Deana Hildebrand’s passion is to empower youth and families in developing healthy eating habits and living active lives. Her career in academics was preceded by teaching high school Family and Consumer Sciences and 17 years working with Child Nutrition Programs at the state and local levels, including School Lunch and Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food Programs and WIC Service She is a registered dietitian, School Nutrition Specialist and serves as an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist focusing on maternal, child and family nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Oklahoma State University.
Her work with Cooperative Extension aims to create environments to support families and youth in making healthy choices where they live, work and learn. To educate elementary school age children on the relationship between food and health, she and her colleagues developed the Farm to You program (a traveling, interactive agriculture, nutrition and health exhibit) targeting elementary school age children, which was awarded the 2010 Champion of Child Health and the distinguished Champion of Oklahoma Health by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Foundation.
In collaboration with Cooperative Extension and the Oklahoma State Department of Education she developed and lead school nutrition training efforts related to implementation of the Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act in Oklahoma. As the Governor’s appointee, she serves in an advisory role to the Oklahoma Certified Healthy School Program that promotes and recognizes research-based nutrition and physical activity policies.
Her and her colleagues’ work is published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from University of Central Oklahoma and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.
Associate Professor/Extension Nutrition Specialist
Oklahoma State University