NOBLE COUNT HHS
Abigail Creigh,Purdue Extension Home Health & Human Sciences Educator.
Abigail is a licensed dietitian with the state of Indiana and a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Abigail received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Purdue University, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Murray State University. Her 18 years of experience has been in a variety of areas within Food, Nutrition, and Wellness and during this time, she has worked in many settings including hospital inpatient & outpatient; PK-12th grade, college and university classes; sports facilities; health clinics; and employee work sites. With a significant passion for community nutrition and food safety, Abigail is excited to have the opportunity to share this passion through the work she does with Extension. Abigail has now been with Purdue Extension for over 5 years. She is a member of the Purdue Extension Food Safety Advisory Board, and holds a certification with the National Restaurant Association as an Instructor and Proctor for their food safety certification programs.
Coming in 2021-2022 Program year: HHS Area XI Educators have started a Connect Inspire Grow video series with various topics to impact our families and communities. Topics ranging from Health and nutrition to family wellness and finances. This 9 county project is available on our You tube channel at:
Purdue Extension - Area 11 HHS
The Extension Homemakers have been busy again making a positive impact in Noble County!
The Extension Homemakers endeavor to educate, aid and assist families, farms and special interests groups in Noble County. They are a presence at various festivals, fairs and events in the area and raise money for scholarships and programs to empower families and homes.
Through donations and grants the First Book for Kids project focuses on literacy and putting books into the hands of preschool children in our area. Extension homemakers were able to deliver books to 4 locations in the county. In the past we were able to read to the children at these locations and are hopeful that we will be able to do that again when restrictions are lifted.
In Spring of 2021 homemakers made pillowcases and tote bags for the patients at Riley's Children's hospital. Donated fabrics were used to make 68 bags and 32 pillow cases. The Homemakers are scheduled for another project day this fall to assemble handmade items for Hospice patients in the area.
Connect Inspire Grow Nov- Diabetes and Nutrition with Abigail Creigh
ServSafe Food Manager:
ServSafe educates food service workers about food safety. This nationally recognized program is offered in Noble county a few time a year and serves providers in various food industries.
ServSafe Food Protection Manager is their highest certification, and focuses on five aspects:
• Foodborne microorganisms & allergens
• Personal hygiene
• Purchasing, receiving, & storage
• Preparing, cooking, and serving
• Facilities, cleaning/sanitation, & managing pests
For more info or online registration go to: www.purdue.edu/servsafe/workshops
• Noble County Middle schoolers were engaged in a 3-day Food Challenge during 2020-21 program year. Students gained knowledge of proper handwashing, MyPlate, basic meal preparation, along with effective communication with teammates & judges. Impact included: before the challenge 54% knew all 5 food groups & 76% understood safe food handling skills; afterwards 75% of students reported knowing the 5 food groups & 82% knew safe food handling skills. Program is supported by the school’s principle and FACS teacher and scheduled every year.
• 4-wk Dining With Diabetes, held in-person for the 1st time at Community Learning Center, the class was a success. DWD standard surveys completed. Participant shared, “Blood Sugars usually in the 200’s has been averaging 140-180 since starting the program”. Same individual recorded a testimony video after completing program, & shared at 3-month follow up visit that she lost 40lbs. & her A1C is down to 7.6 from a 9.7! We will continue to offer this program in Noble County and looking at partnering with local medical offices.
• Captain Ca$h was presented in-person to two 3rd grade classes. Students completed the IRB-approved surveys. Each student was provided a paperback copy of A Chair for my Mother, after the story was read in the classroom; books were purchased from county financial literacy funds.
• Get WalkIN’ 46 participants signed-up for e-mail program April – June. Educators shared program info as outlined by program leader. 3 month follow up survey sent for checking in on progress. We also worked with the Arc Noble County Foundations during program to assist staff in encouraging physical activity among residents who are still cautioned being in public spaces due to covid-19 & underlying health risks. In addition to program e-mails, educator scheduled 2 other events with group (via Zoom), Hydration for Health & a Walk Indoors workout session.
• HHS Area XI Ext. Educators developed 5 virtual programming series over 13 mo. Each series included 4 different sessions during the month offered. This resulted in a total of 20 presentations. 425 participants connected live or by watching the recorded sessions. Of the 425 participants, 30% were engaged in health topics, 25% in nutrition, 25% in family and 20% in finance related topics. It is our hope that by connecting virtually our participants had a safe way to learn how to improve their health, nutrition, finances and family relationships.
2022 Extension Homemakers Scholarship Time!
Accepting Applications now till April 1st.
Follow link below for application and contact the office at 260-636-2111
Monday-Friday 8am-4pm with any questions.