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Jim Painter


Jim Painter earned a BS in nutrition from Southern Illinois University, an MS from Oklahoma State University, and a PhD from the University of Illinois. Jim has been a registered dietitian since 1980 and has served as the director of nutrition research for the California Raisin Marketing Board, and as a nutrition adviser for businesses and organizations including Sun-Maid Growers of California , Paramount Farms Wonderful Pistachios, and the National Dairy Council. He has also served on the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Healthier Diet Business Committee and the AHA Eat Right Task Force. He is currently a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a former member of the Society for Nutrition Education.

He taught nutrition at the University of Illinois during the 1990s and chaired the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University until 2013. He is currently a professor emeritus at Eastern Illinois University and an adjunct professor at the University of Texas.

His current research interests include reducing risk of heart disease through phytonutrient and dietary intervention, controlling weight through mindful eating and stealthy calorie intake restriction, and developing delicious dishes made with whole foods that are low in added sugar and high in nutrients.

Jim has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations to his credit and has authored the textbooks The Art of Nutritional Cooking and Nutrition You Can Use. His latest book, Let’s Eat Mindfully!, is designed for the lay person to use as a tool to consume less by changing the dining environment.  

He and his wife Rosemary spend their time split between South Padre Island, Texas, and Champaign, Illinois, where their two sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren reside.

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