Purdue Extension in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) is a network of county-based Extension Educators that serve all 92 Indiana counties. These Educators draw upon research and expertise from Purdue University to educate communities and help identify practical solutions to local needs. HHS Extension delivers educational programs, applied research and resources to your community, with a focus on issues related to food, family, money and health. Every year, Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences reaches more than 1 million residents with our educational programs– improve quality of life for individuals and families across Indiana.

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Through cooperation with the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, IEHA offers a wide range of lessons at no charge. Program areas include:

  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Human Development
  • Family Resource Management
  • Health
  • Special Interest Lessons


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Food and Nutrition

Meals in a Mug

Joanne Lytton, Area 8

Do you enjoy cooking, but usually only need to cook for 1 to 2 people or have a very busy lifestyle? Learn about meals in a mug, which is the perfect solution if you are in one of these situations. They are quick and easy optionsfor busy people and are also budget-friendly

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Nutrition and Immunity

Toyna Short, Area 3

Everything you eat and drink matters. Find your healthy eating style that reflects your preferences, culture, traditions, and budget—and maintain it for a lifetime! The right mix can help you be healthier now and into the future. The key is choosing a variety of foods and beverages from each food group—and making sure that each choice is limited in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. Start with small changes—“MyWins”—to make healthier choices you can enjoy.

Other resources: https://ieha-families.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Area-3-crossword.docx

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Superfoods: Fruits & Vegetables

Provided By Area 1: Angela Rathert, Jefferson County

Participants will identify why fruits and vegetables are so important to include in a healthy diet. Participants will increase the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat each day.

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Coconut Craze

Provided By Area 6: Christina Ferroli, Marion County

Learn about coconut oil and its uses.

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Cooking with Honey

Provided By Area 2: Janet Steffens, Floyd County

Honey can be used for cooking and adds small amounts of nutrients to the diet. It makes a good spread for breads and tasty sandwich fillings when mixed with other ingredients. Honey can be used as a sweetener for fruits, beverages, and in any food that is sweetened, including baked goods. This lesson includes delicious recipes using honey and will explain many ideas and uses for honey.

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Gluten Free - The Gluten Basics

Provided By Area 11: Abigail Creigh, Noble County

What is gluten? What foods have gluten? Are foods naturally gluten-free? Who benefits from a gluten-free diet? In this lesson, you will gain the answers to these questions, along with an understanding of our growing gluten-free community. Due to the popular demand for gluten-free products, in 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued a definition of the term gluten-free. As well, gluten-free products are now easier for consumers to identify by the “certified gluten-free” seals on products and to order in restaurants from gluten-free menus.

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Dinner's Ready...But is it Safe?

Provided By Area 3: Jane Jett, Posey County & Brenda Hagedorn, Spencer County

We are fortunate to live in a country with highly effective food safety standards for producers, wholesalers and retailers. Specific government agencies are responsible for establishing food safety standards, conducting inspections and ensuring that the standards are met. But once the food is purchased and taken home, it is then the responsibility of the consumer to maintain its safety. This lesson will focus on safe food preparation and handling at home, including tips on cooking, temperatures, storage and cleaning.

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Mixes In a Jar

Provided By Area 8: Joanne Lytton, Carroll County

Gift giving can be easy and economical if you make a mix in a jar for someone. You can show someone how much you care by giving them a beautiful homemade gift jar filled with the ingredients to make a delicious recipe. You will learn some tips and safety information for making your own jar gifts as well as some creative ways to share great recipes. Plus, many of the recipes include tips for making: ““Healthy Mixes in a Jar”. You will learn to substitute ingredients to reduce carbs and sodium. Plus, complete directions are given to demonstrate 2 healthy mixes – cookie with sugar substitutes and a salad.

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Healthy Eating When Eating Out

Provided By Area 10: Karen Richey, Marshall County

In our fast-paced lifestyles, we find ourselves eating out more frequently - making it more of a challenge to eat healthy meals. Learn some strategies to help you select healthier menu choices at the variety of restaurants and cuisine styles you may visit. You will be challenged to select a healthy meal to reach your nutrition goals from the menu provided.

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Family Resource Management

A Homeowner’s Work is Never Done: Getting the Help You Need

Harriet Armstrong, Area 1

Home ownership is something that many look forward to, but there always seems to be something which needs to be done. Be a smart consumer of home products and services by knowing what to look for.

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Downsizing Your Home

Annetta Jones & Mandy Medbourn, Area 10

Downsizing a home is an increasingly popular trend among homeowners. Downsizing to a smaller home offers homeowners a number of advantages, including less maintenance, and significant savings on utilities, taxes and insurance. For older adults, the downsizing process is particularly appealing as it allows for the realization of retirement goals, a simplified lifestyle, and to live closer to family.

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Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors

Lisa Cangany, Area 6

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” Why? Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts. Financial scams also often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they’re devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses.

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Reverse Mortgages

Provided By Area 3: Jennifer Stefancik, Daviess County & Kristina Deters, Warrick County

Learn about reverse mortgages.

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Do You Want to Have a Say?

Provided By Area 5: Lori Bouslog, Sullivan County

Estate planning is more than the process of determining the distribution of your assets upon your death. It also includes making decisions about who is going to manage your personal affairs when you are no longer able. Would you rather the courts make those decisions, or “Do You Want to Have a Say?”

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Oh No! I Think I've Just Been Scammed

Provided By Area 9: Denise Schroeder, White County; Mandy Medbourn, Pulaski/Starke; Jean Akers, Warren County

Have an issue with a product or service? Not sure whom to contact or what questions to ask? Not sure what your rights concerning financial products or services? This lesson outlines steps to take when you are dissatisfied with a product or service, explains your rights and provides contact information for a complaint.

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What Is It With These New Light Bulbs?

Provided By Area 1: Harriet Armstrong, Bartholomew County

There are many new lighting alternatives on the market. What are the different types available and how do they compare? What should one look for when purchasing? Participants will have a better understanding of what lighting options are available and be able to evaluate which ones best meet their needs for a particular environment.

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Reduce Spending for Special Occasions & Holidays

Provided By Area 6: Diana Stone, Shelby County

Throughout the year, consumers spend a significant amount of money for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, weddings, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and many other special occasions. The average person spends over $1000 per year for Valentine’s Day and Christmas together. Learn a variety of ways to reduce spending with ideas for decorations, costumes, gifts, paper products, food choices, and much more. Enjoy the special occasions next year without breaking the bank!

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Responding to Color as We Age

Provided By Area 10: Linda Curley, Lake County

This program addresses the idea of choosing color to satisfy our physical, emotional, and nutritional needs as we age.It will help us to understand how color can affect us when planning our surrounding to meet our needs Learn to see how color affects what we appear to see, our emotions, and even our safety.

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Color Me Stress Free

Brittney Schori,, Area 11

Do you know what stress is? Is it good or bad? Do you know how to recognize when you are stressed? Can stress impact our health? Is it preventable? Manageable? Why should we be knowledgeable about it? This interactive program was developed to educate participants aboutstress, how to recognize it and how it can be managed

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Discovering the Best Version of You Through Behavior Change

Daron Monnin, Area 7

What does the best version of you look like? I’m not referring to the skinny, athletic you. I mean the actual best version of yourself. The version with the most confidence, highest self-esteem, and most unconditional love, yes, that you. According to some researchers, behavior change occurs mainly as a result of internal motivation instead of external influence. This means that if we, as individuals, want to change our lives we must want to change. Many of us like the idea of our best selves but don’t appreciate the work required to achieve it. So how do we bridge the gap between the idea of changing our bad habits, wanting to change, and putting in the work to change? Discover how small changes, self-affirmation, and a little motivation can lead to your best self.

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Jump-Start Your Immune System

Soyna Mitchell & Janet Steffens, Area 2

In this lesson you’ll learn about the role of your immune system and how to take care of it. This lesson will help you get started on taking steps to boost your immune system through food, exercise, sleep, and good hygiene practices.

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Safe Disposal of Unneeded Medications

Provided By Area 2: Marilyn Sink, Clark County & Molly Marshall, Jackson County

Do you have medication that has expired, gone unused or is unwanted and are unsure of how to dispose of it? During this session, participants will learn how to dispose of medication immediately and properly. Practicing secure medication storage and proper disposal helps prevent accidental poisoning, prescription drug abuse or drug diversion in your home and community. Taking medication as prescribed also helps you keep track of current medications. We all have a part to play in building healthier and safer communities. Do your part by storing your medication safely, then when the time comes, properly disposing of medications.

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Let's Get Outside

Provided By Area 9: Kelsie Muller, Benton County & Amanda Galloway, Fountain County

Time spent outdoors is good for our health, so why are we not spending as much time outdoors? According to the National Wildlife Association, the amount of time spent outside for adults and children alike is alarmingly low- only minutes per day-while screen time is at an all-time high. All the while, there are many health benefits of green time and connecting with nature. Feeling sluggish? Let’s get outside.

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Health of Your Home - Lead & Radon

Provided By Area 1: Peggy Ehlers, Switzerland County

This lesson identifies sources of lead that are common in the home, describes the risks associated with lead exposure, and recommends ways to remove or reduce lead exposure.

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Alphabet Soup: Making Sense of Vitamin & Mineral Supplement

Provided By Area 7: Alicia Criswell, Wayne County

This program identifies the reasons for taking vitamin and mineral supplements, and how/when specific supplements should be used. The program will also help identify potentially dangerous levels of some supplements, while examining how certain supplements may interfere with some prescription medicines.

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Hydrating for Your Health

Provided By Area 6: Megan Addison, Hancock County

Your body is 60% water! Hydrating properly is very important in order to keep the body operating efficiently. The body depends on water to aid bodily functions including digestion, blood flow, heart activity, and the mental process. Proper hydration can improve every body function. Learn the signs of dehydration, the consequences of dehydration, and tips of staying hydrated in the lesson.

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Fall Free: A Lesson on Fall Prevention

Provided By Area 10: Jaclyn Franks, Kosciusko County

Have you fallen before? Or are you at risk? Do you know how to safely get up if you do fall? This program will discuss falls as well as how to prevent them by improving balance. This lesson included a tool to assess your risk of falling and will direct you to resources for balance exercises you can try.

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Portion Control

Provided By Area 2: Gail Peitzmeier, Crawford County

Portions of the food we eat have increased over the years resulting in larger waistlines as well. Confusion lies in what is really a serving size and how much we should really eat. Learn how to determine a true portion size and then compare to what we actually serve up on our plates.

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Sleep and Health

Provided By Area 7: Demarcus Sneed, Madison County

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of a person’s health, yet every day millions of Americans struggle to get the amount that they need. According to Healthy People 2020, 25 percent of U.S. adults are reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. In this lesson, participants will learn about the different ways that sleep can impact their health as well as strategies to help meet recommendations.

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Take Time for Your Health

Provided By Area 11: Molly Hoag, Wells County

Do you often find yourself saying “I don’t have time for this?” Does your family, job, volunteer work, housework, responsibilities and hobbies make it seem impossible to live a healthy lifestyle? Is your calendar too full to work out for 60 minutes a day? Do you lack motivation and energy for exercise? At the end of the day, do you feel too tired to fix a healthy meal? No time for sickness? If you answered yes to any of these questions this lesson might be what you need to make healthy choices without a huge time commitment.

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De-Stress in the Garden

Provided By Area 11: Megan Peterson, Steuben County

Stress management with plants and herbs. Recipes, techniquesand tips included.

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Human Development

Aging Well in Place

Kelsie Muller, Area 9

About one-fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 or older by the year 2030. The irony is that everyone wants to live a long time, and no one wants to actually be old. Most people in the boomer generation say that they want to live in their home as they age, or what is called “Age in Place”.

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How Resilient Are You?

Gail Wright Area 5

Resilience is the key in life that gives us the strength to cope with challenges, stress and hardships. We are all resilient to some degree – but some people seem to be more naturally able to stay calm in every situation. Are the times in life we felt more resilient than others? Walk through the following and learn: • How Resilient You Are? • Why is resilience helpful; what factors contribute to resilience. • Discover 10 ways to become more resilient.

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Reminiscence Writing

Provided By Area 7:

Creating Your Written Legacy for Yourself and the Next Generation

Did you know that, according to medical researchers, the immune system actually grows stronger when you write about true events that you discover in your memory? However, the task of writing your life story may seem overwhelming for even experienced writers. One of the measures of a life well lived must surely be the stories that flow from memories across a lifetime of both the incredible and the simple experiences each of us hold in our mind and our hearts. Be sure that the beauty and uniqueness of your own life is documented for generations to come!

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Stress & Self Care

Provided By Area 5: Courtney Stewart, Monroe County

Learn about stress and how it impacts the body and the mind. This lesson will cover stress warning signs, causes and easy to implement solutions on how to reduce or eliminate stress in your life. This lesson describes what self-care is and how to cultivate it in your life using nature, relaxation techniques and technology. A short and easy to do guided imagery exercise is included and explained.

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Planning for Unexpected Life Events

Provided By Area 8: Jane Horner, Cass County

We never truly know what tomorrow will bring but being prepared for an unexpected life event can reduce the stress if one should occur. Planning ahead gives you control and options for your situation. It can relieve stress of decision-making from family members. It saves money and helps you avoid financial disaster or setback. You now have time for gathering information, comparing options, and determining which options help achieve what is most important.

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The Value of Friendships

Provided By Area 3: Karel Kirschner, Knox County; Meagan Brothers, Vanderburgh County

Research has shown that having a close circle of friends not only enriches our lives but also is a key factor in our longevity. Our long-time friends often know us better than we know ourselves and accept us in spite of our shortcomings. They provide much needed support during the stressful times we experience. This lesson will help you learn how to reconnect and nourish friendships by engaging in fun activities as well as meaningful conversations.

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Provided By Area 8: Terri Newcom, Tipton County

This mindfulness session helps you rewind, focus, and better tackle life’s situations. Mindfulness simply means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Learn how mindfulness can help you de-stress and learn to better enjoy all aspects of life!

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Effective Team Time

Provided By Area 5: Emily Roth, Monroe County & Brooke Wilkinson, Clay & Owen Counties

Packed with strategies, tips, and activities you can quickly put into practice, this lesson shows how you can build productive teams and intentionally create an environment of engagement in your club or organization. Four main concepts that this lesson will cover include: (1) establishing guidelines and protocols, including drafting agendas and timelines; (2) managing and resolving conflicts, including giving honest feedback and building team morale; (3) improve decision-making skills, including creating win-win situations and improving flexibility and efficiency; and (4) building team capability, including evaluating and sustaining teamwork.

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As the Band Marches On

Provided By Area 9: Kathy Murray, Tippecanoe County & Alice Smith, Jasper County Are you marching to the beat of a Golden Girl/Drum Major or is aging being drummed up and pounding negatively in your ears. Do you see a sparkle in your eyes but a slow beat to your gait? Step up move on in life as a Golden Girl/Drum Major with places to go and things to do. Let’s dispel the Myths of Aging and march on to the beat of the Big Bass Drum.

Aging is not a process of decline; it is a process of marching forward, of continuing to meet life’s challenges and of growing into a complete human being. The second half of life brings many changes which brings new freedom and opportunities. If you can cope successfully with change, you will continue to grow.

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IEHA Education Focus Group Lessons

Everyday Gardening For Everyone

With a few creative adaptations anybody can garden. This booklet developed by the IEHA Education Focus Group gives handy tips and suggestions.

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Life Skills 101

All life skills are about making choices, the value of hard work, manners, honesty, how to respect and treat people, getting an education, and the desire to be successful.

This booklet can be downloaded to learn more. Use it as a personal resource, and for a lesson and discussion topic in your club.

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Affordable Fun With the Family

An IEHA Education Focus Group publication new for 2010-11, Affordable Fun With the Family's purpose is to promote togetherness for families of all economic levels. Resources are provided to help you plan activities that will include the entire family. Some suggestions may be ones that you have used and would like to try again, and hopefully some are new ideas that will encourage you to plan new activities.

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Life Made Simple

The simple life is best defined as a journey. It is a removal of the things that distract us; posessions and commitments that are no longer meaningful and household or other duties that are not necessary. The simple life is best approached slowly, starting with the little things.

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Leave Your Excuses at the Door

Create healthy habits for you and your family and "Leave Your Excuses at the Door".

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Preserving Your Story

Download this latest Education Focus Group booklet to get suggestions and ideas on how to collect and save your memories, records, and heirlooms.

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EveryBODY Needs to Move

Use this lessons to learn the benefits of an active lifestyle and get MOVING.

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How to Stay Safe in Today's World

By learning a few safety precautions you can be safe on the Internet. This booklet created by the IEHA Education Focus Group helps provide that valuable information.

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IEHA Leadership Focus Group Lessons


Another i-LEaD presentation from the Fall 2014 District Meetings, "Teamwork" will give you tips to help your "team" work effectively.

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Get Online With Technology

This lesson may help you understand some of today's current technology.

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Your Image Is Showing

You have an image. The organizations you belong to have images as well. You project that image verbally, nonverbally and in written communications. You cannot NOT communicate. Learn tips and techniques here.

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First Things First - How to Prioritize

Many of us complain about not having enough time for the goals we want to accomplish. Perhaps understanding the difference between priorities and goals may be the key to achieving success. This lesson presented by the i-LEaD Board at Fall 2018 District Meetings will help you start by defining priorities and goals.

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Meeting in Progress

Most people dread going to meetings. We try to find excuses to miss a meeting. This lesson, presented by i-LEaD Board members at Fall 2017 District Meetings, explores some ways to improve meetings and inspire members to attend and participate.

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Congratulations You've Been Elected

You may use this lesson to train your local officers!

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Kraft Foods

Choose the “How-To Videos” tab to see short videos on specific recipes. They can be informative about techniques, dress, use of knives, etc.

If you choose “Step by Step Recipes”, there are slide-illustrated recipes. You may not choose that recipe, but good techniques are illustrated.

Under “Charts and Guides”, there are sections on Grilling Secrets illustrated with slides and Knife Skills has a printable one page quide and a video to watch.

In addition to Knife Skills, the Kitchen Basics videos offer some other technique helps.

Better Homes and Gardens

At the Better Homes and Gardens website under Food & Recipes category, there are slide shows to help with specific techniques.

Under Cooking Techniques, there are Steaming Basics, Stir-Fry Basics, Frying Basics, etc.

There are cutting tips for all kinds of foods with step-by-step directions illustrated with close-up slides.

Southern Living

Find videos here with basic techniques demonstrated.