Angie Abbott, assistant dean of Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) and associate director for Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences, aims to help Hoosiers thrive. A registered dietitian, Abbott started her career at Purdue Extension HHS with the goal of improving diet quality and well-being across the state of Indiana. Now, she leads the Purdue Extension HHS initiative. In doing so, Abbott seeks to continue to develop and improve educational programs across all Purdue Extension HHS areas, from nutrition and health to family and money.
Abbott holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Ball State University as well as a doctoral degree in education leadership from Creighton University. She has received multiple awards for her work, including the Member Media Award from the Indiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the 2018-2019 William (Bill) Bock Outstanding Alumnus Award from Ball State.
What are your responsibilities as the assistant dean of HHS and associate director for Purdue Extension?
As the assistant dean and associate director, I lead efforts related to outreach and engagement within the College of Health and Human Sciences and across the state with the Purdue Extension state-wide network. The community is our classroom.
How did you get involved in Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences?
I began my Purdue career in the Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program. The Nutrition Education Program targets limited-resource audiences with nutrition education. As a registered dietitian, I was looking for an opportunity to engage with audiences around prevention of illness through improved diet quality and increased physical activity, rather than on the treatment side of disease. Purdue Extension gave me the opportunity to focus on prevention through nutrition education.
In what ways have you seen the influence of Purdue Extension HHS’ programs in the community?
Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences is making a tremendous impact across the state in the areas of food, family, money and health. We help people strengthen families, spend smart, eat right and live well.
How does your background and experiences in dietetics and nutrition translate to Purdue Extension HHS?
I am a registered dietitian, and I use my skills in this area to lead the Nutrition Education Program, just one of many programs within Health and Human Sciences Extension. I have a particular interest in nutrition education for limited-resource audiences. My background in nutrition translates well to all of the other programs in HHS Extension. Much of the work we do focuses on positive behavior change. It doesn’t matter if we are trying to make smart dietary choices, smart parenting choices, smart spending choices or focusing on a healthy lifestyle – it all takes positive behavior change.
What is your favorite part of your role as assistant dean and associate director of Purdue Extension HHS?
My favorite part of the job is all of the people I get to engage with and meet. I am a people person and love making connections. I enjoy learning about people, their background and their hopes and dreams! The people are my favorite part of the job – both internal and external to Purdue!
What is a professional accomplishment of which you’re particularly proud?
As a leader, my greatest professional accomplishment is seeing my teammates, co-workers and colleagues succeed and accomplish their goals and make significant impacts in the community. None of my successes have come without the help of everyone around me. Everything we do is about partnerships and collaborations, and those are great accomplishments to me and the stakeholders who we serve!
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