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December 17, 2018

Color Me Stress Free

Do you know what stress is? Do you know how to recognize it? Color Me Stress Free is a program developed to help you learn what stress is, how to recognize it, and suggest ways to manage stress. This program will focus on one specific stress management technique, coloring. The program will teach you the benefits of coloring from a stress management perspective. There is a cost associated with this program.


*Strengthening Families Program: 10-14 - Begins Feb. 4, 2019

The World Health Organization named Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 the #1 prevention program out of 6,000 programs analyzed for long-term effects on substance use and misuse. Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 is an evidence-based parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum that:

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 is for families with youth in that age range.  It is 7 classes, for two hours each time. The first hour, parents and youth meet separately, and the second hour they join together for family activities. There is a cost associated with this program.


Sleep & Health

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of a person’s health, yet every day millions of Americans struggle to get the amount they need. According to Healthy People 2020, 25% of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep. This program will educate participants the different ways that sleep can impact their health and strategies to help meet sleep recommendations. This program is free.


Captain Cash

“Captain Cash” is an interactive educational program designed to teach basic financial management skills to youth. This dynamic curriculum was designed to address the following issues:

  1. Money behaviors observed and learned in childhood impact adult behaviors.
  2. Money management messages that children process in the home, the community, on television, and via other media.
  3. Individuals and families are not able to respond to economic disruptions because they have not learned critical money management concepts and skills

To address these issues, “Captain Cash” includes 4 classroom sessions of approximately 45 minutes each that focus on earning, saving, spending, and borrowing money. Each session introduces vocabulary words, one or more basic economic concepts, a game or activity, and a take-home handout. All lessons meet Indiana Academic Standards for math and social studies. Along with learning basic financial concepts, students will learn and practice important life skills to foster self-sufficiency. This program is free.


Where Does Your Money Go 

Do you know where your money goes? Most of us don’t. Where Does Your Money Go is a program designed to help you better understand how you spend your money. This program is free.

Session 1: Is there ever enough? Where does it go?

Session 2: Deciding where to spend it. How to make a plan. 



The ServSafe Program leads the way in providing comprehensive educational materials to the restaurant industry through face-to-face and online instruction. More than 5 million foodservice professionals have been certified through the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Examination, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute-Conference for Food Protection. ServSafe training and certification is recognized by more federal, state and local jurisdictions than any other food safety certification. Three areas of training that are available include: ServSafe Food Handler. There is a cost associated with this program. The Extension office will also proctor online exams and recertification exams.


Block Party

Block Party events are times of free play with blocks of all sizes for families and their children ages 8 months to 8 years. Block Party events provide an opportunity for parents to interact and play with their children while learning how they can help them develop a variety of skills through block play. Five stations are set up, each with a different set of blocks that aids the children in learning a specific skill. Parents are provided with parenting tips and information on how they can help their child or children develop each skill to the best of their ability. Research has shown that through block play children can learn a variety of skills such as math, science, social, physical, new words, pre-reading, creative and problem solving skills. Research has also shown that:

  1. Early block play provides aptitude and achievement differences by 7th grade and into high school.
  2. Dramatic (pretend) play predicts greater vocabulary growth in young children.
  3. Through play children learn to share, take turns, and negotiate.
  4. Block play teaches impulse control. This control predicts better school performance and less problem behaviors later.

Young children who hear more words learn more words. Early vocabulary growth predicts later reading achievement in school. This program is free.


The Basics: Without a Will in Indiana

This program focuses on the importance of wills in Indiana. During this program, participants will learn what a will is, how to create one, who can create one, and many more details of wills. This program is geared for adults. This program is free. 


Keeping Your Brain Young 

As we grow older, we tend to get wiser in many ways...thanks to experiences. We may be better at making decisions, have bigger vocabularies, and be more of an expert in certain areas than we were when we were younger. As our brains get older, however, it may be a bit harder for us to learn certain information or remember things. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to keep your brain sharp and working well throughout your life! This program will provide participants tips on how to improve their “cognitive vitality.” Knowledge is power! This program is free.


Getting Our Hearts Right

Conflict is a universal problem. We all hope to have good relationships, thriving marriages and families, close friendships, and well-functioning teams at work. And yet, along the way, we all encounter conflict and disagreements. Despite our best efforts and intentions, we bump into conflict regularly. The Getting Our Hearts Right Program is focused on three keys for getting past bias and strengthening relationships. When combined with our knowledge and skills, these keys can turn our differences and conflicts into harmony and growth. We won’t be different all at once. We should expect that it will take a while to get our hearts right and that we will likely make mistakes along the way. Don’t become discouraged or give up. Little by little we can learn to be more open to other people (humble), more sensitive to their concerns (compassionate) and more appreciative of their efforts (positive). When we use these principles that build healthy relationships, we can create new stories for our relationships, stories filled with peace, growth and sweet companionship. Getting our hearts right will help us have the thriving relationships we want! This program is free.


Ray & The Sunbeatables 

A sun safety curriculum for preschools, kindergarteners, and students in the first grader. This curriculum was created by MD Anderson Cancer Center. This program educates preschool directors, teachers, parents, and children about protecting themselves from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer. This program is free.


My Plate: A Nutrition Program 

This program focuses on the importance of healthy eating habits and can be taught to any age. During this program participants will learn about USDA's MyPlate, how to understand a nutrition label, and much more about nutrition! This program was designed for youth. This program is free.   


Managing Stress: Turning Challenges into Blessings 

Challenges are a little like rain showers on a summer day. They make life interesting. They water our plants. They support life. Of course, big storms may frighten and flood us too. They can drown our crops and ruin our parties. In your everyday life, you probably experience the full range of weather and challenges. There are sunny days when everything runs smoothly. Other days there are challenges that inconvenience us, but also stretch us and benefit our lives. Then there are the big storms that frighten us and throw our lives off course. This program teaches you ways to turn your stresses into growth, your challenges into blessings. This program is free.   


Dining with Diabetes (DWD)

Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death. Dining with Diabetes (DWD) is a cooking school for people with diabetes, those at risk for diabetes, and caregivers of those with diabetes. DWD consists of four sessions and a two-month follow-up session. This program has a cost associated with it.


Co-Parenting for Successful Kids

This program helps parents develop plans for respectful, responsive and responsible co-parenting. The program is designed for separating, divorcing or non-married parents that have a child together. The program has 8 modules:

  1. How children are affected by divorce, and stages of grief
  2. Issues of developmental ages and stage.
  3. What affects a child's adjustment
  4. Parenting styles
  5. Discipline
  6. Who wants to play this game?
  7. The parenting plan
  8. Manage your stress

This course is one, 4-hour session. Parents will gain positive educational experiences by being in a classroom with others in similar situations.  The program is presented through a PowerPoint presentation, videos, and pages for participates to complete to develop plans as a co-parent. Spiral bound booklets are provided to participants. There is a cost associated with this program.  




The Marriage Garden

Cultivating a good marriage is like two people growing a healthy garden. To achieve a full and satisfying harvest, the gardeners must work in harmony with one another, using the right tools, gardening wisdom, and a willing spirit. The gardening process teaches us vital - and sometimes painful - lessons about life. The struggle is worth it: both good marriages and healthy gardens can enrich and delight us. But neither happens by chance. The Marriage Garden curriculum includes a series of six lessons developed by the University of Arkansas Extension Service.


The Personal Journey

None of us can coast to a mountain top. We must work, struggle, and climb. The same is true for having a great life. We won't get there by accident or without effort. If we make good choices along life's path, we are likely to have a successful journey. In this program you will be making many choices along your way. You can make the personal journey more enjoyable and productive by taking time to think about, write about, and act on the ideas presented. This program is made up of six, one hour sessions and is designed for Extension Homemakers, youth, and adults. This program is free.


Be Heart Smart

Be Heart Smart (BHS) is a program for individuals who want to learn more about preventing heart disease by making heart-healthy lifestyle changes. This program teaches participants how to monitor risk factors for heart disease and how to make simple changes to daily routines that can improve heart health. This program is comprised of four, one hour lessons.


Get WalkIN’

Get WalkIN' is an email-based walking program. Get WalkIN' is 12 weeks long, with e-mail messages being sent to participants twice weekly for the first four weeks and then weekly for the next eight weeks. These messages target principles of self-efficacy, social support, and goal setting, with the intention of increased walking among adults. Get WalkIN' aims to promote increased physical activity through walking in communities by equipping Extension Educators with reliable and shareable information for participants about the health benefits of walking, tailorable walking program e-mail messages, as well as several practical resources guides and strategies for starting and maintaining a walking routine. This program is unique in that it is entirely email-based. This program is free.  


Portion Distortion

This program focuses on food portions. How have portions and caloric intake changed over the past twenty years? What should a portion look like? How much of what food group should I be eating to remain healthy? This program looks at this and much more. Program is one session that lasts about one hour depending on the class size. This program is free. 


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