Working in conjunction with HHS Extension, Nutrition Science specialists in the department develop programs aimed at helping consumers better understand and evaluate nutrition and food safety information. Extension educators in Indiana's 92 counties are a vital link in the community forproviding information and educational programming at the point-of-need to enhance lives, homes, and communities. The Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP) of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) aims to link the experience and skills of community leaders, health professionals, and university researchers to improve the health of Indiana citizens.
The Demonstration Kitchen provides an opportunity to deliver a variety of nutrition messages and information to a diverse audience. The Nutrition Science Department offers multiple cooking demonstrations on a variety of topics intended to reach members of the local community as well as Purdue students, staff and faculty.
In the mid-1990s, Nutrition Science faculty had a vision for forging a stronger connection between academia and the corporations that benefit from research findings and talent cultivated by the department. Their dream led to the creation of two different programs, Corporate Affiliates and Executive in the Classroom, that today offer boundless opportunities for collaboration.