Jamie Benedict

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Associate Professor

Department of Nutrition
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 202
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 784-6445
Lab: 784-6450

Fax: 784-6449

Email: jamieb@cabnr.unr.edu
Building: Sarah Fleischmann,  Office 216B

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B.S. University of Arizona, 1984
Ph.D. University of Arizona, 1990
Registered Dietitian, ADA 1990 (#13893)


My research interests include the examination of systems and environmental characteristics that influence nutritional health with an emphasis on the school environment.  Currently, I am spear-heading a study to measure the implementation of a school wellness policy.  One purpose of this study is to determine the degree to which the policy has been executed.  This step is critical before the impact of the policy can be fully assessed.  I am also very interested in food insecurity and its impact on nutrition-related behaviors and needs; and attitudes towards obese persons, particularly among health professionals, and the impact of these attitudes on their practice.



NUTR 485/685 Nutrition Research and Contemporary Issues

NUTR 470/670 Community Nutrition

NUTR 110  Success Strategies in Nutrition


  • MPH Teacher/Mentor of the Year, UNR School of Public Health, 2006
  • Outstanding Professional in Maternal and Child Health, Nevada Public Health Association, 1998
  • Education Award - Newsletters; National Association of Extension Home Economists, Third Place
  • Nutrition Education Through Research Award, National Association of Extension Home Economists
  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, 1993


Washoe County School District Food Policy Advisory Committee Member, 2004-06

Washoe County School District Food and Beverage Study Committee Member, 2002-2004

Nevada Department of Education Nutrition Policy Advisory Committee Member, 2002-2004



J. Benedict 2013, Using Popular-press Nutrition Books to Develop Critical Reading Skills of First-Year College Students, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Volume 45, Issue 2 , Pages 188-190
Wilson, M. P., Benedict, J. A., Snow, G., Havercamp, M. J. 2010, Team Development and Beyond, Journal of Extension, 48(5)
Team development and leadership remain important roles for Extension. The objective of this article is to demonstrate how Tuckman’s model for small group development can be used to examine the evolution of teams retrospectively for the purpose of improving future practice. Our experience leading Nevada’s Nutrition Network served as the example here. Critical points in the evolution of this team were identified and alternative actions were cited. 
Collins, C., Benedict, J. 2006, Evaluation of a community-based health promotion program for the elderly: Lessons from Seniors CAN, American Journal of Health Promotion, 21(1), 45-48.
Woodson, J., Braxton-Calhoun, M., Benedict, J. 2005, Food for Health and Soul: A curriculum designed to facilitate healthful recipe modifications to family favorites., Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 36(6), 323-324.
Snow, G., and Benedict, J. 2003, Using social marketing to plan a nutrition education program targeting teens., Journal of Extension, 41(6)
Spoon, M., Devereux, P., Benedict, J., Leontos, C., Constantino, N., Christy, D., Snow, G. 2002, Spoon, M., Devereux, P., Benedict, J., Leontos, C., Constantino, N., Christy, D., Snow, G., Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 34 (5), 268-272.
Hanson, J., Benedict, J. 2002, Use of Health Belief Model to examine older adults food-handling behaviors., Journal of Nutrition Education, 34 (Supplement 1), S25-S30.
Gregson, J., Foerster, S.B., Orr, R. Jones, L, Benedict, J., Clarke, B., Hersey, J., Lewis, J., Zotz, K. 2001, System, Environmental, and Policy Changes: Using the sociological model as a framework for evaluating nutrition education and social marketing programs with low-income audiences., Journal of Nutrition Education, 33(Supplement 1), S4-S15.
Benedict, J ., Spoon, M. 2001, Team Nutrition Partners: A volunteer program to enhance the school environment., Journal of Nutrition Education, 33(4), 249-250.
Benedict, J. , Evans, W., Calder, J. 1999, An exploratory study of recreational drug use and nutrition-related behaviors and attitudes among adolescents, Journal of Drug Education, 29(2), 141-157.
Benedict, J., Wilson, D., Snow, G., Nipp, P., Remig, V., Spoon, M., Leontos, C., and Read, M. 1999, Use of nutrition screening to develop and target nutrition education interventions for the elderly., Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 19(2), 31-47.