Jacquelyn W. McClelland

Jacquelyn W. McClelland

PhD Professor Emeritus

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult and older adult nutrition
  • Adult and older adult health promotion and diet-related disease prevention
  • Healthy eating patterns
  • Nutrition education and healthy lifestyle for limited-resource audiences
  • Nutrition education and healthy lifestyle for Latino audiences
  • Food security


Dr. McClelland is a professor, nutrition specialist and journal editor. She provides leadership to the adult nutrition arena as well as to diet-related chronic disease issues including heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis. She has developed or co-developed nutrition education programs including: Partners in Wellness (targeting limited-resource older adults), Black Church’s United for Better Health (targeting African Americans and cancer), Building Bones for a Lifetime (targeting osteoporosis), and Give Your Heart A Healthy Beat! (targeting heart disease, stroke, and obesity). She has authored/coauthored over 40 refereed journal publications and over 50 peer-reviewed Extension publications. As Principal Investigator, co-investigator, or collaborator, Dr. McClelland has accumulated over $14 million dollars in grants, contracts, resources, and services in support of educational programming to improve the diet and health of North Carolinians, including Steps to Health (SNAP-Ed program) and MIMB (SNAP-Outreach program). She is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and is the immediate past chair of the North Carolina Osteoporosis Foundation.

Programs and Initiatives

  • Steps to Health (STH), NC State University's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed): STH helps participants make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles. Specifically, it provides nutrition education for limited-resource audiences including preschoolers, kindergarteners, 2nd grade students, 3rd grade students, adults, Latino families, and older adults.
  • More in My Basket (MIMB) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Outreach: MIMB informs audiences about the advantages of enrolling in Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits (i.e., food stamps, EBT cards) and the enrollment process itself. MIMB also addresses incorrect or outdated information about FNS and demonstrates how FNS benefits, at any dollar amount, can help purchase more and healthier foods, and free up budgeted grocery dollars for other expenses -
  • Justice-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force: focuses on targeted strategies concerning heart disease and stroke addressing health behaviors, management and control of secondary risk factors, emergency response for acute cardiovascular events and management of chronic cardiovascular conditions and post hospital care. North Carolina Osteoporosis Foundation: promotes osteoporosis awareness, advocates for prevention and supports community-based efforts across North Carolina.
  • Give Your Heart a Healthy Beat! (GYHAHB!) program: GYHAHB! is an interactive program which lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. This program is delivered by county Extension agents and a self-guided version is available on the web.
  • A Man’s Guide to Basic Culinary Art program: This program is delivered by county Extension agents to teach men how to purchase, prepare and store food for a healthy diet.
  • It Could Be Salt’s Fault. A program delivered by county Extension agents to help reduce the sodium in participants’ diets.
  • Partners in Wellness (PIW) program: PIW is an interactive nutrition education program for adults and older adults, especially those who are limited in resources.

Selected Publications

  • McClelland, J.W. and Bird, C. L. (2013). Best Practices: Motivating Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues Journal, 18 (2).
  • Jayaratne, K.S.U., Bird, C. L., & McClelland, J. W. (2013). Application of crossover design for conducting rigorous Extension Evaluations. Journal of Extension. (April 29, 2013).
  • McClelland, J.W., Jayaratne, K.S.U., and Bird, C.L. (2013). Nutrition education brings behavior and knowledge change in limited-resource older adults. Journal of Extension. (April 29, 2013).
  • Rejeski, W. J., Mihalko, S.L., Ambrosius, W.T., Bearon, L.B. and McClelland, J.W. 2010. Weight Loss and Self-Regulatory Eating Efficacy in Older Adults: The Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program. The Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. vol 66B No 3 May 2011, pp. 279-286. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbq104.
  • Rejeski, W. Jack, Brubaker, Peter H., Goff, David C., Bearon, Lucille B., McClelland, Jacquelyn W., and Ambrosius, Walter T. 2010. Translating weight loss and physical activity programs into the community to preserve mobility in older, obese adults in poor cardiovascular health. JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of Internal Medicine). doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2010.522.
  • Bird, Carolyn L. and McClelland, Jacquelyn W. 2010. Practical Application of Theory-Driven Intervention to Extension Programming. Journal Of Extension. (Dec 16, 2010).
  • Bird, Carolyn L. and McClelland, Jacquelyn W. 2010. Practical Application of Theory-Driven Intervention to Extension Programming. Journal Of Extension. (Dec 16, 2010).
  • Johnson, Mary Ann, Park, Sohyun, Penn, Dawn, McClelland, Jacquelyn W., Brown, Katie, and Adler, Audrey. 2008. Nutrition Education Issues for Older Adults. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 13 (3).
  • Mitchell, R, Ash, SL, and McClelland, JW. Nutrition education among low-income older adults: A randomized trial in Congregate Nutrition Sites. Health Education and Behavior.2006: 33 (3): 374-392. (Received the Lawrence W. Green Award: ‘Paper of the Year’).
  • Zakir, S, Sarwar, M, Allen, J, Butt, MS, and McClelland, J. Impact of Sweet Potato Cultivars on Postprandial Blood Glucose Level in Normal and Diabetic Subjects (Empirical Test of Hypotheses on Pakistani Data). European Journal of Scientific Research. 2005: 11(No2):171-184.
  • Townsend, MS., Nitzke, S., Contento, I.R., McClelland, J.W., Keenan, D., and Brown, G. Use of the Theory of Planned Behavior to Design and Evaluate A Professional Development Workshop. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2003; 35(6):312-318.
  • Barkley, M.C., Higgins, M.M., McClelland, J.W., Saddam, A., and Hart, W.D. Purpose, Development and Evaluation of a Nutrition Education Program for Older Adults. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly. 2003; 22(4):55-60.

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Contact Information

Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
NC State University
512 Brickhaven Drive
Campus Box 7606
Raleigh, NC 27695-7606