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
  • Special Interest Lessons


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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Food and Nutrition

Eat, Play, Grow: Creative Cooking with Kids

Provided By: Stacey Faith, Vigo County, Area 5

It is common to see kids’ behaviors as a reflection of those around them. They may see their parents, grandparents or siblings eating (or not eating) certain foods, and they base their decisions on what they see. We want to introduce positive, healthy food choices into our youth, so why not start in the kitchen! This lesson will provide some tips and suggestions for raising healthy eaters by getting them in the kitchen and helping prepare some delicious recipes everyone will love!

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Have a Healthy Heart

Provided By: Deb Arseneau, Newton County & Monica Wilhoite, Montgomery County, Area 9

Have you thought about your Heart lately? It is the hardest working muscle, pumping on average 100,000 times each day. This lesson includes information about managing your risk factors for heart disease, identifying warning signs for women and heart attacks, and making healthy choices.

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Superfoods: Fruits & Vegetables

Provided By: Angela Rathert, Jefferson County, Area 1

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: Christina Ferroli, Marion County, Area 6

Learn about coconut oil and its uses.

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Cooking with Honey

Provided By: Janet Steffens, Floyd County, Area 2

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: Abigail Creigh, Noble County, Area 11

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

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: Joanne Lytton, Carroll County, Area 8

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: Karen Richey, Marshall County, Area 10

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

Fraud Alert

Provided By: Nancy Manuel, Adams County, Area 11

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they are now considered “the crime of the 21st century”. Find out the latest methods of “scamming” and learn how you can protect yourself!

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Reverse Mortgages

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

Learn about reverse mortgages.

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Do You Want to Have a Say?

Provided By: Lori Bouslog, Sullivan County, Area 5

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

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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Are You Really Prepared for Emergencies

Provided By: Jackie Benham, Scott County, Area 2

Besides having an emergency route…do you have a meeting place? Do you know all of your account numbers of credit cards, bank account numbers, and retirement plans etc. Are you prepared for taking care of your family pets? Do you have a supply of food and water to sustain your family for at least three days? Do you know what to include in your emergency kit to get your family through the first 3 or more days? We will discuss all of these questions and help prepare your family for such emergencies.

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What Is It With These New Light Bulbs?

Provided By: Harriet Armstrong, Bartholomew County, Area 1

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: Diana Stone, Shelby County, Area 6

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: Linda Curley, Lake County, Area 10

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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Move It or Lose It

Provided by: Megihann Leininger, Fulton County, Area 8

A sedentary life style is one of the largest risk factors for cardiovascular and other diseases, yet too few of us make daily exercise a priority. The key to fitting in fitness is making it a priority and making it convenient. This lesson will help you share ideas, provide tips and discuss strategies for adding regular exercise to your daily routine.

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Prescription Drugs - A Bitter Pill in Indiana

Provided by: Susan Plassmeier, Vanderburg County & Jan Dougan, Dubois County, Area 3

Each year millions of people use prescription medications safely to help treat and cure illnesses as well as prevent further disease complications. While most prescriptions are used as directed, there are a growing number of cases of misuse of prescription drugs. According to the Indiana Attorney General prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic.

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Safe Disposal of Unneeded Medications

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

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

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: Peggy Ehlers, Switzerland County, Area 1

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: Alicia Criswell, Wayne County, Area 7

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: Megan Addison, Hancock County, Area 6

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: Jaclyn Franks, Kosciusko County, Area 10

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: Gail Peitzmeier, Crawford County, Area 2

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: Demarcus Sneed, Madison County, Area 7

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: Molly Hoag, Wells County, Area 11

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: Megan Peterson, Steuben County, Area 11

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

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Human Development

Growing Old Alone - Ways to Stay Active

Provided By: Shannon Chipman, Ohio County, Area 1

Ways to stay active, engaged and in charge of your life.

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Responding to Color as We Age

Provided By: Linda Curley, Lake County, Area 10

Our home may be a place to relax, to retreat from stresses in our environment, to join in activities or to work. Planning our surroundings to meet our needs begins by trying to understand how color affects us. Color may affect what we appear to see, our emotions, and even our safety, but do we really understand it? This program will address the idea of choosing color to satisfy our physical and emotional needs within our environment.

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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: Courtney Stewart, Monroe County, Area 5

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: Jane Horner, Cass County, Area 8

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

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: Terri Newcom, Tipton County, Area 8

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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Building Strong Families Through Humor

Provided By: Lisa Cangany, Boone County, Area 6

Humor is very beneficial to build a strong family. Humor can be a very effective tool to help families cope during the good and bad time. Learn how laughter and joy can strengthen the family unit and how to add laughter to your life.

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Effective Team Time

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

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 "Golden Girls and Drum Majors" March On

Provided By: Kathy Murray, Tippecanoe County & Alice Smith, Jasper County, Area 9

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. Download this booklet for helpful hints and suggestions

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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". Download this booklet for suggestions and activities.

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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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