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Heather Hutchins-Wiese

Associate Professor

Heather Hutchins-Wiese 373A Marshall




Ph.D. 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

Karshin C, Seurynck K, Hutchins-Wiese H. Small Changes, Big Impact. Integrating Interprofessional Education (IPE) for Student Success.  Peer-Reviewed Session Presented at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Chicago, Il. October 23, 2017.

 Ardolino E, Garret Ramos A, Hutchins-Wiese H, Kerstetter J, Bihuniak J, Kleppinger A, Kenny AM.  Changes in functional capacity in postmenopausal women adhering to a Mediterranean diet. Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice. 2017;6:94-100.

 Bihuniak J, Ramos A, Huedo-Medina T, Kleppinger A, Hutchins-Wiese H, Kerstetter J, Kenny AM. Adherence to a Mediterranean-Style Diet and its impact on cardiovascular risk factors in postmenopausal women. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Nov;116(11):1767-1775.

 Angastinioti E, Hutchins-Wiese H. Perception of and Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet in Cyprus and the United States. Poster Presented at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston, MA. October 18, 2016. JAND Sept;116(9) Suppl 1:A88. 

 Dong H, Kleppinger A, Hutchins-Wiese HL, Annis K, Liva, E, Lammi-Keefe C, Durham H, Feinn R, Kenny AM. Effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on bone in older women. International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition  Research. 2014;84:124-32.

  Hutchins-Wiese HL, Picho K, Watkins BA, Yong L, Tannenbaum S, Claffey K, Kenny AM. High dose eicosapenatenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid supplementation reduces bone resorption in postmenopausal women on aromatase inhibitors: a pilot study. Nutr Cancer. 2014;66(1):68-76.

 Hutchins-Wiese HL, Kleppinger A, Schuman B, Kenny AM. Dietary intake, physical activity and performance in healthy postmenopausal women. Poster Presented at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA. October 21, 2014. JAND Sept;114(9) Suppl 2:A100.

 Mangano KM, Hutchins-Wiese HL, Kenny AM, Walsh SJ, Abourizk RH, Bruno RS, Lipcius R, Fall P, Kleppinger A, Kenyon-Pesce L, Prestwood KM, Kerstetter JE. Soy Proteins and isoflavones impact on serum lipids and inflammatory markers in older women: a randomized controlled trial. Nutr Res. 2013 Dec;33(12):1026-33

 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. J Nutr Health Aging. 2013 Jan;17(1):76-80

 Hutchins-Wiese HL, Duffy VB, Watkins BA, Li Y, Kenny AM. A food liking survey to assess n-3 PUFA status in healthy postmenopausal women. Poster Presented at Experimental Biology in Boston, MA. April 2013.FASEB J. 2013:616.1p169.   

Hutchins-Wiese HL, Li Y, Hannon K, Watkins BA. Long chain omega-3 PUFA and hind limb suspension up regulates 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.

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.

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