Jane Clary Loveless, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Jane Clary Loveless, is the National Program Leader for nutrition/extension for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, in the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition. Her specialization area is community nutrition and health and technology based nutrition and health education for young families with children to help combat childhood obesity. Clary Loveless is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. For over 20 years, Clary Loveless has worked as a professor and extension specialist, at Purdue University, where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate programs, and Mississippi State University, on the design, implementation, and evaluation of community based programs for land-grant institutions providing evidence-based healthy lifestyle programs to families in the Midwest and the Southern regions. Currently, she is working with the Community Food Projects, Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, and the Childhood Obesity issues at USDA, co-leading the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Childhood Obesity Prevention Program with Dr. Deirdra Chester, and leads the nutrition portfolio team. On November 5th 2015, she received as group leader, along with the team, the “USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for successfully implementing the Food insecurity Nutrition Incentive interagency program to address food insecurity and increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers."
Currently, Dr. Clary Loveless holds memberships in the following professional organizations: The American Society for Nutrition, the American Public Health Association, Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, National Association of Professional Women, and the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Clary Loveless has spoken both nationally and internationally on nutrition and health topics as well as on community based wellness programs using technology and social media.