.

Hutchins H. Conference coverage: nutrition and metabolic aspects of carbohydrate restriction - 2006 nutrition and metabolism scientific sessions. Medscape General Medicine 2006 Jun 21;8(2):80.

Johnston CS, Tjonn SL, Swan PD, White A, Hutchins H, Sears B. Ketogenic low-carbohydrate diets have no metabolic advantage as compared to non-ketogenic low-carbohydrate diets. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 May;83(5): 1055-61.

Hutchins H. Symposium Highlights: Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Recommendations for Therapeutics and Prevention. Medscape General Medicine 2005 Oct 19;7(4):18.

Invited Presentations

Hutchins-Wiese HL. Nutrition Screening and Assessment. Beyond breakfast lunch and dinner. Presented at the University of Connecticut Center on Aging Grand Rounds. March 12, 2012.

Hutchins-Wiese HL. Endocannabinoid system mRNA levels are sensitive to PUFA and physiological changes in osteoblast-like cells and muscle. Presented to the University of Connecticut Department of Allied Health Sciences. Oct. 4, 2010.

Additional Information


Community Nutrition; Proteins, Lipids and Carbohydrates; From Aging to Infancy, A Life course Retrospective.


I am interested in examining the effect of diet and dietary patterns on bone health and risk for osteoporosis, frailty, and maintenance of independence in older adults.    Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, and the impact of a modulated fatty acid intake (i.e. reduced saturated fat and increased monounsaturated and/or n-3 polyunsaturated fat) within the context of a nutrient- rich diet, such as the Mediterranean Diet, are of particular interest.  I enjoy working with older adult populations to promote their well-being.  As such, I am also interested studying the impact of diet in populations with accelerated loss of function and independence, such as hip fracture and diabetes.

The School of Health Sciences is part of the College of Health & Human Services, 304 Everett L. Marshall Building, 734.487.0077